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“He hath risen” …The Miracle on Water Street

Last night I posted a letter on the site written by my friend Jeff. In it Jeff explained how, the previous night, a person, or persons, unknown had vandalized what we’ve come to call the Water Street Commons, tearing apart a large sculpture, defacing books in the outdoor lending library, and upending a bench that […]

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Water Street Commons trail building next Saturday afternoon

Now that the seeds we planted on May Day are beginning to sprout, it’s time for us to move onto the next phase of the Water Street Commons buildout – the construction of trails. Thanks to the efforts of Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti, and the DTE road crews that spend their days trimming and […]

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Ypsi’s founding fathers envisioned a “public square” on Water Street

I received an interesting email today from a reader concerning the acre of Water Street that we’ve been working on these past few months. Attached to the email were three images… two of which were taken from “Washtenaw County: An Illustrated History“. The person who sent the email wanted me to know that the original […]

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Playing chess on Water Street… Ypsi Food Co-op takes Family Dollar in three moves

So, yesterday, as Arlo and I were chasing “Sammy the Turkey” around Feral Farm, it kind of came to me in a flash what we should be working toward on Water Street. It would take some strategizing on our part to make it work, but I think there’s a chance that, if we play all […]

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Who speaks for the wolves of Michigan? We do.

Last year, as you may recall, our friend Jeff Clark worked with noted labor historian Peter Linebaugh to produce an ambitious little book which touched on everything from the history of May Day, and the inherent vampirism of capitalism, to the life of Demetrius Ypsilanti, the hero of the Greek Civil War whom our city […]

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