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Many new developments downtown are financially out of reach for many Ann Arborites

Does Ann Arbor's largest employer pay enough? Maybe if you're Jim Harbaugh.

UM football coach Jim Harbaugh will be paid $7 million this year. Nearly 7000 other UM employees will earn between $30,000 and $40,000 - roughly half the median household income rate for Ann Arbor. Concentrate looks at what those salaries mean in a city that scores high on livability but low on affordability.

Stefanie Stauffer and Ryan Padgett at Tillian Farm, Ann Arbor

National round-up: The secret(s) to sustainable urban farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

Alma Wheeler Smith at the Blake Transit Center

The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 4: Thinking regionally

It took decades to happen, but metro Detroit is finally developing a regional transportation plan, and it includes Ann Arbor. Getting DDOT, SMART and AAATA to work together is instrumental if we're serious about changing the ignoble fact that we're the only metro in the nation's top 25 to lack such a system.

Chinatown is one of DC's most congested neighborhoods.

In growing cities, parking challenges require creative solutions

As more people move to cities, how can rapidly developing neighborhoods tackle parking challenges without gobbling up valuable urban space for off-street lots?

Josh Lin mural

Local venture capital loaded for bear after decade of digging in

Once upon a time, venture capital in Michigan was small and inconsequential. Today it's powering the Great Lakes State's new economy, growing at a time when the industry has shrunk. Concentrate takes a long look on what that means for our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Identity crisis: The true story about the Ann Arbor - Ypsilanti CVB merger

When it comes to community identity, there's little doubt that Ypsilanti is not Ann Arbor (nor vice versa). Which is the core argument against the planned merger of the two city's Convention and Visitors Bureaus. But beyond the identity rhetoric what's really at stake? Concentrate digs in.

Ray Andrews at the Ypsilanti Transit Center

The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 3: Bringing the next generation onboard

Research shows that young people are a lot less enamored with the automobile than previous generations. For milliennials, public transportation is an important factor in how and where they choose to live. This presents a challenge for AAATA - meeting the demands of today while preparing for the needs of tomorrow.

Chinook Salmon

Invasive or just non-native? Why Michigan loves Pacific salmon and fears sea lamprey

Michiganders are rightly on alert for invasive species. But not all non-native species are invasive. Here, we explore the benefits of some of Michigan's non-native species and how we distinguish if a newcomer to the ecosystem should be loved or feared.

back to school

Concentrate takes a break

It's Labor Day and back-to-school, which means pools close, notebooks open and Concentrate is taking a little down time. Not to fear, we'll be back in a couple of weeks with more stories about the people, policies, companies and organizations that are moving our community forward!

Katoi's menu

While it builds a home in Detroit, Katoi gets up and running in Ann Arbor

Katoi, a Thai eatery which started as a Detroit food truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in Ann Arbor while a permanent Detroit restaurant is under construction.

Dr. Benjamin Edmondson at his YCS office

New leadership, new brand, new era: The big, broad vision of Ypsilanti Schools' new superintendent

Ypsilanti Community Schools is a district with serious challenges, from a shrinking population to negative perceptions. Dr. Benjamin Edmonson is taking them all on with gusto. Here's what YCS's new superintendent has planned for the struggling schools.

Chrisstina Hamilton at the Michigan Theater

Imported inspiration: Ann Arbor's one-of-a-kind speaker series

For more than a decade, The Penny Stamps Speaker Series has brought innovative artists, thinkers and makers to Ann Arbor to speak to students and locals alike. For free! It's the only program of its kind in the nation, and it's impact has help forge an unique connection between the community and the university.

Andrew Berki at one of North Campus' Solar Power locations

How green is the Maize and Blue? U-M's big sustainability goals

With climate change and sustainable practices starting to dominate public discourse, Concentrate takes a look at the University of Michigan's green initiatives and how they compare with other universities across the country.

Plymouth Road on the proposed Connector route

The future of Ann Arbor transit, part 2: Congestion and the Connector

As with most issues of transportation in Michigan, progress and innovation can be maddeningly slow. Even after six years of studies, plans for a north-south transit Connector in Ann Arbor are still under review. And that's only one piece of our ever-complicated transportation puzzle.

Mt. Biking (Arcadia Bluffs)

Vacationing in the trees: How forests are helping to grow Michigan's tourism economy

Sandy beaches and boating may be the quintessential tourist attractions in Michigan, but forests are driving a growing segment of the state's tourism economy. Here's why healthy trees matter for growing jobs and local economies in Michigan. 
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