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AAPS Announces In-Person Learning Option For Some by March 24

AAPS Announces In-Person Learning Option For Some by March 24

Lucy Tobier, Eliot Klus, and Charles Solomon 5 days ago

In a shift from Feb. 17’s meeting, on Feb. 24, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education voted to confirm Superintendent Jeanice Swift’s dates for an optional return to in-person learning...

AAPS Board to Vote on Recommendation to Keep Most Students Virtual

AAPS Board to Vote on Recommendation to Keep Most Students Virtual

Lucy Tobier, Eliot Klus, and Charles Solomon 6 days ago

On Feb. 24, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education will vote on a recommendation from the district’s superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, for the majority of students to remain virtual...

Defunding the Police in Detroit Public Schools

Defunding the Police in Detroit Public Schools

Aidan Hsia February 21, 2021

Since the death of George Floyd in May of 2020, protests have erupted across the world, fighting for change in government and policy. Schools are no exception. In Detroit, there has been a movement to...

Shannon Brydges tapes sheets of paper on the window showcasing the opening date of her store, Malofta Vintage. Her opening day is Nov. 7 and she intends to keep in casual.

Catching Up With Kerrytown

Mia Goldstein February 17, 2021

  Malofta Vintage The COVID-19 pandemic has opened an unexpected door for Shannon Brydges, the owner of Malofta Vintage. Brydges never intended to open up a physical space for her store....

Jen Eyer: A Voice for Her Constituents

Jen Eyer: A Voice for Her Constituents

Delia Binetti February 11, 2021

Jen Eyer was recently elected to serve as one of Ann Arbor's city council representatives. Eyer is a mother of two and has been a Michigander for her whole life. Senior year is where Eyer's interest in...

Local Group Rallies for a Return to in-person learning

Local Group Rallies for a Return to in-person learning

Lucy Tobier and Mira Schwarz February 2, 2021

On Jan. 30, parents and students gathered outside the downtown post office to call on AAPS Superintendent Jeanice Swift to reopen schools by the March 1 deadline suggested by Governor Whitmer. The...

Neutral Zone Navigates Students' Concerns

Neutral Zone Navigates Students’ Concerns

Lucy Tobier December 7, 2020

Lucy Tobier  is a member of the Washtenaw Youth Commission, where Lori Roddy, NZ Executive Director, is one of the adult facilitators.   This is a complicated story. In June 2020, a public statement...

Photo courtesy of Jon Thomas-Palmer. The view of the red sunset from Veteran's Memorial Park.

Smoke from California fires alters Ann Arbor sunsets

Geneve Thomas-Palmer September 20, 2020

On the evening of Sept. 16 at around 7:30 p.m., Ann Arborites traveled past the grassy fields and dusty baseball diamond at Veteran’s Memorial Park. All of them enjoyed different pastimes — joggers,...

Listening to the scientists

Listening to the scientists

Sophie Kriz May 12, 2020

While politicians talk and companies plug their ears, the people are left to wonder if there is anything that can be done about the environment. Scientists’ say: “there is.” At the University...

Ann Arbor’s downtown area has seen 27 high-rise developments built in recent years. The need for more affordable housing hasn’t received as much attention as the more expensive high-rises that are being built. “Denser population is the way we are going in the future. Less transportation is necessary,” Coetzee said.

Rising rates

Josh Boland May 12, 2020

Ann Arbor’s busy downtown streets have seen several construction projects creating expensive high-rise housing options. This new and gentrified downtown skyline towers over many of the smaller, original...

Look up.  There is sky above you.

Without development, economic growth can “tear a city apart”

Noah Bernstein April 21, 2020
Just this past summer, Google poured an additional $17 million into their Ann Arbor and Detroit offices. Business investments like these are becoming more common in southeast Michigan. With them come growing pains, but also a stronger sense of community.
Dr. Grace Jenq gives an optimistic thumbs up to the camera wearing her PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Soon after this picture was taken, she would become head of Phase 5 Post Acute Care at the Michigan Medicine field hospital.

Michigan Medicine Field Hospital

Mia Goldstein April 15, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases being treated at Michigan Medicine began to rise rapidly, a solution for where to place all patients who had graduated from the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) came into concern....

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