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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

New Web videos showcase city

This screen capture of a promotional video on the city's Web page is of Mayor Paul Schreiber introducing the Ypsilanti Photo by City of Ypsilanti

This screen capture of a promotional video on the city's Web page is of Mayor Paul Schreiber introducing the Ypsilanti "virtual tour."

Promotional ‘virtual tour’ clips created at no expense

By Dan DuChene
Jan. 15, 2009    ·    1:52 a.m.

With the low temperatures this week, a “virtual tour” of Ypsilanti from the comfort of home doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

Ten short videos, showcasing some of the city’s attractions, were posed on the city’s Web site this week. The series, introduced by Mayor Paul Schreiber, focuses on Ypsilanti’s restaurants, businesses, schools, parks and history.

“It gives us a chance to show what the city has to offer,” said Assistant City Manager April McGrath.

Produced by New York-based marketing video firm CGI Communications, the videos were created at no cost to the city. The city had applied for the opportunity through the United States Council of Mayors and was one of several cities in Michigan to have the videos produced.

Ypsilanti is one of more than 30 Michigan cities listed on CGI’s Web site.

McGrath said the city had applied to have the videos produced about a year ago. She said the footage was shot late last spring. Though most of the format for the videos was already laid out by the production company, staff was able to have some input in creating the clips.

“We made them as un-cheesy as possible,” McGrath said. “We’re very pleased with them.”

When approached with the project, she said staff got involved and helped with writing the script, choosing shooting locations and choosing photographs for the video. She said Ypsilanti’s videos fair quite well compared to other cities’.

“You can see some where (cities) were probably just given a list and just filled out the information,” McGrath said.

She said she thinks the videos add something to the city’s Web site, and could be useful promotion material for the city in the future.

There are some advertising spots located on the video player’s window. The revenue generated from those local-advertisers goes to CGI.

The videos can be seen by clicking this link.

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