Ann Arbor http://wemu.org en Townie Street Party Set To Kick Off Ann Arbor Art Fairs Week http://wemu.org/post/townie-street-party-set-kick-ann-arbor-art-fairs-week <div>About a thousand artists and a half million visitors are expected in Ann Arbor for the city's four art fairs. &nbsp;Before art takes over the city the 10th annual <strong><a href="http://www.towniestreetparty.com/main/main.jsp?id=64" target="_blank">Townie Street Party</a></strong> is Monday night. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:34:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48660 at http://wemu.org Townie Street Party Set To Kick Off Ann Arbor Art Fairs Week Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayor-believes-big-projects-during-his-tenure-making-positive-impact <div>Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so. &nbsp;The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years. &nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy. &nbsp;That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown. &nbsp;He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:56:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48606 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday http://wemu.org/post/rolling-sculpture-car-show-friday <p>The 20th annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show comes to downtown Ann Arbor Friday.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>More than 300 vehicles will be shown, including some historic electric vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>DJ Surfer Joe will be spinning hot rod tunes and the Ann Arbor District Library will have activities for families on Liberty between Fourth and Fifth.&nbsp;</p><p>The Rolling Sculpture Car Show takes place Friday from two to 10 p.m. along Main, Liberty and Washington Streets.</p><p>Find more information on the event online:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:18:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 48618 at http://wemu.org Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday Strong Ann Arbor Real Estate Market May Get Influx Of Homes On North Side Of City http://wemu.org/post/strong-ann-arbor-real-estate-market-may-get-influx-homes-north-side-city <div>Proposals to build homes on Ann Arbor's north side are another indication that the area's real estate market is heating up. &nbsp;Toll Brothers is holding a community meeting Thursday night on plans to build 500 residences at Dhu Varren and Nixon. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:41:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48520 at http://wemu.org Strong Ann Arbor Real Estate Market May Get Influx Of Homes On North Side Of City Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-member-proposing-charter-amendment-return-eligibility-guidelines <div>A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary. &nbsp;It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements. &nbsp;To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:45:11 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48477 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-helps-fund-washtenaw-county-animal-control-services <div><h1 style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;line-height:33.75pt">The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County.&nbsp;</h1></div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:53:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48416 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-celebrates-blake-transit-center-grand-opening <div>The <strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority</a></strong> held the official grand opening of the new <strong><a href="http://www.blaketransitcenter.com/" target="_blank">Blake Transit Center</a></strong> in downtown Ann Arbor today. &nbsp;It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:50:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48415 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening University of Michigan Solar Car Team Prepares To Defend National Title http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-solar-car-team-prepares-defend-national-title <div>The <strong><a href="http://solarcar.engin.umich.edu/">University of Michigan's solar car</a></strong> team is making final plans as they look to defend their five consecutive national titles. &nbsp;The competition starts Saturday with a week of qualifying before the Austin to Minneapolis race gets under way. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:40:37 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48281 at http://wemu.org University of Michigan Solar Car Team Prepares To Defend National Title Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-hires-firm-help-market-library-lot <p>The city of Ann Arbor is getting some help in selling the Library Lot property above the Library Lane underground parking garage.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>City Administrator Steve Powers says CBRE is a real estate firm with experience in this sort of transaction.<br /><br />"CBRE will be helping develop with city staff the engagement plan, that engagement with stakeholders, that will be a key part of the process," says Powers.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:24 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48258 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' http://wemu.org/post/irwin-blasts-road-funding-earmarks <p>A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The state chose projects that'll receive $115 million in funding based on request from lawmakers, and Democrats complain that most of the work is being done in districts represented by majority Republicans.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 48262 at http://wemu.org Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' Capitol Steps: 'Politics Takes A Holiday!' (7p - 8p) http://wemu.org/post/capitol-steps-politics-takes-holiday-7p-8p <p><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">This Independence Day, enjoy the Capitol Steps one-hour long special, “Politics Takes a Holiday!”&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes!&nbsp; There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let it Go” whe Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:57:19 +0000 Patrik Holubik 48265 at http://wemu.org Nicola's Books Changing Hands http://wemu.org/post/nicolas-books-changing-hands <p>Ownership of one of Ann Arbor's biggest independent book store is changing hands.</p><p>Nicola's Books has been acquired by Schuler Books, an independent bookstore chain based in Michigan.</p><p>Schuler Books spokesperson Emily Stavrou-Schaefer s</p><p></p><p></p><p>ays Nicola's Books' staff and programming will remain largely unchanged and its current owner, Nicola Rooney, will stay on during the transition to ensure everything goes smoothly.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:51:46 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48174 at http://wemu.org Nicola's Books Changing Hands Art Exhibit Shines Light On Human Trafficking http://wemu.org/post/art-exhibit-shines-light-human-trafficking <p>The issue of human trafficking has come to an art gallery in downtown Ann Arbor.&nbsp;</p><p>Artists Susan Clinthorne and Sally Theilen created the exhibit called "Broken".</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:48:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 48204 at http://wemu.org Art Exhibit Shines Light On Human Trafficking Ann Arbor Public Schools Set Tuition For Non-Resident Students http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-set-tuition-non-resident-students <div>In lieu of state funds, Ann Arbor Public Schools will charge almost $15,000 tuition for some non-residents. The school board approved the maximum tuition the state allows for students that missed schools of choice enrollment or aren't eligible. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:45:33 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48163 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Set Tuition For Non-Resident Students Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-officials-looking-options-register-rideshare-service-drivers <div>Shortly after rideshare services Uber and Lyft came to Ann Arbor the city sent the companies cease and desist letters. &nbsp;Now a proposal to amend the city's taxi cab ordinance is being considered to but some teeth behind the letters. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:33:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48003 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers 2014-15 Ann Arbor Public Schools Budget Includes Salary Freeze http://wemu.org/post/2014-15-ann-arbor-public-schools-budget-includes-salary-freeze <div>Additional students, a freeze on employee pay, and outsourcing custodial work are keys to Ann Arbor Public Schools having a balanced budget for next year. &nbsp;The school board approved the $197 million general fund plan early Thursday morning. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:29:38 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47935 at http://wemu.org 2014-15 Ann Arbor Public Schools Budget Includes Salary Freeze Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-and-ypsilanti-mayoral-candidates-share-plans-together-forum <div>Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds believes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities will succeed or fail together. &nbsp;She made these remarks Thursday at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's unique mayoral forum that brought together candidates for the job in both cities. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:25:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47970 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum Opponents Of Putting Train Station In Ann Arbor Park Develop Concept For New Station At Current Site http://wemu.org/post/opponents-putting-train-station-ann-arbor-park-develop-concept-new-station-current-site <div>A group opposed to Ann Arbor using parkland for a new train station has developed a concept to keep the Amtrak facility on Depot Street. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:23:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47969 at http://wemu.org Opponents Of Putting Train Station In Ann Arbor Park Develop Concept For New Station At Current Site Ann Arbor School Board Gives Superintendent Swift Excellent Evaluation http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-gives-superintendent-swift-excellent-evaluation <div>From the Listen and Learn tour, to a budget strategy that focused on increasing enrollment new superintendent Jeanice Swift is getting high marks from the Ann Arbor School Board. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:22:38 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47948 at http://wemu.org Federal Grants To Fight Homelessness In Washtenaw County Show Policy Shift http://wemu.org/post/federal-grants-fight-homelessness-washtenaw-county-show-policy-shift <div>Ann Arbor's shift from public housing to a voucher based program is being helped by changes in federal policies. &nbsp;Washtenaw County is receiving about $2.6 million in US Housing and Urban Development Grants.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:22:37 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47879 at http://wemu.org Federal Grants To Fight Homelessness In Washtenaw County Show Policy Shift Concerns Remain Over Plans To Outsource Ann Arbor Schools Custodial Work http://wemu.org/post/concerns-remain-over-plans-outsource-ann-arbor-schools-custodial-work <div>A group of parents, union members, and others in the community continue to object to Ann Arbor Public Schools plan to outsource custodial work. &nbsp;Earlier this month the school board accepted a bid from GCA&nbsp;Services that will reduce custodial costs by $2 million annually. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:42:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47825 at http://wemu.org Concerns Remain Over Plans To Outsource Ann Arbor Schools Custodial Work Literati Bookstore Hosting Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate http://wemu.org/post/literati-bookstore-hosting-ann-arbor-mayoral-debate <div>How will Ann Arbor's next mayor take on the challenges around the city's always changing downtown? &nbsp;That will be among the primary topics discussed Wednesday night at a mayoral debate hosted by <strong><a href="http://literatibookstore.com/" target="_blank">Literati Bookstore</a></strong>. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:26:17 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47824 at http://wemu.org Literati Bookstore Hosting Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate Ann Arbor Teachers Considering Salary Freeze Agreement http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-teachers-considering-salary-freeze-agreement <div>Ann Arbor teachers are voting on an agreement that will freeze wages for next school year. &nbsp;The deal was reached after the district announced they would cancel the entire teachers contract &nbsp;if necessary to hold salaries flat. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:09:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47822 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Teachers Considering Salary Freeze Agreement Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Schools Considering Annexation http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-and-whitmore-lake-schools-considering-annexation <div><strong><a href="https://sites.google.com/a/wlps.net/wlps/" target="_blank">Whitmore Lake Public Schools </a></strong>has a small fund balance and only plans to open two buildings in the fall, which could make the district ripe for &nbsp;state take-over. &nbsp;A possible alternative now being studied is annexation by <strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong>. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:00:57 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47821 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Schools Considering Annexation AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon http://wemu.org/post/aaata-rolling-out-transit-improvements-soon <p>Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th.&nbsp;</p><p>It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.</p><p>Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47766 at http://wemu.org AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon