Ann Arbor

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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Ann Arbor
10:07 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Dog Park Plans Stalled

Credit Shopmimigreen/ Creative Commons

Ann Arbor officials say plans for dog recreation areas in the downtown area need to come from the parks advisory commission.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Green Belt
8:34 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Greenbelt Growing Around Ann Arbor

The Greenbelt program is an innovative land preservation program that has protected almost 2,000 acres of farmland and open space surrounding the City of Ann Arbor, and has leveraged over $12 million through grants, landowner donations, and other locally funded programs.
Credit A2gov.org

Ann Arbor's greenbelt program now has over six square miles of farmland and open space preserved within an hour of the downtown area.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:25 am
Thu January 24, 2013

A2 Schools Updating Strategic Plan

  Ann Arbor public school administrators shared an update of the district's strategic plan with the school board Wednesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:19 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Board Examines Contracting Policy

Huron High School

  The Ann Arbor school board is going to form a  sub-committee to gather information and consider changes to the district's contracting policy.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Public Safety
8:42 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Ann Arbor Saving Money Through County Dispatch Services

Metro-Dispatch provides police dispatching services for the Sheriff's Office, Ann Arbor Police Department, Huron Area Metro Parks Police, Michigan State Police, Northfield Township Police and the Ypsilanti Police Department, while providing non-emergency and emergency 911 services to the citizens of Washtenaw County. On average, Metro Dispatch handles in excess of 1000 emergency and non-emergency calls every day.
Credit E Washtenaw.org/ Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says the first six months of the county providing dispatch services to the city of Ann Arbor has gone better than anticipated.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:05 am
Fri January 18, 2013

A2 Schools Celebrate MLK Day

Credit facebook: AAPS

Ann Arbor public schools wil be close Monday, so the district is celebrating Martin Luther King day with events today.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor School Board
8:42 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mexicotte Picked to Continue School Board Leadership

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The Ann Arbor school board has again elected Deb Mexicotte to serve as board President.  The board also tweaked a couple of policies at its organizational meeting Wednesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor
9:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Ann Arbor as an Example of Good Government

As Governor Rick Snyder gives his state-of-the-state address tonight, Ann Arbor's Mayor wants the state to look at Ann Arbor as an example of good government.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
9:04 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Recycling Old Electronics

Keoni Cabral / Foter.com / CC BY

With many people receiving new electronics over the holidays, the question becomes what to do with old devices. According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste is produced each year in the US.  

If the item is still relatively new, it is possible to sell the item on eBay or elsewhere. But, environmentalists hope that the old items won’t just end up in the trash.

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Transportation
10:19 am
Fri January 4, 2013

AATA Service Changes

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is making some service changes later this month, including an increase in peak hour service on one of the routes between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.  Hear more on the changes from WEMU's  Andrew Cluley.

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Transportation
10:46 am
Mon December 31, 2012

January Commuter Challenge in Ann Arbor

Even with temperatures below freezing and snow on the ground,  some of Ann Arbor's downtown workers will continue to bicycle, walk, or take the bus to work.  They're competing in the Conquer the Cold Winter Commuting Challenge throughout January.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local Business
10:21 am
Thu December 27, 2012

2012 Appears to be a Good Year for many Local Businesses

The final numbers won't be in for a couple of weeks, but local businesses appear to have done well in 2012.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:38 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Some Leeway in Ann Arbor's New Street Parking Rules

Ann Arbor officials say they'll work with residents as tougher street parking rules are enforced.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Downtown Development
8:44 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Community Wants More Green Space in Downtown Ann Arbor

The majority of community members at the "connecting William Street" meeting Wednesday night raised concerns about the amount of - or lack of - green space in downtown Ann Arbor.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
9:30 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Ann Arbor's city council has approved an ambitious climate action plan.   Local architect and chair of the Ann Arbor energy commission, Wayne Appleyard,  has been at the center of the construct of the Climate Action plan, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Ann Arbor City Council
1:06 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Council Adopts Climate Action Plan

Ann Arbor's city council has adopted the city's climate action plan, and approved a resolution urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gasses under the clean air act.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
12:53 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

City Seeks Grants for Allen Creek Greenway

Ann Arbor's city council has approved a pair of grant applications to turn a portion of city-owned property into the first piece of the Allen Park Greenway.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor
9:20 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Downtown Ann Arbor Dressed for the Holidays

As shoppers continue making holiday purchases, downtown Ann Arbor is dressed for the season, and there could be even more festive lights next year.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor School Board
9:27 am
Thu December 13, 2012

A2 Schools Plan Budget Campaign

As the Ann Arbor school district addresses an expected 17 million dollar budget shortfall next year, the school board is planning a new budget campaign.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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