The people of Ypsilanti got a boost on September 11th when City Council passed a new ordinance, by a margin of 5-2, giving citizens more say on community benefits to be required from proposed real estate developers seeking financial incentives from the City. Benefits can include green space, retail, low-income housing, and opening up construction bid packages so that local businesses can compete. Developers will be required to hold public meetings to discuss possible community benefits, and submit proposals to City Council, which can accept, modify, or reject the proposed benefits. City Council can also exempt a developer from having to provide any community benefits. The ordinance is modeled after a similar ordinance passed in Detroit in 2016.
Cynical, absurd, and fiercely entertaining “The Favorite” is one of the best films of 2018. Dark, twisted, nihilistic, and hilarious, “The Favourite” follows Queen Anne, Lady Sarah Churchill, and a new arrival in court, Abigail Masham, through court intrigue so perilous that it makes “Dangerous Liaisons” seem Disneyesque. “The Favourite” takes place in England during
Mother and son make high art of “the tiny majority” We live in an age of attention deficit disorder, surrounded and distracted by devices, games, apps, and ads competing for our eyeballs and mouse clicks. But if we pay attention, a pair of artists, Karen Ann Klein and her son Barrett Klein, show us the
A search for the original Origin stories, for superheroes, famous people and more, have always been popular in the movie and TV business, but book characters rarely get the same treatment. Local actor, director and playwright Michael Herman’s new play, “Mad as a Hatter”, produced by the Roustabout Theatre Troupe from April 4th-20th at the
Water can be purifying, it can clean and soothe and nourish. It can also be something so formidable as to wear its way through soil and rock. Fittingly, then, Chris DuPont has titled his forthcoming album Floodplains, evoking a subtle but potent force of nature where a river mimics the unpredictable bends of life, depositing