Category Archives: Ann Arbor

How do we deal with the homeless in Ann Arbor? Easy, hire greeters on Segways to shoo them away… Introducing Ann Arbor’s new “Ambassador” program

A few days ago, in a post about the increasing number of economic refugees making their way from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, I noted a new program being considered by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) that would put a small army of paid “ambassadors” on the streets of tree town, opening doors for […]

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Annarbourites ask, “Why can’t Ypsi just take all of our poor?” Consultant explains.

“So, why isn’t Ypsilanti a good long-term solution for Ann Arbor’s affordable housing issues?” That’s how the story in today’s Ann Arbor News about the work of a consulting firm brought in by the County to assess where we stand relative to affordable housing begins. The onus, it would seem, is on Ypsi. The question […]

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Exploring Ypsilanti’s place on the Underground Railroad: part two

This past November, I posted a lengthy interview with local historian Matt Siegfried about slavery, the fight for emancipation, and the role played by Ypsilantians in that struggle. We covered an incredible amount of ground, but, as I still had a lot of unanswered questions, I asked him back. Following, as Paul Harvey would say, […]

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Yes, it looks kind of like me, but I did not rob a bank today

At 4:00 today, a man apparently robbed the Ann Arbor TCF bank branch at 1900 Pauline. As these kinds of things seem to happen all the time these days, I probably wouldn’t have even taken notice under normal circumstances. In this case, though, I received an email from a reader warning me that I might […]

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In spite of it all, there really is a lot to be thankful for

The world we live in is harsh and ugly at times. And it’s easy to give in to despair. This, sadly, is doubly true for those of us, like me, who expend a good deal of their time and energy trying to avoid the grasp of depression, even in the best of times. It’s hard […]

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