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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. 

The entrepreneurial case for Ypsilanti's authenticity

Maybe it's the price point. Maybe it's the proximity and cost prohibitions of Ann Arbor. Maybe it's the gravitational pull of authenticity. Whatever the reason, Ypsilanti is drawing local artisans and boutique entrepreneurs into its fold with its unique sense of community.

OpEd: Get corridor connections between cities up and running

The voter-approved transit expansion in Ypsi and Ann Arbor was a victory, but now we need to think corridors, long stretches between southeast Michigan cities that need linking. AAATA board member Gillian Ream Gainsley weighs in on the options.

5 Local Blogs You Need To Be Reading

Okay, there's us. And we're proud to say we've been around 300+ issues now. But let's share some of the love, okay? There are some damn fine local bloggers out there and we think you should be reading them. So, we've put together a list of five must-read sites.

The 21st century body is being built in Washtenaw County

With advances in the medical device industry, Ann Arbor is proving to be more than just a place for entrepreneurial innovation and growth, it's producing startups that are helping to shape the future of the human body. 

Garages, clubs and co-ops: Navigating Ann Arbor/Ypsi's music underground

When it comes to live music and the performing arts, space is at a premium - particularly in Ann Arbor. So where do up and coming musicians and artists reach an audience? Concentrate's Patrick Dunn takes you on a quick tour of underground and off-the-radar performance venues.

OpEd: How time banking can help revitalize Ypsilanti

"Know thy neighbors," isn't just a proverb. It's also key to neighborhood revitalization. And what better way to get to know others than through offering your services, using time as currency? It gives a new meaning to "spending your time," for a community and economic boost.

What a 21st-Century Washtenaw Ave. should look like

Ann Arbor's most congested corridor, Washtenaw Avenue, is now geared to sprawling strip malls and parking lots. It's the antithesis of a community-building, pedestrian-friendly space. Nathan Voght, an economic development specialist with Washtenaw County, opines on why creating "places" is key to transforming the corridor and its local economy.

OpEd: Why mediation is a model for problem solving

Unresolved disputes can hurt economies or degrade the quality of life in a community. Belinda Dulin, executive director of The Dispute Resolution Center, explains why mediation is a viable alternative to costly and time-consuming court cases.

The Story So Far...

For nearly five years Concentrate has made it its mission to capture and comment on what's next in entrepreneurship, urban design, sustainability and placemaking for our region. As we enter the mid-point of 2014, we look back on some of the stories and people that are defining the direction of the Ann Arbor area.

OpEd: Why Saying "Yes" to Transit Improvement Millage was Best

The recent passage of the Transit Improvement millage means better bus service, of course, but there are also intangible rewards. Ann Arbor City Council representative Chuck Warpehoski discusses the community benefits of saying, "Yes." 

Cool Jobs: Rob Todd, Maker

It's probably fair to say at this point that the maker movement is no longer a trend but an established facet of modern creative culture. To wit, Robb Todd (aka Robotodd) has not only fashioned a career out of his handmade skills, but also developed some important opinions about the state of our local maker scene.

OpEd: Vote Yes to Transit Choice

Driving a mid-size car costs about $9K a year, not counting the environmental impact, according to AAA. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to go from a 2-car to a 1-car household? Ypsilanti Planning Commission Vice-Chair Richard Murphy explains what passage of the May 6 transportation millage could mean for you.

Mix Studio Theater: Rethinking Retail Space

The promotion of mixed-use development has become a clarion call for progressive urbanists. But why limit the concept to streets and neighborhoods? How about retail spaces and storefronts? That's just what the Mix in Ypsilanti is doing.
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