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Is Ann Arbor affordable? Nope. (And that's official.)

It's no secret that Ann Arbor offers a high quality of life for its residents. But with little supply and increased demand, the cost of living here has become prohibitive for many members of the middle class. And without a plan for future accommodation this not only means less diversity but also potential long term economic challenges.

Little Free Libraries: Connecting neighborhoods book by book

Maybe you've seen them, little birdhouse-like structures filled with books, stationed beside the sidewalk, at the end of  someone's lawn. The Little Free Library movement has caught on in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, creating a sharing community of bibliophiles while connecting neighbors that might not ever have met. 

Happy Holidays!

Concentrate wishes you the warmest of holiday wishes ...before its staff indulges in two weeks of rest, holiday cheer, and gift returns. We'll be back January 7th with more stories about the people, companies and innovations that fuel Ann Arbor's creative and economic growth.

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Chelsea

More than just the home of Jiffy Mix, the city of Chelsea (pop. 4500) has embodied the virtues of progressive small town living for nearly 190 years. Classic neighborhoods surround its historic city center where festivals run all summer long. The city's picture-perfect downtown boasts the popular upscale bistro the Common Grill, just a block away from the award-winning Purple Rose Theatre --founded by local resident, actor Jeff Daniels. 

Pick up a bottle of Michigan wine at The New Chelsea Market. Drop by the Chelsea Gallery to take in some fine art or socialize over coffee and dessert. Take a class at the Chelsea Center For The Arts. The city may be overflowing with time-out-of-place charms, but it's very much attuned to what makes a downtown vibrant. And if that isn't here-and-now enough for you, DaimlerChrysler's Proving Grounds are situated just outside the city's limits.

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