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Michiganders have a voice when it comes to the protection and strategy regarding the state's water

What does Michigan's water mean to us? Everything. You can meet up with the Office of the Great Lakes' director and staff in your city to have your comments, questions and concerns heard and answered. 
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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.
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Deconstructing the past for a zero-energy future

After 30 years of neglect, two century-old Ann Arbor homes are being salvaged, nail-by-nail, for use in a new commercial net-zero energy building. How cool is that?
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From pop-up to restaurant, Central Provisions becomes Spencer

Dreams of opening a restaurant are the obvious inspiration for most pop-up eateries, but very few make the leap to a brick and mortar space. Steven Hall and Abby Olitzky are on their way to sticking that landing. The young couple (they recently became engaged) plan to open a restaurant and cheese bar in downtown Ann Arbor called Spencer. In ...
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Ann Arbor's robot city

The University of Michigan has opened Mcity, a  $6.5 million, 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment where self driving cars and mechanical pedestrians run wild. Okay, maybe not run wild. But it does make you wonder when they'll open WestWorld. Excerpt: "The University of Michigan opened Mcity, the world's first controlled ...
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Cool Tools Committee keeps Logic Solutions ahead of tech curve for 20 years

Logic Solutions is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, which makes it a veteran of the local software scene. This is no small feat in an industry where many startups flame out after a couple of years. So how does the Ann Arbor-based company stay young and relevant in a world of constant change? "It's about continuing to keep up ...
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Which Wich franchise opens in downtown Ann Arbor

Lots of people bristle at the thought of being called yellow. The team at the new Which Wich sandwich shop in Ann Arbor can't want to embrace this unfairly maligned color. "Yellow is the color of happiness," says Alexandra Zaki, franchisee of Which Wich in Ann Arbor, talking about the franchise’s main color. "We are all ...
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The case for converting street parking to bike lanes

Businesses often argue that if a city converts street parking to bike lanes they will financially suffer. Unfortunately, study after study shows that simply isn't the case. Excerpt: "But here's the thing about the "studies on possible economic impacts" requested by retailers on Polk Street, or really wherever bike-lane plans ...
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Reveal Design Automation scores $50K from Zell Lurie Fund

Reveal Design Automation has scored a $50,000 investment from the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund, a pre-seed investment fund from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. The money is the last infusion of seed capital the University of Michigan spin-out will received. The angel investments and federal grants total nearly $4 ...
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Ann Arbor named top Swim City... again

Who says being land locked is a disadvantage? Ann Arbor recently got named the top swim cities in the USA. Eat it Pismo Beach! Excerpt: "Ann Arbor’s has the largest percentage of top USA Swimming athletes per population and the second-highest number of pool facilities per population of any city in the country. More than 60 Olympians came ...

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: 3D Food

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Print your breakfast with the Pancake bot, then meet the inventors at Maker Faire® Detroit!
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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?