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Ah, Depot Town, Riverside Park, Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti is all about the perfect summer festival. Its walkable neighborhoods boast vintage housing to die for and its downtown historic district is the third largest in Michigan -- only Detroit and Grand Rapids have larger ones. Its independent music and art scenes are thriving, and it boasts a diversity and community spirit very few other Metro Detroit cities can touch.

Grab a sandwich at Beezy's Cafe. Catch an outre performance at the Dreamland Puppet Theatre. Down a Michigan brew at Frog Island or Corner Brewery. Check out the latest art show at Riverside Gallery or lust after an antique architectural find at Materials Unlimited.

At nearly 200 years old, this storied community's history has yet to be written. After all, name another city in Michigan that holds an annual summer festival dedicated to Elvis and the annual DIY fest, the Shadow Art Fair?

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Stefanie Staufer with her hot peppers at Tilian Farm

A fresh crop of local entrepreneurial farmers

Though affordable land has become a significant barrier to entry, the Tilian Farm Development Center is helping a new generation of farmers work local fields. They're savvy about social media, understand the strengths of niche marketing, and are, increasingly, women.

Gillian Ream Gainsley at the AAATA service garage

The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 1: Who's not riding and why?

Concentrate's Patrick Dunn kicks off a four-part series on the state of mass transit in our community: who's riding, what it needs, and how we plan for the future.

DaveStrenski on the roof of the Ypsilanti Food Coop

Can Ypsilanti become a solar destination?

As the effects of climate change become more and more pronounced, communities are looking to develop more sustainable practices and policies. Concentrate chats with SolarYpsi's Dave Strenski about the current state of local solar energy initiatives.

Ypsi Alloy Studios

The struggle to find local, affordable studio space

Lack of affordability doesn't just impact residents, it also presents a serious challenge for local artists, musicians and fledgling non-profits. With the July closing of SPUR studios, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti will be losing one of the few reasonably priced creative spaces left.

A sea of asphalt in front of At Home at Washtenaw and Golfside

Five places Washtenaw Avenue seriously needs to be improved

As debates rage over whether Washtenaw Avenue is predominantly a means to get from Point A to Point B, or as a corridor that serves many users and interests, perhaps it helps to give some real-world examples why it needs our attention now.  
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