When you’re traveling down Washtenaw Avenue, heading toward Ypsilanti from Ann Arbor, at what point do you feel overwhelmed by the ugliness? At what point does it become clear to you that you’re no longer among the sophisticated intellectuals of Ann Arbor? Is there perhaps a particular house, storefront or other landmark that, every time you see it, makes you think, “There is no beauty from here on out”? Is there a point at which you just lock your doors and begin to weep like a baby?
These questions have been on my mind since earlier today, when I read the following comment on AnnArbor.com, in a thread about planned improvements along the Washtenaw Avenue corridor connecting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
I think it’s a great question, and I’m curious to know what people think… When do you feel as though you’ve crossed the dividing line between civilization and the hideous travesty that is Ypsilanti? Is it just as you pass Whole Foods? Is that when the helplessness sets in? I know that the accepted dividing line between our two communities is Carpenter Road, but where’s the real dividing line? At what point is beauty overtaken by the repulsive ugliness synonymous with Ypsilanti?