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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

Ypsi DDA Promotions Committee begins planning for next year

Among other items, a Halloween-themed event was discussed as a possibility at the DDA's Promotions Committee meeting. Above, a chicken-loving group dresses for downtown Ypsilanti's Halloween event this year. Photo by File photo

Among other items, a Halloween-themed event was discussed as a possibility at the DDA's Promotions Committee meeting. Above, a chicken-loving group dresses for downtown Ypsilanti's Halloween event this year.
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Winter event, Valentine's Day, Halloween, pub crawl discussed

By David Gomez
Dec. 15, 2009    ·    3:39 p.m.


The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority’s Promotions Committee met Friday to discuss the ways it could promote a positive attitude toward the downtown area.

The meeting began with Linda French taking the helm as the DDA’s Promotions Committee Chair after a nomination from committee member Bob Barnes.

A discussion of the recent Starlight Shopping Spree was the next order of business. French said labeling the spree as a pure shopping event could be misleading.

“There isn’t much to do as far as a real shopping spree,” she said. “We don’t want patrons to have a bad opinion because there isn’t enough real shopping.”

Teresa Gillotti, Michigan State University Extension Community and Economic Development Educator, said the committee should market a positive attitude toward downtown to the many different groups of people in Ypsilanti to make downtown events like the Starlight Spree more successful.

Many in the group said children’s activities are a good way to create a successful event.

“People are always looking for things to do with their kids,” French said.

The theme of a winter wonderland was brought up many times by virtually all of the committee members. Activities for the event included carriage rides, ice skating, hot chocolate stands, free holiday photos, a pet parade and ice sculptures. A day of free admission to all the local museums to promote with the winter wonderland event was also considered.

Gillotti asked the committee to gather information about who came to the Starlight Spree and use it to build a winter event in the future.

The committee also talked about events it wants to undertake for the rest of the year. Ideas brought up in committee included a Valentine’s Day event, a Halloween event and a pub crawl that could take place during the Michigan Summer Beer Festival.

French suggested the whole city should decorate around both downtowns to give a flavor of what future festivals or events are coming and many on the committee said signage was important to promote events in downtown.

Committee member Scotty James felt that there should be a booth or attraction outside of admission-based festivals and events with information on local, free attractions. He said it would attract people who don’t want to pay to get into festivals, but would still bring business to the downtown area.

“The best thing they ever did for Elvis Fest was when they had a dunk tank outside of the park in downtown," James said. "It still gave people who didn’t want to pay to get into Elvis Fest a sense of what Elvis Fest is.”

The committee will use promotions planning in the coming year to try to persuade different groups of citizens to hang out in Ypsilanti’s downtown area and dissuade locals from driving to surrounding areas like Ann Arbor.

As the meeting wrapped up committee members were asked to come up with more ideas for future events. The members will bring their ideas to the next Promotions Committee meeting and project groups will be tasked with planning events for the coming year.

For Ypsilanti DDA committee meeting dates please check the Ypsilanti Citizen’s calendar.



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