Arbor Update

Ann Arbor Area Community News

About this site

23. May 2005 is a volunteer-run news and discussion site for the Ann Arbor community. Articles on the main page are posted by one of our contributors, listed below. We aim for a fair voice in our posts, but acknowledge and don’t attempt to hide our individual biases (which largely overlap). As volunteers, the writers acknowledge the limits to their knowledge; alternate viewpoints and additional information are welcomed in reader comments to posts—the true value of the site is not in the posts themselves but in the discussion.

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Core Contributors

Here are brief profiles of some of the people involved, and links to their personal sites:

+ Juliew

+ Nancy Shore

+ Bruce Fields

+ js (Josh Steichmann) is a writer who has written about everything from the slow collapse of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival to wetland mitigation. He finds the third person confusing, but occasionally required by form and tradition.

+ Dale Winling is a graduate student in architectural history and urban planning at the University of Michigan. He hails from Kalamazoo, the place of origin of Gibson guitars, Checker cabs, and Bell’s Beer. His interests are local politics, student housing, and vernacular architecture.

  • Email: lwinling[AT]umich[DOT]edu
  • Personal blog: Urban Oasis

+ Matthew Wright Hollerbach is a U-M senior who splits his time between theatre and social organizing. He is an elected representative on the Michigan Student Assembly and manages websites for progressive organizations on campus.

  • E-mail: mwh (at)
  • AIM: Hawkeye008

+ Matt Hampel is a student in the Residential College at the University of Michigan. Born in Ann Arbor, he runs ArborWiki, a publicly-editable website about Ann Arbor related information.

+ Patti Smith is a special education teacher (middle school, visually impaired/learning disabled) in a large urban district. A resident of Ann Arbor, Patti enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, blogging and drinking craft beer.

  • Email: TeacherPattiS (at) gmail (dot) com


+ Rob Goodspeed is a 2004 graduate of the University. He created and edited, this year voted “Best Blog” by the Michigan Daily and runner-up “Best Blog in Washtenaw County” by Current magazine. As an undergraduate, he was involved in a variety of campus activities. [rob.goodspeed (at), AIM: robgoodsp]

+ Brian Kerr is an analyst at U-M. [brian (at), AIM: briankerresq]

+ Ari Paul is a 2004 graduate of the University and former columnist for the Michigan Daily. He has written for High Times, Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, and the now-defunct Baghdad Bulletin, and is now a political columnist for Citizen Culture. [aspaul (at)]

+ Scott Trudeau is a technologist, 2001 U-M graduate, and Ann Arbor resident.

+ Murph (Richard Murphy)* is a graduate of the Masters of Urban Planning program at the University of Michigan, with an official concentration in transportation planning and an interest in participatory, community-based planning.

+ Brandon Zwagerman is a 2003 graduate of the University and subsequently received his Master of Urban Planning from UM in 2006. He was also involved in the local music community, putting on DIY shows at various venues and still organizes Mittenfest in Ypsilanti every December.

  • E-mail: brandonzwa (at)

+ R. L’Heureux Lewis, also known as Dumi Eyi di yiye, is enrolled in the University’s doctoral program in Sociology and Public Policy. Historically involved with Michigan’s Black community, he hopes to be one black voice among many. [, AIM: dumilewis]

+ Mark Dilley is a labor activist who is interested in social software and the role of technology as an organizing tool for workers, especially wiki, currently working at

+ David Boyle