Category Archives: Ann Arbor

Richard Florida visits Ann Arbor, advocates for affordable housing, warns “When places get boring, even the rich leave”

Richard Florida, the man credited with popularizing the belief that the so-called “creative class” is the primary driver of urban redevelopment, was in Ann Arbor yesterday to address a regional economic forum hosted by Ann Arbor Spark. As I didn’t take very good notes, and don’t have the time this evening to provide anything even […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Jeff Meyers

What follows is our official exit interview with writer, filmmaker, and professional critic Jeff Meyers, who, earlier this winter, escaped Ann Arbor for Palo Alto, California. While in Michigan, Jeff, among other things, was the managing editor of Concentrate Media, and a film critic for the Detroit Metro Times. He also served as the president […]

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Former Ypsi CIty Planner Richard Murphy weighs in with data on gentrification

Last night, prompted by the social media dustup over news that Ann Arbor’s Babo would be opening a location in Depot Town, I posted something here about the looming threat of gentrification in Ypsilanti. I’d encourage you, if you haven’t already, to read through the comments, as, for the most part, they’re pretty thoughtful. Here, […]

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OK, Ypsilanti, let’s talk about gentrification

In a text I received today, someone I know referred to Depot Town as “little Ann Arbor.” My sense, given the ensuing exchange, is that he didn’t intend it to be a compliment. He asked me if, since I took a stand way back when about the Quizno’s that had opened in Depot Town, I’d […]

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The trickle down anti-Semitism of the Bannon, Gorka White House

For some reason, in spite of the fact that we have Donald “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life” Trump as our President, we seem to be experiencing a wave of anti-Semitic acts across the country. Last week, over 170 gravestones were toppled at an historic Jewish cemetery […]

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