Tag Archives: DDA

The Ypsilanti Garbage Report… Chapter Two: The DDA Responds

Last night, I vented online about the trash situation in downtown Ypsi, and, quite rightly, I was called out for it by Downtown Development Authority Treasurer Adam Gainsley, who asked in a comment why I hadn’t reached out to anyone at the DDA for their side of the story. Following, with his consent, is our […]

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Trash, go pick it up…

Apparently the day I left town for vacation all hell broke loose on the Ypsilanti garbage front. No sooner had I arrived on the west coast last week than I began receiving emails and texts from people alerting me to the fact that our downtown thoroughfares, thanks to a change in City policy, were quickly […]

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The fight intensifies over Ann Arbor’s proposed “ambassador” program

“Does Ann Arbor’s downtown belong to the people of Ann Arbor, or to the City’s most influential and vocal business owners?” It’s a question that’s been asked quite a bit this past week, in the wake of news surfacing about an Ann Arbor DDA plan to further the “mallification” of downtown by hiring a small […]

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Urban chickens, local trains, and young people on the DDA

I skipped last night’s Ypsi City Council meeting. I should have gone, but other things got in the way. From what I hear, it was dominated by talk of urban chickens, with significant numbers of both proponents and opponents coming out to let their opinions be known. In the end, it looks like the pro-chicken […]

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Ypsilanti City Council to vote on consolidating Downtown Development Authorities

On Tuesday, June 16, Ypsi City Council will vote on the creation of a single DDA board to oversee what had previously been the purview of two. I’m sure the politics behind it are messy, as the two areas – Downtown and Depot Town – have always been, to some extent, competitive, but it seems […]

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