Late last year, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) moved from Ann Arbor to downtown Ypsilanti. Following is a brief conversation I just had with Mary Jo Callan, the director of OCED, on why they decided to make the move, and what she and her organization are presently doing to help […]
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“We’re seeing real consequences of growing inequity play out locally,” says Mary Jo Callan, director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development
With the holiday shopping season now behind us, the struggling clothing retailer Wet Seal made a move this weekend to quietly close several of their stores. They did so with practically no notice, leaving many of their long-time employees without jobs, and no way to pay their bills. These employees, understandably, are none too pleased. […]
Several months ago, our local used bookstore, Cross Street Books, was shut down by the City for various code violations. This led to a spirited conversation here on the site, during which almost everyone, regardless of how they felt about Cross Street Books, seemed to agree that, in order to have a thriving downtown, Ypsilanti […]
And, yes, this post is in response to the bullshit legislation coming out of Arizona, which would allow business owners to deny service to those they suspect to be homosexual.
Earlier today, I shared with some friends that, in the whole scheme of things, I’m not terribly pissed about Walmart opening their doors at 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving day. I shared this thought after having read several posts condemning the retail giant for denying their employees the ability to enjoy the holiday with their families. […]