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Ward 3 Council Race Asks: Should We Prostitute Our Parks? One Candidate’s Votes = “Leave Your Money On the Dresser, Baby.”

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by P.D. Lesko Ann Arbor voters have been surly as of late. They want the potholes filled, their leaves collected, and their safety services funded. They don’t want their parkland used for parking. They don’t want to pay $45 million to build a train station. They don’t want Huron Hills Golf Course operations outsourced. They […]

March 25th, 2013 | Posted in City Council,Enviro,Featured,Parks,Politics | Read More »

FOIA Reveals Mayor and Council Targeted Popular Parks For Development


A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first by P.D. Lesko Collectively, Ann Arbor residents own about 2,000 acres of parkland. A conservative estimate of the value of the land, according to city officials, is anywhere from $600 million to $1.5 billion dollars. Now a question. Barton Pond, Bird […]

September 13th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Enviro,Featured,Parks,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Savaged: The Double-Edged Sword of “The Most Beautiful Place in America”


by Chris Savage Unknown to many Americans outside of Michigan, our state is hardly one of just auto manufacturing, Motown, snow, and sports. In addition to these things, we have some of the most beautiful natural places in all of America. This summer, one place in particular has been highlighted nationally for its beauty. The […]

September 1st, 2011 | Posted in Enviro,Featured,Parks | Read More »

Repurposing Ann Arbor’s Golf Courses. Why Not? It’s A National Trend.


Residents of Ann Arbor have twice defeated attempts to dispose of Huron Hills Golf Course. A2Politico reported on the efforts here, where residents retained a lawyer and alleged that Mayor and Council were breaking the law in attempts to outsource course operations. A2Politico also interviewed a member of the A2P2 neighborhood group formed to combat the […]

July 18th, 2011 | Posted in Enviro,Featured,Parks | Read More »

PAC Member Complains That Parks Millage Money Is Being Diverted Through Accounting Trickery

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The cash cows who live in Ann Arbor have a record of voting to nickel and dime themselves to death, literally. The city’s property tax bill, thanks to “supplemental” millages, has come to resemble a check in a French restaurant where everything is ala carte. The nickels and dimes have, over the past decade, added […]

May 11th, 2011 | Posted in Econ,Enviro,Money,Parks,Taxes | Read More »

The Politics of Parks: Ted Annis Talks About Parks, Politics and A2P2


When Ann Arbor resident Ted Annis signs his email messages, he often appends the title “Entrepreneur.” Ted Annis earned a Bachelor of Science from Xavier University in 1964 and an M.B.A. in 1965. Annis is the now retired co-founder of NanoBio, a biological pharmaceutical development company he founded along with James R. Baker, Jr. In November […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Enviro,Interviews,Parks | Read More »

The Politics of Conflict: Not Just John Hieftje Has Conflict of Interest Problems With U of M

A2P Notes: I sent the following email to Ann Arbor’s City Council members (Fifth Council members Anglin and Hohnke, John Hieftje, and First Ward Council member Sandi Smith opened and read the email, according to the email program I use that provides receipts), as well as a list of about 400 people who are involved […]

January 16th, 2011 | Posted in City Council,Higher Ed.,Parks,Transportation | Read More »

The Politics of Spin: Hieftje Email Slams Residents In Favor of Parks

Honest John Hieftje is a chronic teller of half-truths, and there is never any better chance to see Honest John at his dissembling best as when he’s answering emails from constituents. Watch a video of Hieftje chatting with a constituent here: To borrow from Henny Youngman: Take Huron Hills Golf Course. Please. Someone. To hear Hieftje, […]

December 7th, 2010 | Posted in Enviro,Parks | Read More »

The Politics of Parks: Citizen Group Hires Lawyer & Alleges Mayor & Council Ignoring the Law

On November 12, 2010, the Ann Arbor Parks Preservation Association (A2P2) group fired a shot over the collective bows of John Hieftje and Ann Arbor City Council. The A2P2 group, in this five page letter prepared on the association’s behalf by attorney Susan E. Morrison, presents one demand: ditch the Miles of Golf proposal to […]

November 14th, 2010 | Posted in Parks,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

The Politics of The Party Line: Out With The Old. In With The True.

Be prepared to hear this mantra from certain candidates over the next four months: “We [the city of Ann Arbor] have lost millions of dollars in revenue due to state cuts, the university’s purchase of the Pfizer facility, and massive local property devaluations. As a result, the city must reduce services.”  As I wrote on […]

March 26th, 2010 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,City Services,Econ,Enviro,Money,Parks,Safety,Taxes | Read More »

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