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People don't know what's out there. People also don't know what people need. Are we talking about those working at the new facilities those hanging out in Corktown or residents, students, employees of the entire area etc? If we're talking about all groups, we need to really find out what the actual issues are. It's not enough to say "mobility is an issue". I'd say step one is finding out and making sure people involved "both community, residents workers, commuters & decision makers etc" know what's ALREADY out there. The barrier to existing transit (mogo, bus etc) is knowledge people are still very unfamiliar with even the DDOT transit in the area and assume it's not good or doesn't work as a result. 


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Hey Mikki, thank you for your input. I'm Chris, part of the City:One facilitation team for the Michigan Central Station Challenge.

I absolutely agree with you - it is imperative that solutions to mobility need to understand the causes! I can certainly see unfamiliarity towards the existing transit system to be one of these causes. Do you have any thoughts on how we could educate those in the local community about transit options?

Do you believe something like Wilber Hernández  's "guru" solution at MCS would help (see here: )? Perhaps Maurice Tedder 's idea of creating a centralized hub at MCS could help to make learning about options less of a hassle (see here: )?

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Are the people in focus employees of MCS? I think that really matters. Holding a guru or hub that's only accessible for Ford employees and even only at MCS site, still provides limitations for those around the area and engaging with Corktown. My inspiration, is way-finding. (I want to save the details for the idea phase). But I will say this,
In order to get mobility on people's radars , it has to start from the top. employers, businesses, etc need to know and acknowledge mobility as an option to get to work to patron their locations, and move around the neighborhoods they are in. From there, we can expect mobility to be better utilized simply because people are talking about it and know about it. Absolutely, there should be a guru in the sense of an ambassador (probably more than one or two) but we ALL should be guru's if we think mobility is an issue.