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Just a hop, skip and jump down the road from Ann Arbor is the town CNN/Money Magazine calls one of the country's top 100 "Best Places to Live" (It's 42nd). Known for its annual Celtic Festival in July, this community of 9000 boasts great schools, a charming downtown and the kind of quality of life other communities drool over.

Meet a friend for coffee at the Drowsy Parrot, chow down on one of the best burgers you've ever had at Dan's Downtown Tavern or slurp oysters at Mac's Acadian Seafood. From its weekly farmer's market to a pair of nationally renowned high school bluegrass/fiddle groups, if you're looking for authetic midwestern living, look no further.

Features

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.

Zach Wigal at the Gamers Outreach warehouse

Healing through Xbox: Locally-launched non-profit gives games to sick kids nationwide

Talk about the law of unintended consequences. In 2007, a local police officer shut down a Saline high school Halo tournament, claiming video games corrupted the minds of teens. That one misguided complaint ended up inspiring Gamers Outreach, a growing nonprofit that provides video games to children's hospitals across the country.

Belinda Dulin

OpEd: Why mediation is a model for problem solving

Unresolved disputes can hurt economies or degrade the quality of life in a community. Belinda Dulin, executive director of The Dispute Resolution Center, explains why mediation is a viable alternative to costly and time-consuming court cases.

National Main Streets Conference

Downtown Saline Goes to Downtown Detroit

Over 1,300 downtown professionals are making the journey to Detroit this week for the National Main Street Conference. Saline will be in the house, learning what Motown has to teach about revitalizing downtown development and, in turn, educating the Motor City about its Main Street successes.

Bob Rosenberger at Leather Bucket Alley in Saline

Saline's Amped Up Alley

Smart growth means employing new and innovative ideas about overlooked spaces. Consider the alley, an urban feature that conjures up all manner of unsavory images. Some communities have discovered that what was once reserved for dumpsters and smoke breaks may actually be an untapped downtown asset. Just ask Saline.
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