Sorry for the late notice. Several of the people on what we are loosely calling the Transition Ferndale steering committee were very involved with the recent elections. It has taken us a while to figure out what to do for the Wednesday, November 20 meeting.

That’s Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm at
the Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI

The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. You need not be a resident of Ferndale to attrend.

We’re holding a brainstorming session to see what projects we might work on locally, with our own resources. We do not want to set up committees to study future projects. We want to actually start them – or work on strengthening existing projects if those fit well with the goal of building a resilient local community. We’ll hold a follow-up meeting in December, on Wednesday the 18th.

Of course, the local community in which we are meeting is Ferndale, so we assume a lot of what we’ll consider will be Ferndale projects. However, we don’t intend to be limited to the borders of Ferndale. If you’re from Oak Park or Detroit or Royal Oak or anywhere reasonably close, you’re welcome to attend, to bring your ideas, and so on.

In Transition Town terms, Transition Ferndale intends to be both a local community group and a regional hub. Ferndale is not a market town isolated by farms for thirty miles in every direction. It’s one in a matrix of many cities, and will stand or fall with the entire region. Projects that work in Ferndale will work elsewhere. Projects that work elsewhere will work here. We’re happy to share information in both directions.

What sort of projects? Here’s a list from Sherry Wells’ recent campaign for Mayor:

“Greatly expand resident and business curbside recycling through education and praise. Require public events to follow DIY’s recycling and low-trash. Establish twice-yearly leftover home improvement materials exchange. Promote free bicycle parking; set up free parking areas for scooters and motorcycles. Noise pollution: enforce the ordinance against boom-cars, etc.; study train whistles to determine whether and when they exceed standards. Encourage community and front/back yard gardens plus neighbors planting different items to share–ex: reduce excess tomatoes, increase zucchinis–better food cheaper. Seek businesses which use local resources to provide locally desired products, thus reducing transportation fuel use and costs. Low ground cover not grass on public medians, etc. so no mowing.”

Now, some of the above involves policies that the city government might decide. We can discuss them, now that the election is over, without at the same time discussing who should be elected to what positions. Maybe we can influence the city government to implement them. Others, we can work on with out own resources, if we want.

This is not anything like an exhaustive list. You have your own ideas. As a minimum result of this meeting, we’ll publish a list of everybody’s ideas on the Transition Ferndale website, and invite comments. As we get working projects off the ground, in Ferndale or in the vicinity, we can also publish progress reports.

We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, but have a project for us to consider, send an email or leave a comment at

Art Myatt