For his years of loyal service to this great City of ours, I’d like to thank city planner Richard Murphy for a job well done. For those of you that might not have heard the news, Murph yesterday accepted a position working for Conan Smith, doing transportation/transit and transit-oriented development policy research and regional advocacy at the Michigan Suburbs Alliance. Having known Murph since he was a grad student at the University of Michigan, I know that this is the kind of thing that he’s always wanted to do, and I’m very happy for him. Although it’s with some regret that I make this announcement, I’m happy that our community will have him at the Suburbs Alliance, pushing for things like regional train service.
And before any of you assholes out there start criticizing his performance here, as you invariably do when anyone leaves City government, and making with your “rats off a sinking ship” quips, I’d ask you to remember that Murph is planning to continue living here in Ypsi, and that, if we’re lucky, we might be able, once he’s established in his new position, to convince him to volunteer in some capacity. Regardless of whether the City has the money to bring in a new full-time City Planner, I think that we’re going to need Murph and his experience going forward. So, before you go shooting your mouth off about Water Street, which was fucked long before he joined the administration, I’d ask you to keep that in mind.
He hasn’t responded yet, but I’ve asked Murph to submit to a public exit interview here on the site. In hopes that he agrees, please feel free to leave your questions here.