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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

Wireless Ypsi looking to future after impressive year

Wireless Ypsi is looking to expand its already well-used service throughout Ypsilanti and the region, including city parks and public housing developments. Photo by Wireless Ypsi

Wireless Ypsi is looking to expand its already well-used service throughout Ypsilanti and the region, including city parks and public housing developments.
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Free internet brings people with computers to local businesses

By Christine Laughren
Feb. 2, 2009    ·    2:02 p.m.


Wireless Ypsi celebrated its first year Sunday.

Ypsilanti residents Steve Pierce and Brian Robb started Wireless Ypsi in January 2008 with the goal of bringing free broadband wireless access to Ypsilanti and surrounding communities.

Wireless Ypsi is a collaboration between local residents and business owners to leverage local infrastructure in order to provide broadband wireless access to Ypsilanti. Wireless Ypsi uses San Francisco-based Meraki Network's hardware to provide a free community wireless Internet service.

Since last year, Wireless Ypsi has topped 12,750 users and 6.5 terabytes.

Terabytes are the unit of measurement to describe the amount of data moved across the network. There are 1 trillion bytes, or 1000 gigabytes, in a terabyte.

“That’s a freaking lot of data moved around in a single year,” Pierce said.

The network initially started with 15 access points around the community. Since then, it has grown to over 150 access points and covers nearly two miles of Ypsilanti and the surrounding area.

"The numbers are amazing,” Pierce said. “Over 500 people a day are using Wireless Ypsi."

Robb said he is amazed by the number of people frequenting Downtown and Depot Town who are bringing computers into shops and restaurants to work and visit.

“Wireless Ypsi has demonstrated that Ypsilanti is part of Washtenaw County's high-tech culture,” Robb said. “Free Internet access is just one more reason to come visit Ypsilanti.”

In its second year, Wireless Ypsi expects to double its service again, expanding coverage into Riverside and Frog Island Parks as well as working with the Ypsilanti Housing Commission and area agencies to provide coverage for hundreds of residents in at-risk neighborhoods.

Pierce said he hopes by this time next year Wireless Ypsi will have all the Housing Commission properties set up with free Internet. He said he is most excited about the Housing Commission project and helping to facilitate Internet education for low-income families.

“There are literally thousands of people in Ypsi, that for a variety of reasons can’t or don’t know how to use the Internet,” he said.

Wireless Ypsi also plans to go after some grant money from the State in the new year to purchase four solar powered wireless nodes for the Ypsilanti community.

Wireless Ypsi networks have also been started in Dearborn, Lincoln Park, and Trenton as well as Wayne County's Elizabeth Park. Pierce said Downtown Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake are the most recent communities to host a Wireless Ypsi node.



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