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Heat from the Ground

The U-M’s first net-zero building is under construction, and planning for districtwide geothermal is underway. 

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.



Coworking Rebound 

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

  • Mail Theft

    “Hey! That’s a felony!”

  • Spin Out?

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


  • Building Faster

    Ann Arbor’s proposed new approach to economic development aims to accelerate housing construction at all income levels. 


  • 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.”

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