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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

DAY plans spontaneous ‘siesta’ downtown this afternoon

The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti discussed a spontaneous 'siesta' at their meeting Wednesday night. Slated for 4:45 p.m., people and business owners are asked to walk around downtown as commuters pass by on Michigan Avenue. Photo by Dan DuChene

The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti discussed a spontaneous 'siesta' at their meeting Wednesday night. Slated for 4:45 p.m., people and business owners are asked to walk around downtown as commuters pass by on Michigan Avenue.

Group looks forward as Crossroads fundraising wraps up

By Dan DuChene
Jul. 16, 2009    ·    2:19 a.m.

Downtown business owners and Ypsilanti residents are being called to the streets this afternoon in a spontaneous marketing tactic.

Members of the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti are calling the move afternoon siestas, which will take place every Thursday at 4:45 p.m., starting today.

Instituting afternoon siestas was discussed at the group’s meeting Wednesday night. David Austin, DAY chair, said it will be a time for merchants and residents to come downtown, bring a “legal” drink like iced tea or lemonade, wear a funny hat and converse with each other.

“Let the people see us,” Austin said. “It should be fun.”

Austin said people driving home might notice the foot traffic while driving on Michigan Avenue after work and wonder what is going on. He said it might garner attention and bring people out to the Crossroads Music Festival Friday.

“I would be interested to know what is going on,” Austin said. “That’s kind of the fun, the spontaneity.”

Mark Swanson, a DAY member and owner of Terry’s Bakery downtown, said he might bake some brownies for the event. John Coleman, who owns LookInTheAttic, suggested people bring balloons, the family and strollers and walk around.

To help raise money for Crossroads, DAY will be hosting two fundraisers through local businesses this month.

“It looks like we’re in good order to cover costs this year,” said Kevin Hill, a DAY member said, at the meeting.

After receiving $10,000 in funding from the Downtown Development Association this year, the group had to raise $7,000. Most of the costs for the outdoor concert series, which runs every Friday during the summer months, arise from sound equipment.

Local bands Just Jill and the Mobsters will be playing at the Tap Room Saturday from 9 p.m. until the bar closes. Admission is $5, all of which will benefit the festival.

Additionally, volunteers from the organization will be guest bartenders at Pub 13 on July 30 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. All of the tips collected at the bar during that time will go to benefit the concert series.

Hill said that when the festival, which has been attracting hundreds of people downtown every week, the DAY would like to create revenue for other projects to bring people downtown, like advertising local businesses.

“Rather than have the entire emphasis on Crossroads,” Hill said, “we’ve made a commitment to try and generate revenue streams beyond that.”

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