Ashley Towner describes in this article the formation of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, a group of Detroit-area municipalities that have banded together to accomplish common goals. Among those goals are implementing transit-oriented development from Detroit to Ann Arbor and creating connections between college planning students in Michigan and the municipalities that they will serve. This sort of regional collaboration, though not necessarily being organized into one regional government as some interpret the position of The Charter of the New Urbanism to be, is certainly a step in the right direction. As these municipalities unite to tackle the major problems facing the Detroit metro area, especially as American car companies begin to fail, they will be able to pool their resources for the greater good of the larger community.
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