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11:43 am | by P.D. Lesko In 2009, AnnArbor.com Kontent King Tony Dearing announced the “future of journalism in Ann Arbor”: “Ding. Dong. The Witch is dead,” wrote an A2Politico reader in response to a December…

Sep 12 2013 / 14 Comments / Read More »

“It’s Embarrassing….” Says AnnArbor.com Staffer »

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12:42 pm | In a February 2013 piece about AnnArbor.com, the Columbia Journalism Review called the site’s work content-for-clicks journalism. Perhaps the assessment was harsh because MLive leadership had refused the CJR reporter access to the AnnArbor.com…

Jul 19 2013 / 16 Comments / Read More »

Readership of AA.com Plummets 75% According to Execs—Site Loses Another Key Staffer to the Freep »

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02:35 pm | by P.D. Lesko If the down-sizing and attrition continue apace at AnnArbor.com, Laurel Champion, former publisher of the Ann Arbor News, will be left to head the organization as Executive Vice President in Charge…

Dec 19 2012 / 37 Comments / Read More »

MLive Prez (Accidentally) Confims That AnnArbor.com Unique Visitor Count Has Plummeted By 643,000 Since July 2011 »

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04:52 pm | by P.D. Lesko The history of the telescope is fascinating. This piece is not about that. However, it is about The Ann magazine’s futile and ultimately disappointing attempt to give readers insight into…

Dec 3 2012 / 17 Comments / Read More »

American Journalism Review Asks, “How Has AnnArbor.com Worked?” Answer: It Has Had A “Terrible Effect On The City” »

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10:48 am | Charles R. Eisendrath directs the Knight-Wallace Fellows program in journalism at the University of Michigan. He’s a former Washington and foreign correspondent for Time magazine. Suffice it to say that Eisendrath has not shied…

Sep 3 2012 / 20 Comments / Read More »

New Orleans Residents Out to Kill NOLA.com—Boycott Launched Of Site Modeled on AnnArbor.com »

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01:44 pm | by P.D. Lesko Over the past 24 months, AnnArbor.com has seen the departure of most of its experienced reporters to more prestigious and higher paying surroundings—such as the Detroit Free Press. There are…

Aug 28 2012 / 4 Comments / Read More »

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Council Members Refuse To Back Away From Public Protest of Mayoral Nominee »

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12:38 am | While members of the audience held up signs of protest against Albert McWilliams’s proposed appointment to the Ann Arbor…

Oct 8 2013 / 10 Comments / Read More »

Council Members Rebuke Mayor Over Proposed Appointee’s Perceived Conflicts of Interest »

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01:15 pm | On August 20th, John Hieftje announced his intention to appoint Albert McWilliams to replace Newcombe Clark on the Board…

Sep 4 2013 / 24 Comments / Read More »

Emails Reveal DDA Threatens to Cut Money That Funds Job of Council Member’s Wife »

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11:50 am | by P.D. Lesko There are five solid votes on City Council to bring to heel the members of the…

Apr 29 2013 / 11 Comments / Read More »

Fighting Entrenched Cronyism One Vote At A Time »

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03:40 pm | by P.D. Lesko At the moment, Ann Arbor City Council members are trying to assert their Charter-mandated authority over…

Apr 23 2013 / 6 Comments / Read More »

High Overhead & Debt Load Push DDA Parking Revenues 98 Percent Below National Average »

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11:59 am | by P.D. Lesko “Hieftje gives out seats on city boards and commissions at parties, like they were candy,” says…

Jan 4 2013 / 11 Comments / Read More »

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Playing Politics With Ann Arbor’s Drinking Water and the Massive 1,4 Dioxane Clean-Up »

09:17 pm | by P.D. Lesko Groundwater beneath the city of Ann Arbor is currently contaminated by the suspected carcinogen 1,4 dioxane. On August 3rd, in a piece about the Ward 1 City Council race, A2Politico pointed out that Ward 1 City Council member Sabra Briere had never put forth any resolution in response to what local environmentalists have…

Sep 2 2013 / 14 Comments / Read More »
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Deliverance: 411 on the 313—Congress Proclaims Americans Have a “Constitutional Right To Fast Food” »

06:00 am | by Warren Liverance For the majority of my life I have watched, helpless, as the Wizards of Smart and the compassion fascists have experimented with American society and government. Welfare, Social Security, ADC, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Homeland Security, HUD, HEW, HUBBA HUBBA, and a host of other federal intrusions with no basis in the…

Jan 27 2012 / No Comment / Read More »
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Urban Exile: Food Gatherers’ CEO Eileen Spring Fights Hunger & Local Trend of Professional Entitlement »

01:54 am | June 8th marked the 24th time Food Gatherers has put on its annual fundraiser Grillin’. It marked the first time A2Politico pitched in to help Food Gatherers. A2Politico provides free advertising to locally-owned businesses and non-profits, with the exception of non-profits associated with city or county government. Between April 25th and June 8th, the banner…

Jun 10 2013 / No Comment / Read More »
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Ann Arbor Mayor Pro Tem Says Her Poor Attendance Is A Non-Issue. National Experts Respond: “Bollocks!” »

02:21 pm | by P.D. Lesko Ward 4 Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Marcia Higgins has been repeatedly and roundly criticized by (generally) anonymous individuals on AnnArbor.com as being “the invisible woman.” When Higgins let her campaign domain name lapse four years ago, and didn’t renew it when she pulled her nominating petitions to run for office…

Jul 22 2013 / 9 Comments / Read More »
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Groupon Belly Flops Into Michigan’s Social/Tech Start-Up Pool »

03:45 pm | by P.D. Lesko Groupon was founded and is headed by graduates from the University of Michigan. In January 2012, former AnnArbor.con business reporter Nathan Bomey wrote a glowing piece about Groupon, its founders and their connection to the local “job innovator” scene. The Groupon “success story” should be seen as more of a cautionary tale…

Aug 20 2012 / No Comment / Read More »
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PUBLIC SAFETY

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City Administrator Memo To Council: “At this time, I am not proceeding with reducing the number of fire stations” »

01:41 pm | by P.D. Lesko John Hieftje and his political pals have a reputation of ignoring public opinion. Perhaps the most egregious example was a 2008 Council meeting at which petitions with…

Jan 14 2013 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Restaurant Reviews

A2P Foodist: Restaurant Review—Great Plains Burger Co. »

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01:31 am | Restaurant Review: 3.5/5 stars (good, reliable)—Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, with ambiance, service…

Jan 13 2013 / No Comment / Read More »

A2P Foodist: Restaurant Review—Sava’s »

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02:48 pm | Restaurant Review:  *** (good, reliable)—Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, with ambiance, service and…

Dec 18 2012 / 17 Comments / Read More »
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A2P Foodist Restaurant Review—The Original Cottage Inn »

06:46 am | Restaurant Review: 2.5/5 stars (fair, satisfactory)—Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, with ambiance, service and price taken into consideration, as well.  …

Jan 29 2013 / No Comment / Read More »