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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?

Matt Jones recording the River Street Anthology at Lo & Behold! Records

The sound of Michigan: An Ypsilanti music project spreads statewide

Matt Jones is determined to collect, and preserve Michigan's musical identity - one song at a time. He's recorded 150 artists for his River Street Anthology so far... and has no intention of stopping.

Alma Wheeler Smith at the Blake Transit Center

The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 4: Thinking regionally

It took decades to happen, but metro Detroit is finally developing a regional transportation plan, and it includes Ann Arbor. Getting DDOT, SMART and AAATA to work together is instrumental if we're serious about changing the ignoble fact that we're the only metro in the nation's top 25 to lack such a system.

Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Identity crisis: The true story about the Ann Arbor - Ypsilanti CVB merger

When it comes to community identity, there's little doubt that Ypsilanti is not Ann Arbor (nor vice versa). Which is the core argument against the planned merger of the two city's Convention and Visitors Bureaus. But beyond the identity rhetoric what's really at stake? Concentrate digs in.

Dr. Benjamin Edmondson at his YCS office

New leadership, new brand, new era: The big, broad vision of Ypsilanti Schools' new superintendent

Ypsilanti Community Schools is a district with serious challenges, from a shrinking population to negative perceptions. Dr. Benjamin Edmonson is taking them all on with gusto. Here's what YCS's new superintendent has planned for the struggling schools.

Stefanie Staufer with her hot peppers at Tilian Farm

A fresh crop of local entrepreneurial farmers

Though affordable land has become a significant barrier to entry, the Tilian Farm Development Center is helping a new generation of farmers work local fields. They're savvy about social media, understand the strengths of niche marketing, and are, increasingly, women.

Gillian Ream Gainsley at the AAATA service garage

The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 1: Who's not riding and why?

Concentrate's Patrick Dunn kicks off a four-part series on the state of mass transit in our community: who's riding, what it needs, and how we plan for the future.

DaveStrenski on the roof of the Ypsilanti Food Coop

Can Ypsilanti become a solar destination?

As the effects of climate change become more and more pronounced, communities are looking to develop more sustainable practices and policies. Concentrate chats with SolarYpsi's Dave Strenski about the current state of local solar energy initiatives.

Ypsi Alloy Studios

The struggle to find local, affordable studio space

Lack of affordability doesn't just impact residents, it also presents a serious challenge for local artists, musicians and fledgling non-profits. With the July closing of SPUR studios, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti will be losing one of the few reasonably priced creative spaces left.

A sea of asphalt in front of At Home at Washtenaw and Golfside

Five places Washtenaw Avenue seriously needs to be improved

As debates rage over whether Washtenaw Avenue is predominantly a means to get from Point A to Point B, or as a corridor that serves many users and interests, perhaps it helps to give some real-world examples why it needs our attention now.  

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.


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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