Arbor Update Ann Arbor Area Community News tag:arborupdate.com,2006:47b16868c206b10e0106b3136f6d66e9 Textpattern 2015-02-14T20:58:37Z Scott Trudeau scott.trudeau@gmail.com http://arborupdate.com/ Josh Steichmann 2011-03-15T06:06:44Z 2011-03-15T16:25:40Z Protests in Lansing this week tag:arborupdate.com,2011-03-15:47b16868c206b10e0106b3136f6d66e9/1421428b43bb6516c3f1b5e6133d46f2 Hey folks,

Don’t interpret this as a return for ArborUpdate (the once and future king of Ann Arbor), but I saw this press release sent to the group email, and wanted to post it up here:

Tuesday, March 15, protesters will begin to gather at Michigan’s Capitol in protest of Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Financial Manager Bill. This protest is to include a camp-in and is scheduled to run well into Wednesday. Those present are both native and non-native Michiganders who have come together through numerous Facebook groups. While spurred originally by the events in Wisconsin, it is our state’s own legislation that has resulted in this mass protest. It is the desire, the goal of many of these protesters to bring the fight in Wisconsin to our Capitol with similar numbers and just as much notice taken at local, state, and national levels. This is in response to the aforementioned bill stripping citizens of their rights, dissolving elected official, and eliminating union bargaining rights. This protest has nothing to do with political affiliation and all are welcome to join the protest.

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Arbor Update Team 2010-02-03T00:45:06Z 2010-02-06T19:24:59Z This site to be demolished, replaced with student housing tag:arborupdate.com,2010-02-01:47b16868c206b10e0106b3136f6d66e9/725bfff0cd67a76f2c0d048ffbb66a7c After years of updating, the ArborUpdate crew is taking a break. It may be temporary, it may be permanent, but for now the ArborUpdate sign is flipped to “closed.”

There’s a few reasons for this:

  • What had set ArborUpdate apart was intelligent discussion of local issues. You can now find intelligent reporting and discussion on Ann Arbor Chronicle, the Michigan Daily has been improving lately, and while the discussion on AnnArbor.com isn’t always refined, it’s better than what the Ann Arbor News had with Mlive.
  • There has been a growth of local blogs lately. Some of them supply the thoughtful commentary that ArborUpdate had at its best, others offer the inane ranting that ArborUpdate has had at its worst.
  • We’ve let our focus get very narrow. Most of our active discussions lately have been about land use and density debates. Yes, they come up a lot, but it’s not a broad base for a community discussion site.
  • Most of our commentators have been respectful, but we do get tired of being the playground teacher because some people don’t know how to behave.

As we head out, we’ll keep this thread open for a brief while for goodbyes. Then, the current plan is to put the site in hibernate mode, turn off comments, keep ArborUpdate as an archive, and see where things go from there.

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Juliew 2010-01-19T21:15:20Z 2010-01-27T19:30:32Z City Council: Bicycles, Parking, and CIP tag:arborupdate.com,2010-01-19:47b16868c206b10e0106b3136f6d66e9/5bc1a81b81a3b610443233d85f59cf75 City Council: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm.
Ann Arbor City HallAgenda

Highlights:

  • Amendments and ordinances regarding bicycle transportation
  • Parking fine amendment and resolution to restructure and adjust parking fine schedule
  • Resolution to Approve Fiscal Year 2011-2016 Capital Improvements Plan
  • Resolution to Approve U of M Soccer Complex Annexation, 12.5 Acres, 2323 South Main
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Chuck Warpehoski 2010-01-19T20:31:08Z 2010-01-19T20:31:08Z Parks vs. Transit: The Sierra Club and the Fuller Transit Center tag:arborupdate.com,2010-01-19:47b16868c206b10e0106b3136f6d66e9/3301acee84485a43556a0924382b4fc1 The Huron Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club has taken a position opposing a proposed new transit station.

Why is the Sierra Club arguing against a transit station? The oppose the decision to build the station on top of what is technically parkland (it currently serves as a parking lot).

There are a lot of questions here (e.g. Is this a good investment for the city? Will it reduce congestion from the east? Will use this center to come farther into Ann Arbor?). What most strikes me is, “In this case, which is more environmental, transit or parks”?

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Chuck Warpehoski 2010-01-13T22:26:58Z 2010-01-13T22:26:58Z Ann Arbor and Ypsi Chambers merge--New regionalism or a sign of trouble tag:arborupdate.com,2010-01-13:47b16868c206b10e0106b3136f6d66e9/dc3ff4f71cfcd4edf756831151113b12 As reported by AnnArbor.com, Yesterday the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Chambers of Commerce had a breakfast to discuss their merger.

What does the merger mean? Is it:

  1. A sign of growing regionalism in the county?
  2. A sign that the economy is hurting even Chambers and they have to band together to stay alive?
  3. An indication that the whole Chamber of Commerce idea is getting less meaningful in today’s world, so Chambers have to band together to stay alive?

What will the merger help? What will be the challenges in it?

(These are all real questions I have, but now I sound like I’m writing high school essay test questions.)

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