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Time Banking comes to Ypsilanti with the hOur Exchange

You might already know this, but I just discovered that Ypsilanti now has a functioning time bank. (For those of you not familiar with the concept, that’s a system of reciprocal service exchange in which units of time serve as currency.) It’s called hOur Exchange Ypsilanti (hEY), and there’s a 1:30 orientation session Thursday, January […]

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The sprouts are coming up on the Water Street Commons!

On Sunday afternoon, when the rain finally stopped coming down, the kids and I walked over to Water Street to do some weeding, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that a good number of our nearly 3,000 seed bombs had begun to sprout… I have no idea how long it will take before we […]

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May Day in Ypsilanti… a beautiful success

I’m sunburnt and in much need of sleep, so this won’t be as exhaustive of a post as perhaps it should be. I did, however, want to say, before passing out, just how happy I am about the way things went today. What I saw unfold this afternoon on Water Street, I’m certain, will keep […]

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Two Frenchies on what they love about Detroit’s “Do It Ourselves” culture, and why they’re making a film about it

A few months ago, I received a nice note from two French filmmakers, who, for some reason, had stumbled across my site and liked it. Their names were Nora Mandray and Hélène Bienvenu, and, as I’d come to learn over the course of subsequent emails, they had been living in the the area for some […]

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Talking with Fred Thomas about the Ypsi Flea

As the Ypsi Flea is coming up in about a week, I though that I’d take the opportunity to speak with Fred Thomas, who organizes the event. What follows is our email exchange. MARK: So, what’s the Ypsi Flea? FRED: Ypsi Flea is a free, all ages event held every so often that’s part flea […]

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