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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?

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Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds channels her inner Leslie Knope

The challenge of all things: A Q&A with Ypsilanti mayor Amanda Edmonds

Six months ago, Amanda Edmonds was elected Ypsilanti's mayor with 97% of the vote! Concentrate checks in with her on how things are going so far, and what she's got planned next.

Mark Maynard hosting the Saturday Six Pack at AM1700 in downtown Ypsilanti

The Saturday Six Pack: Community dialogue, one beer at a time

Radio stations and cable channels are filled with content created by multinational corporations. Where can you go for local politics, music and personalities? Blogger Mark Maynard has the answer with his beer-soaked, Ypsilanti-centric radio show.

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You've heard about urban agriculture, but people are farming the suburbs, too

Urban agriculture in Detroit is a hot topic in the media and on social networks. Less talked about, however, are the projects that have quietly grown up in the city's backyard. That's right, a "suburban" farming movement is alive and kicking in southeast Michigan.

Leasing office for the new development under construction at 618 South Main

Ann Arbor's Great Divide Part 1: How our metro has become segregated by class

A recent report by the Martin Prosperity Institute ranked Ann Arbor as the eight most socioeconomically segregated metros in the United States - out of a possible 380 regions. In a two-part story, Concentrate's Natalie Burg digs into the how and why, as well as what we, as a community, can do about it.

L to R back row Linette Lao, Allida Warn and Christine Bruxvoort stand with students at Erickson Elementary showing off their finished work

3 up and coming arts nonprofits that deserve your support

In a community filled with long established arts and culture nonprofits (some over a century old), launching a new organization can be tough going. Concentrate shines the spotlight on three fledgling groups that could help seed the ground for the next generation of creators and audiences.
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