Ford announced it will be rolling out 200 Spin Scooters in Ann Arbor this summer, claiming that the city is a good market because of the designated bicycle lanes. Those lanes have been slow to materialize and are widely disrespected by motorists, often to the peril of cyclists. Scooters are not new to Ann Arbor: dozens of Bird Scooters were confiscated in September, 2018 because of parking violations. Now, pedestrians must brace themselves for a new flock of electric scooters. Although it is illegal to ride either scooters or bicycles on sidewalks in Ann Arbor, the law is not enforced and pedestrians regularly have to contend with both, particularly near campus. A college student navigating traffic on foot with a coffee in one hand and a smartphone in the other can be amusing. On wheels, less so. Drivers and pedestrians beware.
Casablanca, on Washtenaw, close to Downtown Ypsilanti, has a comfortable, down-to-earth atmosphere, hiding it’s 35-year-ago provenance as a Taco Bell. The manager/owner, Mohammad Mohammad, is hands-on, ensuring satisfaction for each customer, assuring that each dish placed on the table is properly presented. The abundant natural light from ample windows gives the dining area a warm,
In Ancient Greece, the agora was a central public space, meaning “gathering place” or “assembly.” The agora served as a political, commercial and social hub and was also where Socrates found himself in trouble because of his philosophical inquisitions. In The Public Square, an exhibit on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art
Jeff Robinson can hear the music of the brew. After working as an audio engineer for nearly 30 years, the owner of South Lyon’s Third Monk Brewing doesn’t see that career as dissimilar: “…malt is the bass,” he says, “and hops are the treble, and the yeast is the mastering. I can take components of
We human beings are a storytelling species. Our social institutions— religious, legal and cultural— are based on narratives that may be fanciful or fact-based or influenced by precedent. But they are also ever-evolving. Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, Courtney McClellan, this year’s Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan