Ann Arbor's city council is considering ordinance amendments that would impact the Downtown Development Authority's ability to collect tax increment financing revenue. With that in mind, DDA officials discussed the agency's budget at a council work session Monday night. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson thinks it's time for a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Talks are underway which could lead to a new dispensary on the east side of South Huron street, just north of I-94. Richardson says the city doesn't need another dispensary.
Richardson says Ypsilanti Township limits medical marijuana dispensaries, and the city should, too. She has not made an official proposal to limit the number of dispensaries in the city, but she appears to have support from at least two of her colleagues on city council.
WEMU listener favorite Harry Connick, Jr. was staff favorite from March 11th through the 17th.
Each week we track how many times we play a new CD. Between March 11th and the 17th, pianist and singer Harry Connick, Jr. claimed the top spot of our Sweet 16. We first premiered the disc on Mardi Gras 2013 (February 12th). The disc’s presence at the top of the list a month later is a testament to the authenticity of Harry Connick, Jr’s joyful New Orleans funk grooves.
Part of Ann Arbor's Main Street won't be quite as bright as normal for an hour tomorrow night. The city is celebrating the sixth annual Earth Hour by turning off street lights from 8:30 to 9:30 on Saturday (3/23) night. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
WEMU has teamed up with the Humane Society of Huron Valley to add another fundraising option during WEMU’s spring fundraising campaign. Donors who select the special CD premium, NPR’s Driveway Moments: Cat Tales or Dog Tales CD will have $5.00 of their contribution go to the Humane Society. There are other options to add funds for the Humane Society as well.
“WEMU and the Humane Society already have several common friends. Pets, and especially rescue pets, are hugely important to our staff and to our audience. When I saw these CDs I saw a great opportunity for us to work with one of our outstanding community organizations for our mutual benefit. We’re looking forward to a friendly competition among our donors to see which CD generates more support. If it’s Cat Tales, our donation will go to cat adoption care. If it’s Dog Tales, it’ll go to dog adoption care. But, as we see it, everyone wins.” - Molly Motherwell, WEMU General Manager
Current WEMU donors have the opportunity to give through the recently-sent mail campaign. WEMU’s on-air pledge drive runs April 4-11 and listeners may give online anytime at wemu.org. WEMU will use its web page and Facebook page to promote the partnership and to post pictures of on-air hosts and their pets.
“Music and pets make life so much more enjoyable! We are very excited to be included in the WEMU Spring Fundraising Campaign. If our collaboration helps in any way to keep listener-supported radio alive and well in our community, we are glad to be a part of that.” - Deb Kern, Humane Society of Huron Valley Marketing Director
We welcome Asuka Kakitani to the realm of expressive composers and arrangers with Bloom. Chronologically, March 21st is the second day of spring for 2013, but the weather proved otherwise. So, we dreamed of spring and listened to new music evoking rebirth and the beauty of nature by Asuka Kakitani and her Jazz Orchestra this morning on 89.1 Jazz.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office hopes someone who witnessed a deadly crash in Ypsilanti Township Wednesday will come forward to help investigators piece together what happened.
The crash happened around 6:10 Wednesday evening on Hewitt near Valley when one vehicle crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle head-on. The driver of the car that crossed the line was killed.
The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue.
Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area.
Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.
Before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect later this month, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved new long-term contracts with nearly all of the unions representing county workers. Similar policy for non-union employees has been set as well. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
A group of about 35 people, most of them students, got together last night in the Ypsilanti High School media center to talk about mascot and school colors suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools.
The generational divide between the students and the adults was obvious, as most of the adults favored a mascot with historical significance, such as Bombers or Liberators, and the kids preferred something new, like Royals or Grizzlies.
Ypsilanti residents can plan for nice vegetable gardens on their property this summer, now that city council has approved an ordinance text amendment to allow for urban gardens in residential yards and vacant lots.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti says gardens can be grown in front, side and back yards, but must be set back three feet from the sidewalk and cannot obstruct the view for motorists.
Gillotti says area churches have been among those anxious to put vacant city lots to good use by planting gardens.
Ypsilanti's city council has put off a decision on a purchase agreement that would have a Family Dollar store built on the northeast corner of the Water Street redevelopment area. The delay is due, in part, to the city's master plan update. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Plug-In Ready Michigan is a statewide plan that provides the necessary information and tools to planners, local officials, consumers, and private enterprises to prepare for an increase in plug-in electric vehicle use.
This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines infrastructure needs to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and hybrids. Our guest is the project manager for "Plug-in Ready Michigan", Mark Rabinsky.