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The case for narrower traffic lanes

Though the concept might be a tough sell in auto-obsessed Michigan, studies show that wider traffic lanes are less safe than narrow lanes - especially in urban settings.

Excerpt:

"Given the empirical evidence that favours ‘narrower is safer’, the ‘wider is safer’ approach based on intuition should be discarded once and for all. Narrower lane width, combined with other livable streets elements in urban areas, result in less aggressive driving and the ability to slow or stop a vehicle over shorter distances to avoid a collision."

Read the rest here.

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 environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars today."

Read the rest here.
 

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.

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"But here's the thing about the "studies on possible economic impacts" requested by retailers on Polk Street, or really wherever bike-lane plans emerge—they've been done. And done. And done again. And they all reach a similar conclusion: replacing on-street parking with a bike lane has little to no impact on local business, and in some cases might even increase business. While cyclists tend to spend less per shopping trip than drivers, they also tend to make more trips, pumping more total money into the local economy over time."

Read the rest here.

In a related article - there's a great piece in Treehugger about the inappropriate way bikes are held to the standards of cars. You should read it here.

Favorite quote:

"In the meantime, the vast majority of provincial resources around lawmaking, education and enforcement should be directed towards motorists, whom a recent report found were “at fault” in 93 per cent of collisions with bikes in Metro Vancouver.

Expecting both drivers and cyclists to play by the same set of rules is like equating shotguns with water pistols. Let’s not lose sight of the real weapons on our streets."

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 through the University of Michigan’s swim program, including 2012 Olympic champion Tyler Clary and fellow gold medalist Tom Dolan."

Read the rest here.
 

Tennessee travel writers fall under Ann Arborís spell

In case you were wonderin’ what out-of-towners think about Ann Arbor, feast your eyes on the enthusiastic words of praise a pair of feature travel writers have to say about our community.

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But, residents say many other reasons keep them in Ann Arbor. Students graduate and never leave. Young families like the vibe and point to job opportunities, recreational green spaces, thriving farmer's markets, and community activities. Retirees call it a comfortable, walkable city and note the strong medical institutions. Ann Arbor has more than 100 arts and entertainment venues.

And, as the 5.6 million travelers who visited last year can attest, this city is really fun.

Read the rest of the gushing here.

Ann Arbor's record setting $100M office sale

If you want an indicator of how much office space is in demand in Ann Arbor, consider Oxford's $100M office acquisition.

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"It's hard for me to put into context," said Andrew Selinger, market analyst for Oxford, "but it's probably one of the defining deals of Ann Arbor real estate history."

Read the rest here.

Regional airport shuttles could start in Spring 2016

It's a start. Yeah, Ann Arbor already has an airport shuttle bus (such as it is), but the expansion of such a system around the region is the first step in developing regional transportation. Or so The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan hopes. Note: A shuttle proposal between Ann Arbor and downtown Detroit is also in the works.

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In addition, the request for proposal includes an addendum seeking optional proposals for express bus service from Ann Arbor to Downtown Detroit with a stop in Wayne County. Ford said the airport service is the priority, but the RTA also wants to use the request to gather information about a possible future connection between Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Read the rest here.
 

Purple Rose Theatre ad features Jeff Daniels & Timothy Busfield

Having friends in high places helps when you're an arts organization. The Purple Rose Theatre Company is celebrating its 25th season and founder Jeff Daniels appears along with Timothy Busfield in an ad promoting the theatre company's long-standing commitment to drama.

Check it out!

 

Every outdoor movie screening in Ann Arbor & Metro Detroit

One of the great conundrums of summer is whether to enjoy the warm weather or indulge in a night at the movies. Outdoor movie screenings give you the best of both worlds and Thrillist has put together a calendar of what's playing where in Ann Arbor and metro Detroit.

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"Remember when you used to look up movie times in the paper? Or actually called Moviefone? Or searched in a bunch of different places to find out what outdoor summer movies where playing? Yeah, all of that sucked, but we’ve finally solved the last one by rounding up every single outdoor moving showing in the D, from now until August, and put ‘em in one handy calendar..."

Check it out here!

Ann Arbor Commuter Challenge winners announced

Okay, so it's not the Tonys. Or the Emmys. Or the Oscars. But in terms of lowering humanity's carbon footprint, getDowntown and The Ride's Commuter Challenge is a heckuva lot more important.

250 local area organizations and businesses encouraged their employees to walk, bike, bus or carpool to work in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. In a more perfect world, events like these would warrant red carpets and press calls. So who won? Click the link below!

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The following organizations got the highest participation in their size category (and the highest avg commutes if a tie) and therefore are our winners:
Winners of the 2015 Commuter Challenge

Extra Small: Ghostly International (100% participation, 48 avg trips/employee)
Small: Bivouac (100% participation, 22.4 avg trips/employee)
Medium: SmithGroupJJR (68.3% participation)
Large: Arbor Research Collaborative for Health (77.7% participation)
Extra Large: Zingerman's Community of Businesses (12.9% participation)
All winners will win worksite parties! 

Read the rest here.
Check the stats here.
 

The economic cost of NIMBYism

Housing, affordable and otherwise, is a problem in the nation's most vibrant cities, stifling both economic growth and diversification. Part of that reason is protectionist policies of NIMBY's, who aren't keen to share their neighborhood communities (but very happy to benefit from the sky-high property values that accompany growth).

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Protectionist housing policies are bad for people who’d like to work in Silicon Valley, of course. But NIMBYism is also bad for the nation as a whole. Even though labor productivity has grown the most over the last few decades in three specific U.S. cities—New York, San Francisco, and San Jose—that local growth hasn’t translated to greater national growth at all, thanks to a lack of housing.

Read the rest here.

A guide to hosting your wedding in Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit

The sun is out, birds are singing and couples are looking to tie the knot in the best and most memorable way possible. Eater offers a guide for brides and grooms to be.

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Duck and cover because summer means wedding season. Time to pull out your cocktail dress and prepare to overindulge and celebrate happy unions. While many couples will opt for the traditional reception halls around town, Southeast Michigan's restaurants provide some great options for hosting celebrations. So pour yourself a glass of bubbly and tighten your tie. Here are 20 awesome restaurant locations that transform for the big day. 

Read the rest here.
 

Unfinished Orson Welles memoir found in U-M archives

File this under pretty dang cool. Archivists at U-M have stumbled across an unfinished memoir by one of Hollywood's greatest directors, Orson Welles.

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"According to reports in the LA Times and The GuardianConfessions of a One-Man Band details his views on his friend, Ernest Hemingway, wife Rita Hayworth and filmmaker DW Griffith. The autobiography was started in 1970s, according to archivists at UM who announced Thursday they found eight boxes of materials, including handwritten notes and edits, sent by the Citizen Kane director’s partner of 24 years, Oja Kodar, from her home in Croatia."

Read the rest here.

Ann Arbor is tops as "Small American Cities of the Future"

Another week, another list.

Ann Arbor just landed on fDi Intelligence's 2015 list of Small American Cities of the Future, with top scores in human capital and lifestyle. The city was ranked the #10 Small City of the Future overall.

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The top 10 of fDi’s third biennial ranking of American cities is a wholly North American affair, with all entrants located in Canada or the US. Rebounding somewhat following a turbulent economic period, FDI projects into North America increased 4.55% between 2012 and 2014.

Read the rest here. PDFs of the rankings are at the bottom of the page.

Ann Arbor FarmLogs now used by 20% of farms in U.S.

Agricultural technology businesses are thriving and Ann Arbor-based FarmLogs is reaping big rewards with its crop monitoring technology.

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"Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, FarmLogs launched about three years ago and participated in the Y Combinator startup accelerator program. FarmLogs raised $10 million in Series B about six months ago, bringing its total institutional funding to $15 million thus far. FarmLogs is used by farmers in all 50 states and internationally in over 130 countries across six continents. FarmLogs currently has 30 employees and the farm management software company plans to double its staff count this year."

Read the rest here.
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