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After five years of promises, Ypsi’s downtown rec center pronounced dead

This past May 2nd, Bob Tetens, the director of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, came to Ypsilanti at the behest of Washtenaw County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson, and explained to us why it was that, after five years, he and his team still hadn’t broken ground on the downtown recreation center that we’d all […]

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The Danger (re)Zone… the unsellable houses of Bell Street

Every once in a while someone I don’t know hands me something and asks me to publish it on this site. Until today, however, I don’t think that I’ve actually ever done it. I’ve never taken something that I’ve found scrawled on a piece of paper and stuck in my mailbox, and posted it. An […]

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The end of the Water Street Commons native flower prairie… at least for now

Someone came to the door this afternoon with an official letter, which they told Linette she had to sign for. I was at work when she called me, and she was understandably concerned. We didn’t discuss it, but I suspect she thought that we were being sued or something, probably for something that I’d written […]

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Panic on Water Street… MSHDA report raises specter of toxins that could derail development, but is it accurate?

Based on a draft Health Risk Evaluation report made public late yesterday afternoon by Ann Arbor News reporter Tom Perkins, it would appear that there’s some question as to whether or not Ypsilanti’s Water Street Redevelopment Area (WSRA) may be safe for human habitation. At least that’s the sense one might get from the article’s […]

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Who will fight for Michigan’s struggling cities, like Ypsilanti, against the Snyder budget?

As we’ve discussed here in the past, the budget put forward by our new Governor, Rick Snyder, would appear to put a disproportionate amount of the burden on aging, urban communities, like Ypsilanti. Here are just a few of the ways that Ypsilanti will be impacted by the new budget if it is ratified. • First, […]

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