89.1 WEMU

On the Ground Ypsi

  • Hosted by Patrick Campion, Brianna Kelly

89.1 WEMU has forged a partnership with Concentrate Ann Arbor to highlight some of the positive things taking place in Ypsilanti. The sponsored-project from SecondWave Media is called, "On the Ground Ypsi." WEMU Program Director Patrick Campion will visit with project reporter Brianna Kelly to discuss her observations and interactions while, "On the Ground" in Ypsilanti. 

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Each week, 89.1 WEMU partners with an embedded reporting program called "On the Ground-Ypsi" highlighting some of the positive things happening in the community.  This week, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Concentrate Media reporter Brianna Kelly about a book written by a sixth grade class at Ypsilanti's Estabrook School.  They are joined by Estabrook teacher Jennifer Gray and Megan Gilson of 826michigan, which oversaw the project.  The book features local superheroes and is called "In The Clouds Over Ypsilanti."


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The road to recovery from drug abuse is never easy.  Recently, Ypsilanti Township introduced a new program designed to make the road a little easier and a lot prettier.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Chelsea Brodfuehrer and Kristen Shea, who are involved in the new sobriety program appropriately named "A Fresh Start."


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Many children across the country have incarcerated friends or relatives, especially in the juvenile detention system.  Now, an Ypsilanti elementary school has launched a program to keep its students from entering that system themselves.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Erickson Elementary Principal Kelly Mickel and social worker Jody O'Bryan to discuss the school's new "Village Project."


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The Ypsilanti Township corridors of Michigan Avenue and Ecorse Road has been struggling to keep local businesses up and running.  Now, the township has pledged to revitalize the areas.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Clyde and Brandan Montgomery, co-owners of C&B Mortgage Solutions, and Khadija Wallace, who runs Joyful Treats Catering, about the revitalization effort.


Tennis
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After the Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools merged in 2013, there has no women's tennis team for the newly-created district.  Now, the program has been revitalized and looking to compete again.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with YCS varsity girls' tennis head coach Taryn Reid about the revived program.


734 Brewing Company
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Craft beer has become a major industry in Michigan, but it's been mostly run by white males.  A new brewery opening in Ypsilanti's Depot Town seeks to change that.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Alex Merz, Brian Jones-Chance, and Patrick Echlin, co-founders of 734 Brewing Company, which opens for business on June 2.


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Each year, the Ypsilanti area holds "Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day," which encourages residents to promote local businesses and beautify their neighborhoods.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly chat with Barbara Davenport, vice president of foundation and leadership for the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Regional Chamber, and Ypsi Baseball Project founder Conan Malmer about this year's cleanup event, which is now called "Ypsilanti Proud."


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The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Ypsilanti has been a part of our community's history since the 19th century.  It was put up for sale about a decade ago, and its potential recently caught the eye of local entrepreneurs.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Steve Pierce and Yen Azzaro, who plan to make the old church into Ypsilanti's next community center.


Basketball
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Some kids dream of becoming basketball's next superstar, and the East Washtenaw Basketball League may provide a first step.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Steve Petty, Vice President of Healthy Living and Social Responsibility at the Ann Arbor YMCA, about what the league can offer Washtenaw County's youth.


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Ypsilanti's historic Bell Kramer neighborhood is going through rezoning problems, which has made some houses in the area practically worthless.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Erin Snyder and Michael Simmons, two Ypsilanti homeowners who have experienced these issues firsthand.


YMCA
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The Ann Arbor YMCA, Ypsilanti Community Schools, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission, and Eastern Michigan University have all joined forces to create a new child care center called "The Collaborative."  It is expected to open at the former Chappelle Elementary School site this summer.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsilanti," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Toni Kayumi, President and CEO of the Ann Arbor YMCA, about the new facility.


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Ypsilanti's historic Thompson Block is undergoing a major makeover, which will add new restaurants, apartments, and much more.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talks to Ypsilanti real estate agent Tyler Weston about where the redevelopment project currently stands.

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The First Fridays Ypsilanti (FFY) program, which gives tours of Ypsilanti's arts and cultural businesses, kicks off its fifth season this month.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to FFY director Elize Jekabson and FFY vice president Kayia Robinson, about what the program has in store for this year.


Habitat for Humanity
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Habitat for Humanity has building and repairing homes for the less fortunate for decades, and its efforts have been felt here in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Sarah Teare, community development manager for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, about the organization's latest efforts.


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Dave Strenski from Solar Ypsi has used his hobby to help make Ypsilanti a "solar city."  On this week's On The Ground Ypsilanti, Patrick Campion sits down with Dave and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly to talk about his efforts so far, the big grant they're helping Ypsi to secure, and what he hopes for as a brighter future in the city. 


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In this week's #OTGYpsi, Patrick Campion and Brianna Kelly sit down with Decky Alexander from Eastern Michigan University.  The conversation is about how Washtenaw Community College and EMU seek opportunities to "get involved."  You can find Concentrate Media's full article here.  

  

Riverside Arts Center
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The Riverside Arts Center has been a fixture in Ypsilanti, and the people who run it want to make it into something much more.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to the Riverside Arts Center's executive director Emily Tuesday and program manager Trevor Stone about the facility's latest projects.


Ward 1 Productions
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Ypsilanti has so many stories to tell, yet so few storytellers.  A small production company intends to change that by training teens how to document such stories on video.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Ariel Moore and her team from the youth-driven media agency, Ward 1 Productions.


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The Marvel film "Black Panther" has shaken the pop culture landscape to its core.  Among those leading the way in spreading the film's message is Ypsilanti artist Jermaine Dickerson.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly spoke with Dickerson about taking a group of Ypsilanti students to see the film, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign he started.


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A newly formed citizen coalition, Rising for Economic Democracy in Ypsilanti (REDY) is among a collection of citizen groups working to bring Ypsilanti into a new form of representative government.  Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly brought Erica Mooney from REDY to WEMU to talk about how they "work towards an equitable public input process that broadens what is possible. We build relationships of mutual aid, solidarity, and together listen and learn how to build a healthy community. We value housing as a human right, and are grateful to be able to invite all who are ready to be the leaders we are waiting for." These sentiments are part of a rise of support across America for Community Benefit Ordinances - legally binding ordinances that give unelected officials power to make city decisions in certain circumstances.  The city attorney for Ypsilanti will present a draft of a CBO at the 03/06 City Council meeting. According to Mooney, REDY was not meaningfully involved in its creation.

     

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In this week's "On the Ground Ypsilanti," Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly explored the local music scene in Ypsi.  Patrick Campion sat down with her and half of the band Stormy Chromer to talk about the sounds and sense of community that define "local music" in that community.  The interview features music from Stormy Chromer, Honey Monsoon, Louis Picasso, and Lee Osler.  


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WEMU is happy to announce that On the Ground Ypsi will continue through 2018.  We start this week's edition with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly meeting with a team of aspiring young engineers from Ypsilanti Community High School, who want to show off their skills on the national stage.