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.
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
Propelling their new season into uncharted waters For many couples, the mere prospect of parenthood is daunting enough without the weight of the world bearing down on our backs. Yet as we take our first tentative steps into 2020, Australia is in flames, the U.K. is split down the middle by Brexit, and the sound
Thirty Years and Counting Jordan Stanton’s Impulse Ann Arbor documentary chronicles the techno music scene via MEMCO (Michigan Electronic Music Collective)— a university-affiliated group of student DJs, promoters, fans, and dancers. This DIY collective has roots that can be traced to 1980s Detroit. It’s a wonder to see how this music has evolved and thrived
Intimate and epic Americana to the Ark The three brothers of Brother Elsey are looking forward to the intimacy within The Ark. Brady, Beau, and Jack Stablein have been recording and performing a rousing blend of Americana and neo-country ballads for several years now, layering songs with evocative sheens of reverb, swelling harmonies, and road