City of Ypsilanti

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A controversial trip taken to China by City of Ypsilanti officials has placed a dark cloud over a potential $300 million project they're considering from a foreign investor. 

 


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Like many states, Michigan began observing the Labor Day holiday in 1894.  Washtenaw County played a role in developing the movement before it became a holiday.  


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Nearly 70 community leaders, many of them Washtenaw County elected officials, gathered today for a policy forum to address the growing need for affordable housing for senior citizens. 


Michigan Ladder Company

This week, we launch what will be an occasional series that will introduce you to some of the people, places, and things that help comprise who we are as a community.  These are parts of our community that, in some way, are making a difference, and yet, you may not be at all familiar with them.  That’s why this feature series is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.”

Today, we take you to Michigan Ladder Company.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spent time with the folks at the Ypsilanti factory that makes products found everywhere from Washtenaw County, to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, to the White House


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The Water Street Debt Retirement proposal will be decided by Ypsilanti voters on August 8th. Primary Election Day is next Tuesday. This is the second go-round for the tax measure. Last August, voters narrowly defeated the issue. Supporters of the new tax contend it lost in 2016 because of a lack of resources and publicity. As a result, there were cuts in city services and more could come if the measure fails again this year.  89-1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has been exploring the history of the issue and how it got to where it is today. With a vote just a few days away, there remains disagreement on whether a new tax is the best way to address the Water Street debt. 


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The Peninsular Paper Dam in Ypsilanti once provided hydro-electric power to the area.  Those days are long gone, and some believe it’s time remove the structure from the Huron River. This week, we explore the potential benefits of dam removal with the executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, Laura Rubin.


Ypsilanti Historical Society Archives

Women have played an important part in Ypsilanti’s 200 year-old industrial heritage.  During the late 19th century and early 20th century, women were hard at work in mills throughout the region. They worked for low wages while often standing for long hours in silence.  We took a history tour to reveal how important women were in developing a future for the Ypsilanti area. 


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The City of Ypsilanti's expanded human rights ordinance now protects immigration and gender identity.  


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As President-elect Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration, the City of Ypsilanti is also getting ready for his administration and is taking action.  


Amtrak
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The City of Ypsilanti continues to move forward with plans to construct an Amtrak stop platform. 


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The Ypsilanti City Council has called a special meeting for early next Tuesday to decide whether or not to put the Water Street millage issue before voters once again in November.


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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area will host a forum tonight for the Democratic candidates running for State Representative of the 54th District.

 


Dedicated To Make A Change

The recent police-related shootings across the country have sparked conversations about race and policing in Washtenaw County.

The City of Ypsilanti recently held a public forum on the issue to determine what they need to do about it.

I spoke with Gail Wolkoff, the founder of Dedicated To Make A Change, a youth empowerment group in Ypsilanti.  She was at the forum and gives her take of the situation.

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The Ypsilanti Police-Community Relations Black Lives Matter Task Force is meeting in hopes of hearing from the community and dive more deeply into local policy change in light of recent police shootings around the country.

I spoke with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds about the meeting.  She says growing interest in the task force has prompted them to move it to a bigger venue to accommodate more people and let concerned citizens have a voice.


Ralph Lange Resigns As Ypsilanti City Manager

Jul 9, 2016
WEMU

Ypsilanti officials announced the retirement of City Manager Ralph Lange, effective August 5.

 

Parkridge
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The City of Ypsilanti starts work on a new affordable housing project today.


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Like many cities in Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti is looking to improve road safety and they're turning to speed bumps. 


There's A New Mural In Downtown Ypsilanti

Jun 22, 2016
Amanda LeClaire

Ypsilanti's City Hall building has a new addition. It's an 11' by 22' mural designed by local artist Jermaine Dickerson.

 

 


Jorge Avellan

Late Tuesday night, Ypsilanti City Council approved a $14 million budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. 

 


Speed Limit 31 Sign
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City of Ypsilanti officials are looking for "creative ways" to get people to stop speeding through neighborhoods.


No Parking
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To make sure drivers pay their parking tickets, the City of Ypsilanti may implement measures used by other cities in Washtenaw County. 


Ypsilanti Depot Town
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Ypsilanti officials are seeking the public’s opinion on closing North Grove and North Park streets to vehicle traffic.


Ypsilanti Mayor Discusses Local Issues With EMU Students

Mar 30, 2016
Amanda Edmonds
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About two dozen Eastern Michigan University students gathered to discuss politics and policy with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds.


  Ypsilanti City Councilwoman Ann Brown wants to win election to the Michigan House of Representatives.  The 2nd Ward Democrat will run in the 54th district. That seat in Lansing is presently held by David Rutledge, a Superior Township Democrat. Brown, at one time, served  as a district manager for Rutledge who is being term-limited out of office in 2016. 

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If you want to pay your parking tickets in person in the city of Ypsilanti you will have to go to a new location. 


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