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Reuse / Rebuild

Just because a space has been abandoned does not mean it is no longer useful. Entrepreneurs, artists, city officials, activists and neighbors, with the right amount of ambition and innovation, can take vacant spaces and turn them into opportunities. By transforming what we already have into sustainable properties, we revitalize neighborhoods and stimulate local economies.

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How Hooklogic turned an old economy space into a new economy enterprise

The former Leopold Brothers building on S. Main St. is the kind of space that takes imagination and moxie to make work. Enter New York City-based software firm Hooklogic, which decided to abandon plans to outsource its programming and set up shop in Ann Arbor, turning a light industrial space into a workplace for new economy talent.

Playing catch-up: Commercial recycling in Ann Arbor

When it comes to recycling, Ann Arbor has long considered itself leaders and the best. And that was true once upon a time. Today, however, the story is a little different. The city still has some work to do when it comes to commercial and multi-dwelling recycling.

Perfect Park Potential: The Case for Liberty Plaza, Part 2

Last week we made the case that Liberty Plaza deserves a second, more energetic look as Ann Arbor's go-to downtown park. This week we explore the virtues and challenges of what it might take to re-imagine that space.

Owner In Residence: Vellum Revives Main St. Tradition

A new restaurant opening in downtown - on Main St. no less - is hardly a surprise. Vellum will, no doubt, be a welcome addition to Ann Arbor's "Restaurant Row." What makes Peter Roumanis' entrepreneurial approach a little different is that he has chosen to make the vintage space at 209 South Main his home as well.

Treecycling with Urbanwood

After the fall of many of Southeast Michigan's urban trees to the emerald ash borer and other misfortunes, a group of sustainability-minded individuals were left standing. Concentrate talks with Urbanwood, a partnership that's now a national model of recycling trees into green products.
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