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Eighteen year old sculptor Austen Brantley at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
Eighteen year old sculptor Austen Brantley at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair - Doug Coombe | Hide Photo


Behind the biking curve: Imagining protected bike lanes in Ann Arbor

To be considered a truly bike-friendly city it's not enough to simply throw down a yellow line, paint a bike stencil and call it a day. Studies have shown that protected bike lanes increase ridership across all demographics and significantly decrease accidents. Concentrate's Natalie Burg looks at why they should be a integral part of any transportation plan and whether Ann Arbor is on board.

Chelsea Alehouse, a year of lessons

The first year can be tough for any business owner. It's an opportunity to understand who your customers are and what they want. It's also the time where many businesses sink or swim. Concentrate checks in with Chris Martinson about what he's learned about running the Chelsea Alehouse ...and the local brewery scene in general.

Q&A with Dan Wyant, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

MDEQ Director Dan Wyant discusses the EPA's new proposed carbon rule and Michigan's plan to address it.

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Apple cider, model railroads, and  pie-eating contests --walk through Dexter's tidy downtown and you'll feel like you've wandered onto the set of a Hollywood movie. Just seven miles outside Ann Arbor, nestled alongside the Huron River, this community of nearly 3000 boasts a top-ranked high school, the state's oldest running cider mill and three large woodland parks. 

Spend an afternoon of hiking, canoeing or cross-country skiing then grab a cup of locally roasted joe at Foggy Bottom Coffee House or enjoy a treat at the Dexter Bakery. Looking for something a bit more urbane? Why not sample the award-winning microbrews at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery or savor the French cuisine of Bistro Renaissance. Better yet, catch and cook your own spring-fed  trout. For nearly 185 years, Dexter has been a fresh-baked slice of small town goodness.

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