2012 December

Elimination Games

London had its summer Olympics. Ann Arbor has a more regular match. It isn’t necessarily seasonal, and it certainly isn’t sport. It’s the hide-and-seek chasing down of spray-can-wielding outlaws.Tag,...

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Joe the Builder

In 1961, Joe O’Neal worked on two construction projects. The first was a dam in Asia worth $300-$400 million. The second was a house in Ann Arbor that cost $39,000.In January of that year, the blond, fit Ohio native added...

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Whose Library Is It Anyway?

Despite a tenacious campaign, Ann Arborites voted not to build a new downtown library. The decline of print media, an increasingly suspicious electorate, and a woman haunted by a dream all played a role. —On election...

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Digitizing Memories

“It’s like opening a Christmas gift,” says Rob Hoffman.Recently, Mitch Rosenwasser, executive director of the U-M’s Camp Michigania, handed Hoffman a box of 16 mm movies taken at Michigan’s summer...

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Norton’s Flowers & Gifts

Tim Galea, president of Norton’s Flowers & Gifts, is scrambling to get his Ann Arbor store moved into its new west-side space by Thanksgiving, when the holiday flower season starts: “it’s all about...

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Burton Hoey vs. Everyone

It’s a beautiful fall day at Jenny’s Farm Market on the corner of Island Lake and Dexter-Pinckney roads, with sunlight shining on the straw maze outside and streaming through the jars of pickles and preserves...

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The Joy of Apheresis

QUESTION: What non-activity provides a near-perfect getaway? A solid block of time to catch up on your pulp fiction, review for a test, or see that movie that got the rave reviews but you missed while you were preparing for...

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Sisters Art & Gifts

Pop-ups are a new trend in the restaurant world, but artists have been doing pop-ups for ages. They’re called craft shows and they’re sick of it! “It’s a lot of work setting tents up, taking tents down....

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Closings

Maple Gardens, the Chinese restaurant in the Maple Miller Plaza, has closed. There’s not much to explain, says landlord Maher Jaboro: “I think that business dropped. There are a ton of other Chinese restaurants in...

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Crane Climb

Builder Joe O’Neal says he was “mad for a minute” to learn that the New York City marathon was cancelled in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. He was already in the city, ready to run the marathon for his...

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Hockey Mom

I lug my heavy hockey bag into the locker room at Veterans Memorial Ice Arena on a Friday evening and join a few of my teammates who are already suiting up. Once I strap on my pads, lace up my skates, and secure my helmet, a...

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Bike care for the masses

Public bike maintenance equipment will help ease cyclists’ commutes on the U-M campus this spring, thanks to grad student Arielle Fleisher. Fleisher, a student in the School of Public Health, spearheaded the plan to...

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Black Jake & the Carnies

Black Jake stands at the front of the stage, dressed like a ringmaster, his banjo adorned with Christmas lights. He stands resolute, barely moving amid the chaos that surrounds him, yet he cranks out lyrics like an auctioneer....

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Sihem’s joins Taco King

Ann Arbor has never had a Tunisian restaurant, and soon there will be two. In Maple Miller Plaza, Susan Thomas and Khaled Houamed plan to open El Harissa Market Café, a Tunisian café, deli, and market, in the former Mercado...

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The Re-Wilding of Waterloo

As early as 1834, pioneers bought up tracts of government land and began clearing it for farms in what is now the Waterloo Recreation Area. A hundred years later, during the Great Depression, many descendants of these pioneers...

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Sampling the Holidays

If you believe every day is a holiday somewhere in the world, you can begin to prove your case along both sides of three blocks of Packard just past Platt. The area in what old-time Ann Arborites call East Ann Arbor is now our...

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Basketball Blessings

U-M basketball coach John Beilein has an unusual problem this year: too much talent.Beilein has four proven players returning, and two of these, point guard Trey Burke and swing player Tim Hardaway Jr., have NBA potential....

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Street Language

Overheard at west-side polling places in November were pronunciations that infuriate Old West Siders: Lutz pronounced “lutts,” Bach pronounced “bock,” Revena pronounced “ravenna”–and all...

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Neon revival

For years people walking by the Ann Arbor Bus Depot on West Huron shook their heads at its sad state of decay. Out-of-towners often thought it was no longer in use, while many townies assumed that the owner, Bill Martin, was too...

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More Better Pot

“It’s the best dope I’ve had in years,” says an anonymous local pothead. “The first time I smoked it, I laughed and laughed and laughed.”He’s not the only satisfied customer. For years,...

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