For years crowdsourcing has shaken up longstanding corporate operations in both manufacturing and service industries—Uber and Lyft are still in operating agreement negotiations with the City Council which are again up for approval on October 20. Ann Arbor officials are now putting the power of the undefined public to good use. Since debuting A2 Fix It, an app which allows citizens to report broken street lights, potholes (where to begin?), and other civil infrastructure issues from their smartphones, Ann Arbor officials have had their hands full addressing hundreds of reports. The app allows users to locate the problem on an interactive map, identify the issue using a dropdown menu of preset categories, and request a course of action. Uploading a photo also helps officials pinpoint and resolve the problem.
Platonic soulmates and a pitch-perfect cast By Emily Slomovits When people think of the word “relationship,” they usually think of a romantic one. And indeed, in much of pop culture and entertainment, romantic relationships are given the primary focus and are considered the ones to strive for. But in Welcome to Paradise, The Purple Rose
After lying vacant for years, the site of a former DTE Energy plant at 841 Broadway St. has a new development plan, approved 10-1 by Ann Arbor City Council on July 1. The conceptual plan, designed by Detroit-based Roxbury Group, includes condos, a restaurant, a hotel, commercial space, a canoe/kayak launch, an event pavilion, a
Kristen Roupenian’s You Know You Want This is a collection of short stories that revels in the mystifying aspects of interpersonal relationships without ever feeling the need to justify them.