The Downtown Development Authority is considering improvements to Huron street, Fifth Avenue, and Division, including “bike lanes, art sculptures and trees” by commissioning a $500,000 study. I applaud their initiative, but it seems secretive – the Ann Arbor News must concede “details are sketchy.” I believe planning of this sort comes out best when the most community members – especially the people who actually use the street – have input. However, the DDA is quasi-private, and can commission expensive private studies with taxpayer money without citizen oversight. That matter aside, here are my suggestions: a tree-lined median with broad crosswalks and benches, parking along both sides (to slow traffic and make pedestrians feel safer), and wider, well-lit sidewalks.

> “DDA: Streets in need of makover”

Author: Rob