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Urban Exile: The Growing Problem of Homeless Senior Citizens

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by Erika McNamara If asked, the average person would probably describe a homeless person as a thirty-something male, addicted to some substance, too lazy to go out and find work. But thanks to the Great Recession, this demographic of the thirty-something being homeless is changing. It is rude in our culture to ask someone their [...]

August 19th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

Savaged: Coming Soon To Your Local Parkland—Pretty Much Anything A Rich Developer Wants To Build

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We must all be vigilant as we move forward to ensure that we keep the voice of Michigan citizens one that can be heard and one that is listened to. The Michigan Planning Enabling Act, PA 33, was intended to improve planning in Michigan municipalities and counties. However, as an unintended consequence, in some places it had the opposite effect, helping to make our voices that much less heard and the voices of developers louder. When we turn over the reins of power to those looking only for profit, we will all lose as our state’s economy and our quality of life suffer.

August 18th, 2011 | Posted in County Politics,Featured,Michigan politics | Read More »

8.9 Percent Voter Turnout in One of America’s “Smartest” Cities Linked to Lack of Quality Local Reporting

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The City of Ann Arbor web site has a page titled “Recognitions.” In 2010, among the recognitions Ann Arbor received: 2010: Taste Contest Award (Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant) – American Water Works Association, Michigan Section, 2010 America’s Top 50 Bike-friendly Cities (No. 14) – Bicycling Magazine, 2010 list 2010 Pillar Award for Outstanding Government [...]

August 15th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured,Media | Read More »

The Parent Trap: How To Not Be One of THOSE Parents Who Hates Parenting

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by Betsy McMillin One thing I have always hated as a parent is the nay-sayers. The oh-so-wise veteran parents, who upon seeing my bulging belly, or with little ones in tow say, “Oh… just wait!” followed by some horrid tale from the trenches on the woes of parenting. Tales range from the horrors of sleepless [...]

August 14th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The A2P Foodist: The Olive Oil Cage Match—Fustini’s Versus Zingerman’s

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by Elaine Hayes The olive was native to Asia Minor and spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine to the rest of the Mediterranean basin 6,000 years ago. It is among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world – being grown before the written language was invented. Olives have been found in Egyptian tombs from [...]

August 12th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,The Foodist | Read More »

Interview: @LOLGOP—Skewering Republican Insanity Oh So “Nicely”

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by Chris Savage In today’s political landscape, Republicans appear to have no problem whatsoever with living in a sphere of cognitive dissonance. They can, on one hand, decry “the job killing stimulus” while asking for, receiving, and posing for photos with giant checks coming from the stimulus package passed by Congress. They can flirt with [...]

August 11th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Interviews | Read More »

Local Media Used As A Collective Patsy to Mislead Public About Police Dispatcher Outsourcing Facts

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Documents released by Ann Arbor city officials in response to a recent FOIA request revealed that the March 31, 2011 meeting to discuss “police dispatch” was set up via email and included Ann Arbor’s interim City Administrator Tom Crawford, management consultant Kerry Laycock, and Gregory Dill, director of administrative services for Washtenaw County. By April, [...]

August 10th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Investigations,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

House Calls: Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin Talks About What Will Happen If Gov. Snyder Is Recalled

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Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, served for a decade as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. In January 2011, he began his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In his regular column, House Calls, A2Politico will pose a single question to Representative Irwin and he will answer it. The questions will focus on his work in [...]

August 9th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,House Calls,Michigan politics | Read More »

A2Politico Grilling the Media: AnnArborChronicle.com Calls Hieftje a Big Fat Lyre (Politely)

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The AnnArborChronicle.com has been tweaking its brand, as of late. The site, described by Publisher Mary Morgan as a chronicler of local government, has been doing more than just repeating what happened at meetings. The site has been posting original reporting (including a recent tip that former Second Ward Council member Jane Lumm pulled nominating [...]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in DDA,Econ,Featured,Media,Taxes | Read More »

Mayor & Police Chief’s Longtime Claims That “Crime Is Down” Bogus? AAPD Sources Reveal Crime Reports Not Filed & Allege Crimes Misclassified

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A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first. In answer to how often the officers on Ann Arbor’s police department simply skip the step of filing official police reports, a source within the AAPD told A2Politico: “Probably four times per month and all of the officers are doing this. [...]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Crime,Featured,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

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