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#DocumentYpsi2017 this weekend

A week or so ago, unable to find any images online of the merchandise that was sold at Pear’s Clothing Store on Michigan Avenue, which, after being open for about 30 years, closed in the early ’90s, I started thinking about how we, as a community, might do a better job of documenting everyday life […]

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Torn from the Pages of Facebook… Stewart Beal announces ambitious plans for Ypsilanti’s Smith Furniture Building

Local real estate developer Stewart Beal recently posted the following to Facebook and I’m curious to know your thoughts on it… As I’m seriously light-headed from coughing, and about half way into a bottle of Tylenol, I’ll abstain.

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Failing to sell at auction, the future of Ypsi’s Smith Furniture Building uncertain

As it was billed as a “no minimum bid” auction, I would have expected Ypsilanti’s long-neglected Smith Furniture building to be sold to the highest bidder this afternoon, regardless of how low that bid might have been. Apparently, though, that wasn’t the case. The highest bid, placed by Ann Arbor developer Phil Conlin, was rejected […]

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One month from today, assuming you win the auction, you could be the proud owner of Ypsilanti’s Smith Furniture Building… If so, what’ll you do with it?

It looks as though Ypsi’s long neglected Smith Furniture Building (15 South Washington Street), after years of sitting idle in the hands of a local property speculator, may finally be coming back in play. After years of urging by the City, James Pate, the owner of the 25,000 square foot building, which was originally constructed […]

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The possibility of a farmers market on Ypsilanti’s Water Street

Over the course of the past week or so, I’ve posted twice about the 38-acre vacant lot at the heart of downtown Ypsilanti commonly referred to as Water Street. In the first post, which was written in response to news that Family Dollar had expressed interest in building on the site, I outlined my objection […]

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