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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.


Many new developments downtown are financially out of reach for many Ann Arborites

Does Ann Arbor's largest employer pay enough? Maybe if you're Jim Harbaugh.

UM football coach Jim Harbaugh will be paid $7 million this year. Nearly 7000 other UM employees will earn between $30,000 and $40,000 - roughly half the median household income rate for Ann Arbor. Concentrate looks at what those salaries mean in a city that scores high on livability but low on affordability.

Stefanie Stauffer and Ryan Padgett at Tillian Farm, Ann Arbor

National round-up: The secret(s) to sustainable urban farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

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.

Josh Lin mural

Local venture capital loaded for bear after decade of digging in

Once upon a time, venture capital in Michigan was small and inconsequential. Today it's powering the Great Lakes State's new economy, growing at a time when the industry has shrunk. Concentrate takes a long look on what that means for our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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.
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