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Is Ann Arbor affordable? Nope. (And that's official.)

It's no secret that Ann Arbor offers a high quality of life for its residents. But with little supply and increased demand, the cost of living here has become prohibitive for many members of the middle class. And without a plan for future accommodation this not only means less diversity but also potential long term economic challenges.

Little Free Libraries: Connecting neighborhoods book by book

Maybe you've seen them, little birdhouse-like structures filled with books, stationed beside the sidewalk, at the end of  someone's lawn. The Little Free Library movement has caught on in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, creating a sharing community of bibliophiles while connecting neighbors that might not ever have met. 

Happy Holidays!

Concentrate wishes you the warmest of holiday wishes ...before its staff indulges in two weeks of rest, holiday cheer, and gift returns. We'll be back January 7th with more stories about the people, companies and innovations that fuel Ann Arbor's creative and economic growth.

5 hard questions with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor

Public art. Near-downtown development. Affordable housing. Council divisions. Ann Arbor's brand new mayor, Christopher Taylor, has a lot of issues on his plate. Concentrate's Natalie Burg zeroes in on where he stands on the issues.

Startups for students, by students

Ann Arbor boasts both a booming entrepreneurial ecosystem and a large, internationally renowned university. No surprise then that the two have fostered a fair number of startups - not only created by students, but also for students.

Accelerate Michigan farm system slow cooks startups

The annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition may sometimes seem like a line-up of the usual startup suspects, but in actuality it's seeding the ground for more and wider business interests and, more importantly, investment.

Agrarian Adventure: Bringing the farm to the classroom

…Or How Kids Learned To Stop Hating Veggies and Love Kohlrabi. Agrarian Adventure brings educational programs to a dozen different Ann Arbor area schools, helping kids better understand where their food comes from and even how to grow their own.

Doodling counts: A Q&A with artist David Zinn

Ann Arbor artist and illustrator David Zinn's public art chalk creations have been ricocheting around the Internet lately and we thought it was high time we had a chat with him about the state of art -public and otherwise- in our community.

The entrepreneurial case for Ypsilanti's authenticity

Maybe it's the price point. Maybe it's the proximity and cost prohibitions of Ann Arbor. Maybe it's the gravitational pull of authenticity. Whatever the reason, Ypsilanti is drawing local artisans and boutique entrepreneurs into its fold with its unique sense of community.

How Hooklogic turned an old economy space into a new economy enterprise

The former Leopold Brothers building on S. Main St. is the kind of space that takes imagination and moxie to make work. Enter New York City-based software firm Hooklogic, which decided to abandon plans to outsource its programming and set up shop in Ann Arbor, turning a light industrial space into a workplace for new economy talent.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We here at Concentrate will be off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer. We'll be back Dec. 3 with more stories of growth and innovation. Have a wonderful holiday!

Doing business differently: IdeaLab returns Nov. 14

Over the last five years, IdeaLab has showcased dozens of Detroiters on the vanguard of community and economic development, and this year's Nov. 14 event is no exception.

OpEd: Get corridor connections between cities up and running

The voter-approved transit expansion in Ypsi and Ann Arbor was a victory, but now we need to think corridors, long stretches between southeast Michigan cities that need linking. AAATA board member Gillian Ream Gainsley weighs in on the options.

Playing catch-up: Commercial recycling in Ann Arbor

When it comes to recycling, Ann Arbor has long considered itself leaders and the best. And that was true once upon a time. Today, however, the story is a little different. The city still has some work to do when it comes to commercial and multi-dwelling recycling.

How Ann Arbor helped launch a next generation explorer

From a video about squirrels on U-M's diag to a National Geographic grant to film extreme tree-climbing, U-M student Charlie Engelman has turned a video hobby into the start of a career in educational entertainment.
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