What do people really think of Ypsilanti, how might those opinions be reinforced by Ann Arbor media, and what can we do about it?

A week or so ago, we had a post here in which I noted the differences between the Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti’s Totally Awesome Fest. In the comments that followed, as some of you might recall, things finally came around to AnnArbor.com and how they cover Ypsilanti. Along those lines, several people took the opportunity to point out that, while AnnArbor.com posted a lovely multi-media piece on the Ann Arbor festival, no mention at all was made of the one happening that very same weekend in Ypsilanti. I don’t want to put words in anyone’s mouth, but I think it’s fair to say that a number of readers share the opinion that Ypsilanti coverage, when there is any, is generally confined to the crime blotter. Well, I was just reminded of this last night, as I was reading an AnnArbor.com article on a recent prostitution sting in Ypsilanti. While I know it may not be representative of the opinions of all AnnArbor.com readers, I found the following comment left on the site to be particularly interesting. Which leads me to my question of the day… Given the realities of the situation, and the fact that AnnArbor.com doesn’t really have any economic motivation to cover what’s going well in our City, how should we respond?

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56 Comments

  1. Yahwe
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Crime is newsworthy, and we have our share of it here. The problem is that they don’t cover the good stuff here like they do the good stuff in Ann Arbor, so people get an warped view. If they wanted to be honest about it, they’d either hire as many writers in Ypsi as they do in Ann Arbor, or they’d change their format so that they only report crime.

  2. Kim
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    We need to start a website called something like The Washtenaw Patriot that only covers Ann Arbor crime, and all the good/cool stuff taking place outside of the city.

  3. Posted May 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I was just discussing this issue with the Ypsi Chief of Police at a recent community stakeholders meeting. She described how they do the best job they can to report out what crimes have been reported, and what one’s have been solved. The annarbor.com usually makes a headline of the report, but doesn’t follow up with the clearance nearly as often. So in the minds of the readers there are lots of unsolved crimes with the perpetrators running lose, even though Ypsilanti has on of the highest clearance rates in the state. http://www.annarbor.com/news/clearance-rates/

    I have friends that have worked at small newspapers and from their experiences I imagine that the staff at annarbor.com isn’t doing this with mal-intent. I think that the crime stories are easier and quicker to write than one’s about a music festival, and they probably get more hits on the site for the crime stories too. That being said, it is frustrating to see such a one sided portrayal.

    I’m not sure how often it’s updated, but I’ve also found this link helpful in demonstrating that there are not as many crimes in Ypsi as most people think. https://spotcrime.com/mi/ypsilanti

    What kept coming up at this stakeholders meeting was residents echoing each other in saying “Ypsilanti just isn’t scary.” But I guess that’s a pretty boring headline.

  4. Maria
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, you are just expecting way to much from A2.com, it’s kind o f lazy, first at 6, correct at 11 reporting…

  5. Posted May 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    That was my point, Joel. I think they publish crime stuff because it’s easy to repurpose the stuff put out by the police department. In Ann Arbor, though, they produce at least some positive non-crime articles. They pay Tom Perkins to do some of that in Ypsi, but it’s not equivalent to what they do in Ann Arbor. I think it’s understandable in a business sense, as the money, for the most part, isn’t in Ypsi, but I think the result is that a lot of people think that Ypsi is a vile cesspool of scum and villainy, where nothing good ever happens. From what I understand, the Ann Arbor Police Department may also not be as transparent with regard to how they discuss crime, making it look like it doesn’t happen as much there. I’m not sure about that, though.

  6. Posted May 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, I think the solution may be providing A2.com with material that they can rip off and put online, saving them the expense of paying a writer. Maybe we should have a local class on how to write press releases, and invite everyone with a non-profit, club, or other group that isn’t engaged directly in drug dealing, murder for hire, and prostitution.

  7. JSam
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I have been through this mutliple times with Tony D and company.

    They do the same crap with EMU vs UM. In a way that bugs me even more because one of their EDITORIAL board member is the Univ of Michigan PR PERSON!!!!!! WTF??? Then the other is the Ann Arbor Visitors and Convention Bureau person. So you think either of those two will let anything bad be said?? It is their paid full time job to make UM and AA look perfect. In order to do so, it helps if they can kick dirt on someone else.
    Thus the dirt is kicked to the east.

    I must say I am so glad I found you all. Because psoting there gives me a rash.

  8. Posted May 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I know this might further complicate things, but I thought that I should add that by posting this I was in no way suggesting that Totally Awesome Fest should be covered by AnnArbor.com. I like it as an intimate little backyard thing, and I wouldn’t want to see that change. I don’t think that invalidates my point, though. There are plenty of other cool things that happen in Ypsi each and every week that totally would benefit from increased exposure.

  9. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    The hits just keep on coming.

    http://www.annarbor.com/news/drunken-assault-victim-wouldnt-tell-ypsilanti-police-what-happened-to-him/

    Leave it to Paula to take a blotter item, write a sensational headline, and slap it on the front page. She may be the worst hack of all of them. What garbage. This is exactly why there is a problem. “Well, Tom hasn’t turned in anything, so lets see what we can do with the blotter” How many times do you think A2 police get this sort of call?

  10. Jacques
    Posted May 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    For one thing, Ann Arbor.com is based in Ann Arbor and has more of an interest in Ann Arbor as most people in Washtenaw County do. Sure Ypsi has some cool aspects that should be covered as well and the Awesome Fest deserves it. But do you really expect a recently scaled back staff at a b-quality online publication to cater to everything it should? Remember, this is the area where the Ann Arbor snooze couldn’t improve in order to stick around. Do you really think a little dot com will be able to cover all the bases?

  11. Knox
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    What if we just wait for them to go out of business?

  12. sesomai
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    @Jacques: In my mind it’s not so much a matter of annarbor.com needing to cover *more* positive stories about Ypsilanti, as it’s a matter of wishing they would stop posting quite so many sensationalized crime stories about Ypsi. Whether it is their intent or not, it’s harmful to Ypsilanti and her citizens.

  13. whatsupwithMI
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    If I recall the news about their layoffs last quarter(not mentioned on their site f course)…that little dot com had over 70 employees until just recently. It is down to 30-odd? now. Thats not small.

    Just as in life, in business, if you try to make it by putting down someone else rather than donig a good job all around, you’ll end up with a failed business.

    I guess it will take a failed print paper AND a failed blog in their life experience course.

  14. missypsi
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Dear Jacques, I don’t think that the issue Mark is raising is that AA.com is IGNORING Ypsi, but rather that its coverage of Ypsilanti focuses disproportionately and hence misleadingly, on crime, which feeds into racist and classist assumptions about Ypsilanti that have a very long history in Ann Arbor. Which is to say that instead of providing solid journalism, which would, one might hope, work to demystify the EAST/WEST divide that structures social and economic relations across the state (ie. West=good/safe/middle class/white; EAST=bad/dangerous/poor/black), AA.com reinforces these divides and even generates real fear about our fair city.
    The fourth estate has an obligation, I believe, to disrupt such simple readings of our social world, and one might expect that even a “boutique” journalism outfit like AA.com would place that value at the center of its mission, especially given its closeness to the University of Michigan and its location in a so-called “liberal” enclave. Or perhaps Ann Arbor’s vaunted “liberalism” doesn’t run all that deep? I can say one thing for sure, when we first moved here, our realtor was resistant to showing us places in Ypsilanti, even when we had specifically indicated that we wanted to live here. She used all kinds of coded fear-mongering language around “quality of schools” and “public safety” to dissuade us from looking at houses in Ypsi. She had a very deep-seeded antipathy toward Ypsilanti, even in the face of its awesome downtown housing stock and nice large lots. I found it ironic given that her own home was located in a hellish subdivision that boasted an Ann Arbor zipcode while being mercilessly far from all the things (downtown, kerrytown, the Arb, etc) that supposedly made Ann Arbor so awesome. We have never regretted our decision to move here, and Ann Arbor still gives me the willies….

  15. josh
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    More reports of prostitution stings please! It’s one of those crimes that affect me in no way whatsoever, but keep the yuppies and cocktail party liberals of Ann Arbor scared of Ypsi.

  16. ypsi1313
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Not to mention that much of what exists as “Ypsilanti” crime is really Ypsilanti Township crime. Not that the city doesn’t have its share, but that they get lumped together by AA.com.

  17. JSam
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t be so fast to label Ann Arbor as liberal. I know someone who was very involved in the city govt and he always says that Ann Arbor power is VERY conservative and strongly Republican. The UM folks add a liberal shade to it but the real power in AA is very right wing anti union, from city adminstrator on down. Although the elections go Dem, the money and power is all Republican….starting with the AA Foundation.

  18. gary
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I don’t appreciate the way annarbor.com covers Ypsilanti, but the only places I really go here are more Ann Arbor-like than they are are Ypsilanti — Corner Brewery, Beezy’s, Woodruff’s. I’d be a lot happier if Ypsilanti had more gentrification.

  19. wobblie
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    gary, you need to get around more. Try the Sidetrack or Tower Inn, good food and drink at both or stop at the Roundtree (ok its in the Township) food’s not great, but you can drink and you can gamble, and of course Haabs (an Ypsilanti tradition) happy hour is fine too. What do you do for breakfast? The Wolverine, and Coney Island as well as the Bomber are on Michigan. As near as I can tell, Ann Arbor has no good place for breakfast. (though I haven’t been there in years- so what do I know). Pita Pita will deliver and is easily my favorite middle eastern restaurant. With Temptations just down the street-you can’t do better in a three mile area (if we could only get them to deliver I would hardly need my car.)

    One of Ypsilanti’s greatest virtues have been its good eating. You have to go to Chicago to get as many fine and diverse eating establishments within a small geography. We have lost a number of unique eateries during this depression, and I miss the Red Sea, Martinis and Cottage Inn to name a few.

    Want to check out Roy’s has anyone been there?

  20. Suzie
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    > more Ann Arbor-like than they are are Ypsilanti — Corner Brewery, Beezy’s, Woodruff’s

    I… What… *brain melts*. They’re in Ypsilanti. They’re the very definition of Ypsilanti-like because THEY ARE IN YPSILANTI.

  21. Gentleman G. Allin
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Gary is right. We need to get rid of all those “ethnic” hair salons and ugly WT remnants of Ypsitucky. We need a Starbucks, Chemgreen lawns, a Subaru dealer and, with any luck, a Keen shoe outlet.

    We need to exploit our niche. We need to embrace a more carefully constructed diversity. We need to be A2 East.

    Above all, we need to gently but decisively sweep the un-gentry to other places, new habitats. Gentrification, of course, is fundamentally about displacement. And happiness.

  22. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Roys is a lot like Blimpy, except their burgers are larger and taste better, they aren’t assholes about how you place an order, are cheaper, and you get can get curb service. They exist in my favorite food triangle, Hana-Roys-Bills. One day I will get take out from all three at once.

    I’ve never been to any bars like Woodruff’s or the Corner in Ann Arbor, or restaurants like Beezy’s. I can’t think of anywhere in A2 where you can find that particular blend of reasonable price, good service, nice people, food/drink choices, and fun atmosphere. I’ve only found places with one or two of those attributes together. Haven’t found reasonable price too often, though.

  23. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Leopold’s was a lot like Corner, but they left and moved to Colorado. I heard it was because its hard to be a brewer/distillery in Michigan, especially one that wants to use its waste water to grow its ingredients in the same room. Part of me thinks they just couldn’t stand it in A2 anymore.

  24. b
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    start a online paper (ypsi.com) then…

  25. badmath
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    the only place the number for ypsi crime stats look very different from Ann Arbor has, as far as I can see, been… as reported by the Ann Arbor paper.

    For example, by zip code:

    Crime Details
    48105 Ann Arbor Michigan National
    Total Crime Risk 92 95 100
    Personal Crime Risk 107 112 100
    Property Crime Risk 91 93 100

    Crime Details
    48104 Ann Arbor Michigan National
    Total Crime Risk 111 95 100
    Personal Crime Risk 103 112 100
    Property Crime Risk 133 93 100

    Crime Details
    48198 Ypsilanti Michigan National
    Total Crime Risk 75 95 100
    Personal Crime Risk 90 112 100
    Property Crime Risk 71 93 100

    Crime Details
    48197 Ypsilanti Michigan National
    Total Crime Risk 117 95 100
    Personal Crime Risk View 155 112 100
    Property Crime Risk View 99 93 100

  26. badmath
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Summaries were posted on the ann arbor blog site:
    http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti-tops-washtenaw-county-crime-rate-list/

    http://www.homefair.com was the source.

    Its worth noting that even the reporter here, who is usually pretty accurate, made multiple math errors and had to revise the story several times as his initial math made things look.. worse than they are.

  27. missypsi
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Roy’s hand made sliders with grilled lightly salted buns, five for five dollars. YUMMMMM! Thai Thai, best Thai food in Washtenaw County. La Fiesta Mexicana, best bean and cheese tamales I have EVER had, and my grandmother used to make tamales all the time. The Ypsi food Co-op has the best baguette/bread anywhere, far superior to Zingerman’s. Ugly mug coffee-YES. And Dos Hermanos has excellent pork tamales, again, as good as grandma’s, and the best hot sauce available (I’ve stopped making it), AND they butcher their own meat, so if you eat ground beef, buy it there because they make it themselves.
    So what’s NOT to like. Well….the schools are in free fall, and seemingly no-one cares. Big problem: http://www.annarbor.com/news/rep-rutledge-to-ypsilanti-school-board-improve-finances-soon-or-face-an-emergency-manager-takeover/
    If we care about Ypsi, we HAVE to care about the health of its schools, and we can’t just rely on people who have kids in the system, we ALL need to step up to the plate and help address the problem. Failing Schools = failing community.

  28. Kristin
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    As a PR person for a non-profit I don’t wait for people to find out about how great my organization is, nor do I fault them when they don’t ferret us out. I write releases, maintain relationships with reporters, and empower others to do the same. When you are a nearby community it just makes sense that you have to try a little harder to get your storiues placed. the University has communications staff that could be doing that, but they don’t, and the DDA could be doing it on behalf of membership, but they don’t. Everything I write is designed to be cut and pasted. Maybe there needs to be a volunteer PR posse.

  29. Andy C
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I think what gary means by “more Ann Arbor-like” is white. All the comments here are about how great white Ypsi is. Most, not all, of the residents of black Ypsi don’t hang out at the Corner Brewery, Beezy’s, & Woodruff’s. The main place I usually see more of a mix is at the Tap Room. Most, not all, of the crime reports on Ann Arbor.com are about black Ypsi. Most of Ann Arbor only sees black Ypsi, you all only see white Ypsi as you read a blog about white Ypsi.

  30. wetdolphinmissile
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Missypsi, there are MANY of us that care about Ypsi schools, have been involved for many years. We have attended PTO meetings, Board of Ed. meetings, elections, debates before elections, musicals, soccer, baseball, football games, track, cross country and swim meets, winter guard events…the list goes on and on…the state has culpability here for this mess. Parents, teachers, and community members have all poured their hearts into YPS over the years.

  31. Peter Larson
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    I cany like Andy’s comment because this isn’t Facebook.

    If you don’t like the way Ann Arbor covers Ypsi in it’s Ann Arbor paper, start your own newspaper.

  32. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    28 comments before crime became equated to race. Great.

    I think that, if aa.com is going to claim to cover our city, then we have every right to complain when the coverage is deficient. Either cover us or don’t, but what’s being done now, to just toss in the titillating bits, is absolutely absurd. Its a tabloid version of the news. I’m pretty sure “hold the 4th estate accountable” is a step you take before “form your own paper”.

    Andy C, crime and controversy is about all aa.com covers. You might want to put some thought into calling that “black ypsi”. We are being represented poorly, black or white.

    And damn right someone should be doing PR. The Ypsi CVB has been upping its game. The DDA is talking about it, but it hasn’t gotten very far. There’s like, 10 people left working at city hall, so I’m pretty sure they can’t do it.

    I’d like to recommended we start by refraining from welcoming new businesses with “good luck with that, I give you 6 months.”

  33. Posted May 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I love you, Andy C, but you can be kind of a prick. Yeah, I write about stuff that I like that takes place around the neighborhood that I live in, but I wouldn’t say that I write exclusively about “white Ypsi.” It’s not like I go out of my way to not cover stories that feature hispanics, blacks and asians. I’d like to think that I’ve done a pretty good job over the years talking abut shit that matters, from promoting the opening of Dos Hermanos, to hosting community forums built around entrepreneurs like Eric Williams (Puffer Reds). And let’s not forget that my site was the only one that challenged the police when it was discovered that a young, unarmed black man was shot three times in the back while fleeing undercover cops. I could go on, but I suspect I’d start to sound pathetic, like someone who trots out all of his gay gay friends to prove that he isn’t homophobic. But, no, I don’t write about “white Ypsi.” I don’t even have a “white” family, for fucks’ sake.

  34. Mark H.
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Mark M. — you are totally right in defending this blog from the absurd charge that it ignores the reality of Ypsilanti being more than just white. An absurd charge.

  35. Andy C
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    The main point here is Ann Arbor.com focuses on the crime and poor of Ypsi and the folks posting comments here are focus on the more gentrified culture. Mark M, It’s not an attack on you or what you cover it’s just a fact. Let me use Bike Ypsi as an example. at least 50% of cyclist in Ypsi are poor, necessity riders. Large (not all) are of “urban culture” (is that a safer term?). We tried very hard to reach these riders. Fliers churches, tried talks at the Library, etc, but in the end we just have no in. We don’t just shut down we just except the fact that our audience is people of “gentrified culture”. We’re not races, we really tried, but that’s life.

    I work closely with three people of “urban culture” who live in the City of Ypsilanti. Two out of three of them have never heard of Woodruffs, Beezys, and the Corner Brewery. Just the fact that we coexist together in one small city is a good thing. I think it also confuses many people in Ann Arbor.

  36. Gentleman G. Allin
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    If you were to ask me what a book I read recently was about, I might say “Vampires.” Of course, it also included stock brokers, romantic relationships, taxi cabs and werewolves. But it was really about vampires.

    I don’t think it’s a prickish attack on this blog to say it’s about white Ypsi. I think it’s about even less than that (which is good and right). This blog is about people who go to puppet shows, Woodruffs, buy local, are concerned about climate change, local politics and any number of Mark’s interests. (If you haven’t noticed, this is markmaynard.com.) And we, including Andy C, read because we share some/many of these interests. We are one little part of Ypsi.

    I think Andy C’s comment was pretty well measured and the “most of” statements ring true. If I can posit one edit, I think what Andy C was getting at is: “Most of Ann Arbor only sees black Ypsi, you all only see Mark Ypsi as you read a blog about Mark Ypsi.”

    (I’m tempted to attack Andy C for seemingly equating “black Ypsi” with the A2 News crime blotter but that would be too easy?)

    When you get down to it this blog is about Mark. Intelligent, funny, tireless, articulate Mark. I’m sorry, I have to side with Andy C on this but I don’t think Mark is primarily about black Ypsi. I don’t see that as a problem and I don’t think Andy C suggested it was.

  37. Andy C
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    One more thing Mark M. I wasn’t implying you only write about white Ypsi. I was trying to say that is most of your readership. I’m saying it based on the comments left here.

    “You might want to put some thought into calling that “black ypsi”. We are being represented poorly, black or white.”
    “Black ypsi” was an easy way to show the cultural divide. We are being represented poorly but I feel the comment left here are saying “look at all the great stuff the gentrified culture” is doing in Ypsi!”. The “Urban Culture” is doing some great stuff too it just no one here has a clue what because we’re out of the loop.

    I think free dogs and MM.com bumper sticker might bring in a new audience.

  38. Edward
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    I think it was just the term “white Ypsi” that some of us bristled at, as though we don’t give a shit about what happens on the other side of Michigan Avenue. I don’t think that anyone, Mark included, would have cared if Andy said “mostly white”.

  39. JSam
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    If we back up a bit, I think we can accept that there IS a cultural/color divide. Is that fair?
    I have been in Ypsi area for 66 years. That has always been true, and seems more true now than ever. And it’s true nationwide.
    We all speak to our own cultural interests, our own experiences. I don’t think that’s wrong; it’s real.
    The single best thing about stuff like out 4th parade, Heritage Fest etc is the gathering of ALL of Ypsi….regardless of cultural differences. And to our credit we do have events that are all inclusive.
    Just me, I think it’s silly to deny the Great Divide. It’s reality.

    Now…while I think what happens with A2.com articles is purely attention grabbing headline stuff, I do think we see the great racial divide happen in the poster section. Although it cannot be directly posted without being removed, the inference is there.
    As for what is posted here, wouldn’t it be insulting to blog about the black experience, pretending to be inside black skin when you aren’t? That’s beyond insulting.

    The future? Four of the neighborhood homes near me are mixed race families. Perhaps the day will come when this is no longer an issue.
    Dare we hope?
    All just my opinion.

  40. Kristin
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Out of curiosity, have we decided annarbor.com doesn’t report Ann Arbor crimes?

  41. maria c.
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I think this touches on a question Missypsi raised. In fact there is a place where “Black” and “White” and “Brown” Ypsi DO come together, on a daily basis (as opposed to yearly festivals) and that is in our schools. My child, as some of you may know, attends Ypsi schools, where the city’s racial demographics are literally reversed (city: %40-nonwhite, %60-white VS schools %60-non-white, %40-white). This says something about our community and the limits of our “diversity,” I think, but that is a conversation for another time. What I want to point out in the context of this conversation, is that our schools are wonderful places of mixture, and that we ALL need to get engaged with them if we want to truly understand the VALUE of Ypsi’s “diversity” as opposed to seeing it as a necessary evil, or something that will fade away in the face of inevitable gentrification. And speaking of gentrification, poor people (black or white) resist it because it brings very little discernible benefit to them (higher property values, more expensive food & entertainment, higher taxes). But if gentrification actually improved the schools, then I think there might be some bridging between “old” working class Ypsi and “new” art/hipster Ypsi. At the very least, folks with kids in the school system would have an opportunity to interact with the folks who are doing interesting things in Ypsi (Bike Ypsi, etc) and thereby see the value of those things. So I encourage EVERYONE, even those who do not have children, yes, even those who HATE children (just kidding) to get involved in our schools. You can do this through existing programs like FLY, Growing Hope, 826 Michigan, or create new programs (Mark, how about a community blog workshop in the re-structured high school or perhaps the Middle School, you could partner with 826, fun!). There are so many good ideas–chicken coops and gardens in each of the schools, mural projects, a district wide step dancing mentoring program, music festivals—and so many ideas that haven’t even been thought of, ideas that EACH one of you could make happen. So bring your awesome ideas to the table, share them with me and I will try to bring folks together who share your enthusiasm. As I’ve said many times before, we have the human resources to make a difference in public education in Ypsi, but they are largely unrealized…
    And sorry for the annoying CAPS, I just couldn’t help myself….

  42. Aaron
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Sorry for joining this conversation a bit late…

    As for a reply to Shepard145 on the aa.com site:

    Ypsilanti Crime: Imported from Detroit.

  43. Robert
    Posted May 14, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Black people avoid Mark like the plague, so it’s not his fault that his blog seems to exclude them.

  44. Posted May 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really think you’re a prick Andy, at least compared to Robert.

    And, yes, Maria, I’d love to help out with a high school blog workshop. Just let me know when you have time to talk about it.

  45. Posted May 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Kristin, I think they do cover Ann Arbor crime. I just think that it gets buried in all the articles about community theater productions and pictures of people and their pets. If you see “Ypsi” in a headline, though, it’s almost always crime related.

  46. Posted May 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I thought this article neatly linked together several MarkMaynard.com threads. (Summary: EMU student dies in Ann Arbor house fire due to Ann Arbor fire department cuts.)

  47. Posted May 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Link didn’t post, so here it is: http://www.annarbor.com/news/playing-with-fire-on-the-eve-of-major-budget-cuts-ann-arbor-firefighters-say-city-is-play-russian-ro/

  48. Bee
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    People are people.
    I guess all the barber shop/salon folks that come into my place daily don’t count as real “urban” types, since they have jobs, right? I guess Beezy’s is gentrified because it’s owned by a youngish white chick w/tattoos. And because I believe in treating every person respectfully as long as they aren’t disruptive to the operation. Then I get real fuckin’ sassy.

    I saw that comment on a2.com and it pissed me off- we’re not a breeding ground for any damn thing but being human.

    And I think back to posting here years ago now- what would New York be, Chicago, Miami?? All glorified cities, correct? Aren’t they cesspools of crime? What good comes out of those cities?? Oh, right LOTS of contributions to culture at large.

    Sometimes the Midwest really gives me a fucking rash.

  49. Foz B
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I love that Bee is articulating that most fundamental, beautiful ideology of local restaurateurs .

    Peoples is peoples.

    And we the peoples love your soup.

  50. Knox
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    “Thanks, that helped a lot.”

    (I’m not sure how to interpret Kermit’s response.)

  51. Bee
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Kermit the clueless, le sigh.

  52. Jiggs
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Now they’ve posted the same crime story twice…

    http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti-police-arrest-2-men-as-they-drive-away-from-home-with-stolen-goods/

    http://www.annarbor.com/news/crime/two-men-arrested-after-burglary-this-morning-in-ypsilanti/

  53. Mr. X
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I find it interesting that today they’re writing about the 35 dead fish in our park, and not the thousands of live ones in our river. Clearly there’s an agenda.

    http://annarbor.com/news/carp-left-in-riverside-park-after-heavy-rains-die-off-1/?cmpid=NL_DH_topheadlines

  54. SJH
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I’d be terrified to have a child in Ypsilanti. I just moved here and my first day I went to prospect park to shoot hoops. PP is right across the street from an elementary school. Long story short, gangs hangout there, someone tried to rob me within ten minutes of being there, and then proceeded to shout the most racist things I’ve ever heard at me; No way I will let my family walk around on the streets of this city unfortunately. Looks like I’ll have to drive far out of town to just shoot around and mind my own business….

  55. Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    SJH, I just wanted to let you know that I moved your comment to the front page. If you check back later, there should be comments… some of which may be informative.

  56. Eel
    Posted July 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    There’s a story in today’s ‘paper’ about the 10 kilos of cocaine confiscated in Ann Arbor. If I were you, I’d be scared to go there. Here in Ypsi, there’s nothing like that. And the bullets go so slow, you can stop them with your tongue.

    http://annarbor.com/news/crime/man-busted-with-10-kilos-of-cocaine-in-ann-arbor-had-four-children-with-him/

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