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Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor has it all: the University of Michigan, great shopping, bars and restaurants and amazing concert venues. It also has a vitality that few college towns across the country can boast. It's the kind of city that draws in undergrads and then keeps them for good.

Toss a rock into the air and it'd be hard not to hit a cafe, bistro, or high-tech startup. From its ever-thriving summer Art Fair to its venerable Film Festival, the city consistently tops national quality of life surveys --Forbes, Money/CNN, Sperlings, the list goes on and on. Its school system is first rate, green spaces dominate the landscape and nearly 70% of the population holds a college degree. This small but mighty city is Michigan's leader in innovation.


Students at Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti

Washtenaw County schools catch the International Baccalaureate bug

The rush to establish International Baccalaureate schools in Washtenaw is on, with a regionally supported high school in Ypsilanti achieving high marks, a programme in Dexter and, now, Ann Arbor vowing to establish its own program track. But will these efforts complement or compete against each other?

Ian Nagy with many examples of his work for Zingerman's

Putting Ann Arbor artists on the payroll

Being a professional artist can be a hard row to hoe. Luckily, there are Ann Arbor businesses that see the value in bringing creative folks onto their staff. 

L to R Michael Kondziolka and Jim Leija of UMS at the Charles Baird Carillon

Space to create: Why downtown Ann Arbor needs a community arts space

While there is little doubt that Ann Arbor is a community filled with artists, its status as an arts community has yet to be realized. Some local business and non profit leaders think that a downtown arts venue might improve the situation.

City Administrator Steve Powers at Ann Arbor City Hall

As Ann Arbor's top administrator exits, he offers thoughts on the city's future

Steve Powers, Ann Arbor's city administrator is moving on. Concentrate asks him to talk about his four years with the city, what challenges it faces in the future, and what advice he has for his replacement.

Ann Arbor Swim Coach legend Denny Hill

Welcome to Ann Arbor, America's swim capital

For a land-locked city in the middle of the continent it may come as some surprise that Ann Arbor has been ranked the top swim city in the U.S. not once, but two years in a row. Concentrate looks into how a college town known for its football is making big waves in the pool.
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