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  • Rock Cancer

    Rock Cancer

    When NBC Nightly News showed up at Ann Arbor’s Planet Rock gym, the crew wasn’t there for climbing lessons. 

  • Coworking Rebound 

    Coworking Rebound 

    After a pandemic hibernation, Ann Arborites are again trading home offices for shared workspaces.

Since 1976

The Ann Arbor Observer has been putting readers in touch with our town. Packed with concise and insightful news of  people, politics, education, shopping, dining, and entertainment, our newsprint magazine has a monthly circulation of 53,000.



Spin Out?

The company that owns Ann Arbor’s distinctive orange e-scooters and e-bikes is bankrupt. 

  • Mallek’s Mystery

    “You don’t want Ihsan,” Dan Durand said. “You want Tony. That’s what he goes by.”

  • SI on S. Ashley?

    Dormant for more than thirty years, the Kline’s Lot is back in play.





Fifth Avenue Studios

“The older generation likes to say, ‘We didn’t have gay people,’” Jacob Gorski says. “This is a testament that you did.”

  • Lives of the Artists

    Dylan Strzynski portrays the art fair circuit as “the purest expression of the American spirit.”

  • FestiFools Returns

    Ann Arbor’s giant puppet parade will be back on April 7, with Mark Tucker’s U-M students again taking the lead to create its colorful papier-mâché puppets.  

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