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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

A delicious homecoming: Takashi Yagihashi returns to Michigan with Slurping Turtle

With successful restaurants in Las Vegas, New York, and Chicago, former Iron Chef Takashi Yagihashi could have settled anywhere. But what he wanted most was to bring his family back to Michigan. Which is why Ann Arbor is now home to his latest eatery, the Slurping Turtle. Concentrate's Nicole Rupersberg learns why.

#EATING: U-M football stars plant new seeds

The news is filled with examples of sports figures behaving badly. Well, here's something a little different: a trio of U-M football players have started the #EATING Project, which seeks to establish community food gardens in underserved communities.

OpEd: Empowering People to Power Michigan

Despite the rising demand for renewable energy generation in Michigan, individual property owners desiring to install renewable energy systems face numerous barriers and caps. Hence, the Energy Freedom bill package, a market-based approach that facilitates renewable energy generation at the individual level. State Rep. Jeff Irwin, a sponsor of the 4-bill package, opines on how to lift these barriers, thereby turning small-scale generation into a large-scale pursuit. 

Choo-choo-choosing a new home for Ann Arbor's Amtrak Station

Designated as the busiest Amtrak station in Michigan, Ann Arbor's long outdated depot is up for reconsideration - in terms of infrastructure, location and economic impact. Whether we're talking commuter needs or community development, it's a complicated equation with no easy answer. 

Changing careers in the startup lane

In today's economy, finding a job is challenge enough. Now try finding one at age 45. Or 55. And in a different field. Where do you start? How do you present decades of work experience to an industry unfamiliar with your skill set? Shifting Gears is a career-transition program for mid-to-late-career professionals looking for a second act.
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