Category Archives: Ypsilanti

John Doe: On the origins of X, what the history books get wrong about the LA punk scene, and the fucked up state of our world

I had the opportunity a few days ago to speak briefly with John Doe of the legendary Los Angeles punk band X. Doe, along with his bandmates Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebrake, after making their way thorugh Chicago in early September, will be playing two dates in Michingan… September 6 at The Magic Bag […]

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Ypsi 2014 mayoral debate

I couldn’t attend, as I had something else I had to attend to, but my friends Ben and Lindsay hosted a mayoral debate on Monday night at the downtown Ypsilanti library. Here’s the video. If you hit “play” right now, we can watch it together…. Actually, just give me a couple of minutes. I want […]

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Checking in with Ypsi’s least favorite son, Tom Monaghan

The new issue of Businessweek has an interesting piece comparing and contrasting Michigan’s aging pizza barons, Tom Monaghan and Mike Ilitch. And, as it’s been a while since we’ve discussed Monaghan, who started Domino’s here in Ypsilanti in 1960, I thought that I’d share a bit. Tom Monaghan was once a billionaire. He owned 244 […]

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Ypsilanti’s Washtenaw International High School ranks 2nd in statewide ACT rankings

While I don’t think that you can necessarily judge the quality of a school based on test scores alone, it’s incredibly cool to know that, after just three years in operation, Ypsilanti’s Washtenaw International High School is already the highest performing school in Washtenaw County (relative to ACT scores), and the second highest ranking high […]

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Ypsi doesn’t look nearly as terrifying from a few hundred feet up

I know I should be looking for my house and other landmarks of personal importance, but all I can think when watching this arial footage of Ypsilanti is how laughably ridiculous people are who leave comments on the website of the Ann Arbor News about how terrifying this city of ours is. I know this […]

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