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Could Ann Arbor embrace open mixed-use planning?

Slate's Matthew Yglesias trumpets Ann Arbor's new "mixed-use" party, a group that advocates a more democratized version of urban planning that defies the politically-influenced micro-managing of urban design ordinances.
"Of course I'm a radical who's no fan of maximum height rules anywhere, but these kind of codes are a big improvement on the idea that town planners need to micromanage where people can and can't put an office or a store. Regulatory separation of uses is fine to the extent that you don't want people operating potentially dangerous factories (see West, Texas) next to people's houses. But beyond broad safety and pollution concerns, towns should let people vote with their feet and their wallets and see what kind of neighborhoods emerge."
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U-M researchers create online map for local climate change impacts

Wonder what the local impact of climate is? The University of Michigan along with an independent research group have created an interactive map http://bit.ly/1a5f46s that will help local officials and leaders chart the impacts of climate change.
"The map provides social, economic and demographic statistics on 225 counties in the eight-state region. It includes data about municipal spending, land use and climate-change characteristics such as temperature patterns."
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How colleges use signature events to stand out

What would U-M be without its rivalry with Ohio State? Is there a more boisterous, deep-rooted, and irrational sense of competition in college sports. Writer Gwendolyn Freed makes the case that oddball events can act as a kind of placemaking for universities and colleges, sending a message that levity and creative expression are welcome.
"Bonding through signature events takes many forms, as I once observed from the nosebleed seats at an Ohio State-Michigan football game. The Buckeyes-Wolverines rivalry, which began in 1897, rouses more than 100,000 spectators to scream and party for days. A juggernaut among signature events, the big game coordinates expensive, high-stakes efforts in logistics, security, marketing, media relations, and halftime entertainment—not to mention the football. For an entire weekend, it overtakes the city of Ann Arbor."
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Michigan Stadium bridge to get artsy

The latest project approved by the Ann Arbor Public ARt Commmission will bring LED trees on carved stone slabs to a very public and very visible piece of infrastructure.
"On the State Street underpass, Widgery plans to construct large stone panels with etchings of photographs she took of trees around Ann Arbor. The panels will be lit by LED lights.
Widgery has created public art for cities across the country. She says while some critics see public art as a poor use of funds, public art helps revive cities and bring people in."
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Ann Arbor runner up for Best American Town 2013

Outside Magazine is showing The Deuce a whole lotta love this month. In their list of great American towns Ann Arbor comes in 18th. Not too shabby given we're up against the likes of Park City, Utah and Boston, Mass.
"The best thing about A-squared, as locals call it, is that you never have to leave—there are great ethnic restaurants, a world-class university, bike lanes galore, and superb trails, like the 35-mile Border2Border."
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Ann Arbor wants your input on dog parks

Have a dog? Hate them? What do you think of the city's dog parks? Should there be more? Less? And what about cats? Well, the city doesn't seem to interested in our feline compatriots at this juncture but they are interested in your thoughts and opinions about the state of play for man's best friend.
Give your feedback here.

DIYpsi brings indie art and craft beer to Heritage Festival

Missed the Shadow Art Fair? Well, the spirit of that event is alive (albeit with a different mix of folks) at Ypsilanti's Heritaghe Festival courtesy the fine folks at DIYpsi.
"This is the first year DIYpsi has partnered with the Heritage Festival. “Festival organizers had come to us with the idea of us bringing the DIYpsi show inside the festival,” Green said. “Everyone agreed it would be a great collaboration for the community. DIYpsi had ideas about putting on a summer show, but without a venue or the know-how of how to offer beer and music outside, and the Heritage Fest already had all of that and just needed the artists.”
Drinkable offerings in the beer tent will range from standard American brews from large beer companies to Michigan wine and beer, including offerings from Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing."
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Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor, a waterside tour

Outside Magazine has a photo essay called "Waterside Drive," which takes readers on a driving/coastal tour of Michigan. The final destination? Jerusalem Garden in Ann Arbor.
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The Big House to host largest college hackathon event in country

If you want more evidence that it's the geeks that will inherit the earth you have to look no further than the Michigan Stadium on the weekend of September 20.
"...when organizers sought a location for the September 20-22 event, they realized one of the only locations on campus big enough to hold the anticipated 1,000 hackers was the nation’s largest football venue — Michigan Stadium."
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Ann Arbor ranks #11 for VC activity

Start-hubs are all the rage and Ann Arbor has been listed as a capital-dense start-up community, right behind Seattle!
"Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley capture a lot of attention, but cities including Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada and Omaha, Nebraska each boast booming entrepreneurial communities of their own. Heck, even Canada is in the running for next start-up frontier."
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River Network names A2's Laura Rubin a River hero

The River Network, a national coalition more than 2,000 organizations, named Laura Rubin, executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, this year's River Hero for her 15 years of leadership at the HRWC.
"The award recognizes Rubin’s inspirational and innovative leadership in growing HRWC into an organization known for its outstanding citizen scientist programs like Adopt-A-Stream and the Bioreserve Project, its stormwater and pollution management services for regulated communities, and programs that address place-making, natural areas protection, climate resiliency and water efficiency."
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Ann Arbor is #2 most liveable college town

I guess if you're going to get praised for your liveability it's good that that praise comes from a web mag called livability.com, eh?
"“The same factors that make locations attractive to students also make them attractive to businesses,” says Steven Cunningham, director of research and education at AIER. “A growing, highly-educated population with an extensive proportion of creative people and entrepreneurs means a high-quality labor pool. City accessibility supports morning commutes. Low cost of living means less upward pressure on wages. A high student concentration suggests enthusiastic part-time labor and internships. Favorable economic measures suggest a stable business environment and local demand for goods and services produced. All of these factors are important to quality of life in the broadest sense, which is important to employees and retirees.”"
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Ford Motor Co.'s tech hiring spree puts it back in the driver's seat

The Ann Arbor area's tech graduates might get a jump start at not only local start-ups, but at the new and retooled Ford Motor Co.


"Ford Motor is dramatically stepping up its hiring of engineers, software workers and other salaried employees to meet the increased demand for a new high-tech era in the auto industry. Ford said it will increase white-collar hiring by 36%, or 800 jobs, to a total of 3,000....

At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, traditionally one of the nation's top sources of automotive talent, students are grasping that automotive is undergoing a revolution, says David Munson, dean of the engineering school. With driverless cars, advanced infotainment and other high tech on the way, "there has never been a more exciting time in the auto industry." Demand is strong, he says, for all but civil engineers."

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U.S. News & World Report ranks U-M Hospitals tops in nation

The nation's best cure-alls for most every affliction can be found right in the Ann Arbor vicinity.


"The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers offer the best care in Michigan and are among the nation’s best in 12 specialty areas, according to a new ranking from  U.S. News & World Report.

This is the second year in a row that U-M has topped the  statewide ranking, and the third that it has also topped the  Metro Detroit ranking."

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U-M to expand bike rental program

U-M's bike rental program has been getting good mileage over the last year, so it's adding more to keep with up the demand.


"A bike-rental program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is expanding following its launch last year and riders are awaiting the start of a bike-sharing program for the city and the school's campus....

"We were getting calls for our first rentals before we even had the bikes assembled," said John Swerdlow, assistant director of recreational sports for the University of Michigan. "All semester bikes flew out the door and we had to make a waiting list."

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