Category Archives: History

What single thing has had the biggest positive impact on Ypsilanti since 2000

I know it’s a difficult thing to quantify, but, this afternoon, while cleaning house, I started thinking about all of the positive things to have happened in Ypsi since I moved back in 2000, and whether or not I could make the case that one of them was more impactful than the rest. “When you […]

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Collapse within Ypsilanti’s Thompson Block leaves one worker dead

Just a little more than an hour after Ypsilanti landlord turned real estate developer Stewart Beal took to Facebook to announce that demolition on the Thompson Block’s first floor had begun, word spread by way of social media that one of Beal’s workers had lost his life as the result of a floor collapse. While […]

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Archival footage from 1970 suggests that Ann Arbor was once interesting

As we discussed not too long ago in a thread about Ann Arbor’s proposed “Ambassador” program, there was a time in Ann Arbor’s past when it wasn’t wealthy business owners pushing for their own private security force, but the young people of Ann Arbor, who wanted to replace the cops with their own “people’s peace […]

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“Be very skeptical”… A warning from 1992 concerning the merger of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

In the wake of last week’s post about County plans to shift funds away from the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and into the coffers of its counterpart in Ann Arbor, a lot of interesting things have been showing up in my in-box. While I can’t share most of it, I thought that some […]

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State Rep Jeff Irwin, talking trees with Ben Connor Barrie, and the Ypsilanti History Minute with Matt Siegfried… on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack

This coming Saturday’s show, as always, will be awesome. We’ll start out by talking with Michigan State Rep Jeff Irwin about raising the sales tax to fix our roads, his apparent disdain for daylight saving time, and anything else you might want to call in about. And then we’ll chat with the likes of Matt […]

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