The session was led by DDA president Mike Jackson, who owns Vogels & Fosters, and city manager John Hanifan. The process involved small break out sessions, where groups of 6-8 people brainstormed topics such as (pardon my paraphrasing):
- "What aspects of Chelsea are you most proud of?"
- "What trends -- both good and bad -- are affecting Chelsea's future?"
- "What would you like to see in Chelsea's future, 20 years from now?"
Being both a resident and business owner, it was very interesting to learn and discuss the ideas and complaints. I can't speak for anyone else, but I enjoyed the process and have continued to think about the topics long after the meeting ended.
I'll be curious about the rest of the process and see how the city and the DDA will use this information moving forward.
- Read more in the Ann Arbor News: Residents share their visions for Chelsea future (9/13/07)