Tag Archives: SPARK East

Talking about Highland Cemetery’s Starkweather Chapel, and the history of Ypsilanti’s death industry

The Starkweather Chapel in Ypsilanti’s Highland Cemetery, for those of you who may not have noticed, has been undergoing some much needed renovation work this past year. Here, with more on the history of the building, and the preservation work that’s been done thus far, is a conversation I just had with lifelong Ypsilanti resident […]

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Why Ypsilanti’s identity, independent of Ann Arbor, is important…. and why we should fight to keep our Convention and Visitors Bureau

It was made public today that members of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners are considering the possibility of forcing a merger between the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (YACVB) and its counterpart in Ann Arbor. This, as I understand it from my sources, is something that the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors […]

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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 Ypsilanti Courier’s parent company launches Community Media Lab, in hopes of having community members create content for free

I just learned, thanks to a reader of this site, that the parent company of the Ypsilanti Courier has launched a community journalism support center in downtown Ypsilanti. According to a release from the Journal Register Company, the facility, called the Community Media Lab, has already opened its doors on Michigan Avenue, within the SPARK […]

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Ypsi’s Karen and Eric Maurer challenge Snyder on brownfield and historic preservation tax credits

Local real estate developers Eric and Karen Maurer were featured in today’s Detroit Free Press, in an article about the Governor’s recent decision to eliminate tax credits like those which were utilized to restore several of the buildings along Ypsilanti’s Michigan Avenue corridor. In the following clip, you’ll not only hear the Maurers’ point of […]

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