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Posted on Sun, May 6, 2012 : 12:06 p.m.

Learn about Saline's Main Street Community program at meeting Monday

By Lisa Allmendinger

By now, you’ve probably heard that Saline is a Main Street Community, but do you know what that means?


The Holiday Parade rolls down Michigan Avenue in downtown Saline in this file photo. Saline will get help preserving and revitalizing downtown through the Michigan Main Street program.

Melanie Maxwell |

Members of the Saline Main Street board are planning a meeting with state representative and residents on Monday at 7 p.m. to talk about the program, how it can help Saline and how anyone interested can get involved.

Board members and representatives from the Michigan Main Street Center will give a short presentation and answer questions at the Saline Middle School media center. Members of the Saline Main Street board also will be on hand to share the results of an assessment conducted by the Michigan Main Street Center and National Trust Main Street Center. The assessment included speaking to business owners and representatives from organizations, commissions, youth, and city staff to assess the state of Downtown Saline and help to determine projects for the future.

Residents will learn about some of the first projects that the new organization will undertake as part of the Main Street Four-Point Approach.

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Mon, May 7, 2012 : 1:07 a.m.

Saline's downtown is small, but the biggest issue is the large number of semi-tractor trailer trucks that roar through the middle of it on the Michigan Ave intersection, spewing diesel exhaust. You can put all the cute shops you want on that intersection in Saline, but as long as huge trucks roar through at all hours of the day and night, sitting outside at restaurants or parking in downtown Saline will be very unpleasant, to say the least.

Peter Baker

Mon, May 7, 2012 : 12:19 p.m.

Geez, relax. It's possible to both credit US12 with bringing business to Saline AND lament the fact that it also brings semi trucks to Saline's restaurant district. How does any of this make you "ashamed" to say you grew up there? And since you're so glad you don't live there anymore, you apparently didn't care for it much, so why shouldn't people that do still live there try to think of ways to make it even more attractive to businesses and visitors?


Mon, May 7, 2012 : 2:11 a.m.

Furthermore, I think just about every business owner in Saline would disagree with you considering just about every retail or service based business exists being located on Michigan Ave (along with all of those nasty trucks). I could probably count on one hand how many have been very successful not being located on US12.


Mon, May 7, 2012 : 2:03 a.m.

Funny how the one thing that has and always will bring the city any livelihood (having US12 run through it) is the one thing the elitist Saline snobs would want to do away with. You seem to think Saline is this Utopia that can only be made better by getting rid US12 and all of all those nasty trucks coming through the city. Would you really want to see Saline without US12? Lets say if had never been built on US12, would it even exist? Just like Ann Arbor with the of those nasty automobiles screwing everything up for bicyclers and pedestrians. Also, how funny that they want the world to revolve around them and reroute all the transport around the city and off of US12 (like the world should revolve around them). Its truly unbelievable. I'm almost ashamed to say I grew up there. I'm very glad my parents don't live there anymore, and I'm glad I don't live there anymore also.


Mon, May 7, 2012 : 1:30 a.m.

I agree, too bad Saline can't create another "Main Street" away from Michigan Ave. It's a truck route and that will never change. Even a bypass seems unlikely...

Angry Moderate

Sun, May 6, 2012 : 5:09 p.m.

"By now, you've probably heard that Saline is a Main Street Community, but do you know what that means?" No, but I assumed the article would teach me when I clicked on it...