Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:54pm
Kirk Westphal (D–Ward 2) listens to speakers during an Ann Arbor city council meeting on September 6, 2016.

A ballot proposal seeking to extend the term of office for Ann Arbor city officials by two years has drawn pushback from some residents and City Council members who believe this will be a self-serving convenience for incumbents, decrease constituent accountability and impede independent candidates running for city office.

Fundamentally, the divide is between two visions of an ideal city electorate: those who see maximization of voter turnout as ideal, and those who prefer a smaller electorate that is more vested in local issues. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 7:08pm
Michigan Data Science Team members pose in front of the City of Flint Water Plant.

When approached by Google and the University of Michigan-Flint to collaborate on a mobile app advising Flint residents on lead risk levels in their homes, assistant prof. of Engineering Jacob Abernethy and Business prof. Eric Schwartz saw both a critical gap between available data and the city’s recovery efforts — and a way to fix it.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:47pm

A law restricting idling vehicles was passed by the Ann Arbor City Council at its Thursday night meeting with only one dissenting vote, in a bid to improve local air quality. However, councilmembers said critical aspects of the ordinance — specifically, the exact geographic extent of the restriction and the means of enforcement — are yet to be fleshed out.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:56pm

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County expects to have resettled about 163 refugees in the county by the conclusion of its fiscal year this fall, nearly doubling its previous year’s caseload, and plans to do so again in the coming year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 7:54pm
Students listen to speakers at the CSG meeting in the Michigan Union on Tuesday.

Faced with a changing city landscape and student anxiety about high off-campus housing costs, Central Student Government has begun exploring options for cooperation with city government to address the issue.

However, it remains unclear which specific policies CSG can realistically coordinate with city and county government officials that would alleviate off-campus housing costs, or even to what extent off-campus student rental costs have been changing.

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:31pm
The closed sign in from of Lucky Kitchen on East University.

When Jenny Wu learned she would have to sell the Lucky Kitchen’s Central Campus location to make room for an apartment high-rise, she wasn’t surprised.

It has been common knowledge among the small business owners along South University Avenue, Wu said, that large property developers — attracted by rising rents largely paid by students — are seeking to acquire real estate near Central Campus to erect new apartments. The change seemed inevitable.

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 4:50pm

Ten months after the city Human Rights Commission published a 42-page report calling for an independent audit of the Ann Arbor Police Department, the city manager’s office has started taking the initial steps toward meeting the HRC’s recommendations.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:24am

The building will result in the demolition of Lucky Kitchen, Mia Za’s Italian Cafe, Pita Pit and three residential homes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:07pm
Tobbaco Rose Cigars store on Stadium Boulevard

The recently approved city ordinance raising the minimum age of tobacco purchase to 21 in Ann Arbor has been met with a cold reception from local business owners directly impacted by the law.

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 5:19pm

City Council chambers were especially packed Thursday evening as contentious ordinances regarding the sale of the vacant downtown library lot, restrictions on the purchase of tobacco and the allowance of accessory dwelling units were discussed.

City Council approved an ordinance Thursday evening that will raise the age of tobacco purchase in Ann Arbor to 21 in January.