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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.

Ann Arbor Features

CivCity: The gamification of civic engagement

With voter turnout for the 2014 primaries dipping to 16.5 percent and political issues dominated by a vocal minority, Mary Morgan and Dave Askins decided that there must be a way to better engage local voters. The former Ann Arbor Chronicle publishers are launching CivCity, a nonprofit that seeks to combat civic apathy with games and programs.

Full STEAM ahead for Ann Arbor's Northside Elementary

After years of dwindling enrollment, Ann Arbor's Northside Elementary School fully embraced the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) integrated learning. The result has been a dramatic upswing in student admissions and performance. So much so that the school is expanding to a K-8 curriculum in 2016.

Ann Arbor's Great Divide Part 2: How we can reintegrate our metro

Concentrate's Natalie Burg relates her personal struggles with Ann Arbor's lack of affordability, and points to a similarly sized city in Wisconsin, where we might find ideas and inspiration for combatting the socioeconomic segregation that challenges our community.

Welcome to the Year of the Gazelle

Over the next year, we will identify the fastest-growing local companies and tell you the behind-the-scenes stories of the entrepreneurs, investors, and the resources that are building Michigan's new economy.

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.
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