Tag Archives: Richard Murphy

Would it be feasible to have a cooperative bookstore in downtown Ypsilanti?

A few days ago, I posted something here about the City having shut down our local used bookstore, Cross Street Books. While acknowledging that there were certainly issues with the peculiar, little store, which has always been both painfully crowded and comically unsafe, I lamented the fact that, without them, our Ypsilanti would be without […]

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The arguments for and against Michigan’s Proposal 1

Those of you voting in Michigan today will be confronted by a terribly confusing ballot item called Proposal 1, or the Michigan Use Tax and Community Stabilization Share. Boiled down to its essentials, the legislation, if passed, would phase out the Personal Property Tax (PPT) currently paid on industrial and commercial personal property, and shuffle […]

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Just imagine how awesome of a wall we’d have around Ann Arbor if, of the past 40 years, we’d invested in bricks instead of the AATA

I should know better than to try to make sense of the arguments being offered by the rag tag band anti-tax activists who have come together to fight the AAATA millage we’ll be voting on next month, but, when I heard that they’d launched a website, I thought that I’d check it out, and see […]

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“Why should I move from New York to Ypsi instead of Ann Arbor?”

Earlier today, a reader of this site – a Michigan expatriate living in New York – left the following comment in response to my exit interview with Terri and Meghan Eagen-Torkko. As he’s only received one response thus far, I thought that I’d bump it up here to the front page. And here’s the one […]

Posted in Ann Arbor, Education, Uncategorized, Ypsilanti | Also tagged , , , , | 25 Comments

More Buses vs. Better Transit Now: the two sides square off in preparation for the May 6 vote on the future of mass transit in Ypsi/Arbor

On May 6, the citizens of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are going to have an opportunity to go to their local polling places and weigh in on whether or not they want to enact a milage that would allow the Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority (AAATA) to plan to dramatically expand services. The […]

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