Ann Arbor

Environment
9:28 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Solar Arrays in Ann Arbor

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Some controversy over large solar power arrays in northeast Ann Arbor.  Ann Arbor city council member Jane Lumm is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:45 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Council Readies Budget Plan and Priorities

Ann Arbor's city council discussed budget impacts from work plans created around council's five priority areas at a work session Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local News
3:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

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The boil water advisory that had been in effect for Ann Arbor's northeast side has been lifted.  The city says tests have confirmed the water is safe to use.  The advisory was put in place after the system lost pressure during routine valve maintenance.

Ann Arbor
9:10 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Tech Hub Growing in Downtown Ann Arbor

An Ann Arbor commercial real estate broker says the city has a growing tech hub downtown near the University of Michigan campus.  Hear more from 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Transportation
8:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

DDA Approves More Money for Go-Pass Service

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has approved spending up to an additional 57-thousand dollars on the Go-Pass and other Ann Arbor Transportation Authority services next fiscal year.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Development
8:38 am
Thu March 7, 2013

DDA Opposes Changes Proposed by City Council

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority board members are speaking against a proposed city council ordinance amendment that would change the authority in several ways.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Weather
9:35 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Storm Cleanup Continues in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor officials continue to work on helping to clean up limbs and other debris that came down during last week's snow storm.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor
9:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Briarwood Mall to Undergo Complete Renovation

Ann Arbor's Briarwood Mall
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Briarwood Mall is undergoing a complete renovation as the facility nears its 40th anniversary.  The renovation kicked off with a tile-breaking ceremony.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:24 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Site Plan Moratorium Delayed Again

Ann Arbor's city council has held off on making decision on both a moratorium on site plan approvals in the downtown area, and changed to the Downtown Development Authority.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:21 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Process Begins for Selling Former YMCA Site

Ann Arbor's city council has taken the first step that could lead to the sale of the fomer YMCA site across from the downtown library.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:52 am
Mon March 4, 2013

City Selling Bonds to Fund 'PACE' Program

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) allows property owners to save energy using a special property assessment.
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Ann Arbor businesses can tap into a new city fund to cover upfront costs for energy efficiency upgrades.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ann Arbor Pace Program

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:25 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A2 City Budget Preview

Ann Arbor city staff gave an overview of of the impacts of "status quo" budgets for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years to city council Monday night.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
1:38 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Green Room: Housing Choices Impact Greenhouse Gases

report on climate impact of housing options

This week on The Green Room, Barbara Lucas examines how available housing choices -- or the lack thereof -- in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, impact the level of greenhouse gasses.

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Health & Safety
1:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

New Book Examines Conditions for Restaurant Workers

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A new book examines the conditions for restaurant workers and how they can make eating out less healthy.  The author of "Behind the Kitchen Door" spoke at the Homegrown Local Food Summit.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:52 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Council Delays Site Approval Moratorium

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Ann Arbor's city council has postponed a decision on placing a six-month moratorium on site plan approvals in the downtown area.  Council voted unanimously to wait two weeks before making a decision on the proposed moratorium, plus a review of D-1 and D-2 zoning, and reconvening the design guidelines task force.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Council Postpones Action on Living Wage Ordinance

Ann Arbor's city council has tabled proposed amendments to the city's living wage ordinance and will look for proposals from one of two commissions.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:29 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Turnaround for Rising Scholars Program

Ann Arbor school board members say they're frustrated with a program designed to help students who can achieve at high levels, but who may not have all of the support structures needed to reach their potential.  District officials say the "Rising Scholars" program is now headed in the right direction.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Skyline Community Wants to Keep Trimester Schedule

Skyline High School

Ann Arbor's Skyline high school students, parents, and teachers say the school's trimester schedule is an important part of Skyline's culture.   They spoke out against a possible switch to semesters at Wednesday night's school board meeting.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

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Local News
9:29 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Detroit Institute of Arts' Inside❘Out Coming to Ann Arbor

This spring, some classic pieces of art will be coming to downtown Ann Arbor.   It's the Detroit Institute of Art's 'Inside Out' program.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

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AATA
9:29 am
Wed February 13, 2013

AATA Looks to DDA to Fund Service Expansion

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has stepped up several services linking downtown Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.  Much of the service increase was in preparation for a county-wide transit authority.  Now, with the county-wide plan stopped, the AATA is looking to expand its partnership with Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Public Housing
9:37 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Changing Public Housing Operations in A2

Ann Arbor Housing Commission officials continue to look into converting public housing to  voucher-based projects with private funding for reinvestment in the properties.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Bike sharing
9:30 am
Tue February 12, 2013

UofM/Ann Arbor Bike Sharing Plan Moves Forward

The University of Michigan already has a bike rental program, but talks continue on a bike sharing program that would include Ann Arbor, the UofM, and other organizations.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:24 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Draft Plan for South State Street Corridor

Ann Arbor's city council has approved sharing a draft plan for the south State Street corridor.  Hear more on the plan from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor
9:10 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Filling A2 Sidewalk Gaps

With the city of Ann Arbor trying to find a good way to fill all the major gaps in city sidewalks, one key stretch of roadway without a safe pedestrian route may soon have one thanks to a unique agreement.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Transportation
8:35 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Light Rail or Trolleys Preferred for A2 Connector

The Ann Arbor Connector project is focused on determining new transit options for a boomerang-shaped area that extends from northeast Ann Arbor, down through the area along Fuller Road where the city is planning a new train and bus station near the U-M medical complex, through Central Campus and downtown, and then south along State Street to Briarwood Mall and I-94.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority says it received good community input last month on a possible connector service running from Plymouth Road and US-23 through downtown and out to State Street and I-94.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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