Category Archives: Ypsilanti

Futel’s campaign to bring back the public telephone, and the possibility that an Ypsilanti phone may be coming soon

Not too long ago, my friend Dug, knowing that I’d just purchased a former Michigan Bell Telephone building in Ypsilanti, put me in touch with a friend of his in Portland by the name of Karl Anderson. Karl, he told me, was looking for places to install “free payphones.” Well, late this last winter, Karl […]

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Exploiting a loophole, Ypsilanti’s Cross Street Village transitions away from affordable senior housing just 15 years after receiving Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

As I understand it, tomorrow (Friday) at 9:30 AM, there’s going to be an open meeting at the Presbyterian church on North Washington Street, south of Cross, to discuss changes afoot at Cross Street Village, the senior housing development located in Ypsilanti’s old high school building at the intersection of Cross and North Washington. It […]

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Remembering Kim Demick

Last weekend, shortly after having returned home to Michigan from New Mexico, where she’d moved some six months earlier, Ypsilanti artist Kim Demick passed away. While I considered Kim a friend, the truth is I didn’t know her terribly well. I think we first met at the Shadow Art Fair about 10 years ago now, […]

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What to do about the hole of death in our yard

Ok, I need your help with something… As I was out digging in the yard yesterday, leveling off a small patch of ground next to the house for a raised herb garden, my shovel hit what I at first thought was a very large rock. When I cleared away the topsoil to investigate, though, I […]

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Where do we as a society expect ex felons to live?

As I know very little about this, I’m hoping that one of you might educate me on housing discrimination laws. My friend Paul Hickman, the founder of Urban Ashes, has an employee that has been looking for housing in Ypsilanti without much luck, and he seems to think that it might have something to do […]

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