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Imported inspiration: Ann Arbor's one-of-a-kind speaker series

For more than a decade, The Penny Stamps Speaker Series has brought innovative artists, thinkers and makers to Ann Arbor to speak to students and locals alike. For free! It's the only program of its kind in the nation, and it's impact has help forge an unique connection between the community and the university.
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The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 2: Congestion and the Connector

As with most issues of transportation in Michigan, progress and innovation can be maddeningly slow. Even after six years of studies, plans for a north-south transit Connector in Ann Arbor are still under review. And that's only one piece of our ever-complicated transportation puzzle.
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How green is the Maize and Blue? U-M's big sustainability goals

With climate change and sustainable practices starting to dominate public discourse, Concentrate takes a look at the University of Michigan's green initiatives and how they compare with other universities across the country.
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Grizzly Peak celebrates 20 years by refreshing with renovations

Grizzly Peak Brewing Co is hitting a stage of development most other restaurants only dream about. It has been in downtown Ann Arbor long enough that it has become a fixture of the local brewpub scene. However, that longevity comes with a price paid through renovations. The popular brewpub is spending a significant part of August renovating its ...
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DeepField doubles staff, revenue, and bike house space

Doubling is a popular word at DeepField this year. The IT startup has doubled its customer base, revenue, and staff over the last year. And its doing that by doubling down in downtown Ann Arbor. The 4-year-old startup recently moved to its new downtown home to accommodate its growing staff. DeepField currently has 40 employees after hiring a cool ...
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Growing demand leads to second bike house in downtown Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor is set to cut the ribbon on its second bike house tomorrow, and the first spots in it are reserved for employees working in city's center. A bike house is a small, secure facility where users can store and access their bicycles, sort of like a locker room for bikes. Renters pay an annual or monthly fee to rent a space in the ...
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How road diets work

Not sure what a road diet or how it works or why Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti should be considering one? Read this. Or watch this.
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Original Moxie's growth leads to cramped space in new Depot Town home

Original Moxie is 4 years old but it’s this last year that has really taken the Ypsilanti-based business on a ride. A year ago it was a home-based business operating out of Rachel Blistein's basement. A steady rise in demand lead Original Moxie to find its own brick-and-mortar home in Depot Town last fall. A new partnership made that ...
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If U-M bars were Parks & Rec characters

Ever wonder which Parks & Rec character your favorite bar resembles? Sure you do. Now, if only they'd tell us which Walking Dead character our local cell phone outlets are most like. Excerpt: The Blind Pig: Andy Dwyer A bit of a hike from campus, but its the place to catch up with the local music scene, order a pitcher and maybe win back ...
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EMU gets $3.26 million gift for special ed, music therapy programs

Eastern Michigan University was handed a $3.26 million gift from long-time supporters William and Delores Brehm. The philanthropic couple are dedicated to growing the university's special education programs and have, over the years, donated more than $8 million to the school. Excerpt: "Dee Brehm, herself a graduate of EMU’s special ...

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Roundhouse

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Step inside the DT&M Roundhouse, the innovation responsible for moving the massive metal machines at Greenfield Village.
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Ypsilanti

Ah, Depot Town, Riverside Park, Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti is all about the perfect summer festival. Its walkable neighborhoods boast vintage housing to die for and its downtown historic district is the third largest in Michigan -- only Detroit and Grand Rapids have larger ones. Its independent music and art scenes are thriving, and it boasts a diversity and community spirit very few other Metro Detroit cities can touch.

Grab a sandwich at Beezy's Cafe. Catch an outre performance at the Dreamland Puppet Theatre. Down a Michigan brew at Frog Island or Corner Brewery. Check out the latest art show at Riverside Gallery or lust after an antique architectural find at Materials Unlimited.

At nearly 200 years old, this storied community's history has yet to be written. After all, name another city in Michigan that holds an annual summer festival dedicated to Elvis and the annual DIY fest, the Shadow Art Fair?