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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Controversial 'Ypsitucky' name changed to 'The Jamboree'

The name of the bluegrass and roots music festival set for September in Riverside Park has been changed to Photo by DTCDC

The name of the bluegrass and roots music festival set for September in Riverside Park has been changed to "The Jamboree."
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DTCDC says neutral name denotes regional event

By Christine Laughren
Jun. 18, 2009    ·    1:02 p.m.


It is simply called, "The Jamboree."

After much debate the Depot Town Community Development Corporation decided that would be the name of its bluegrass and roots festival scheduled September 4 and 5 in Riverside Park.

The original "Ypsitucky Jamboree" name has been drawing heat from community members who have said the name was offensive.

DTCDC board member Merrill Guerra announced at Wednesday evening's Depot Town Association meeting the name would be changed to the "Rustbelt Roots Jamboree." However, organizers asked the name be kept under wraps until it was finalized.

Erik Dotzauer, director of the DTCDC, said after receiving community feedback about its “rustbelt” name the board voted to drop that name as well.

“We sat on it for a day talked to a bunch of people in the community and got a fairly negative response to the name,” Dotzauer said this afternoon. “Some said the word “rustbelt” had negative connotations.”

Dotzauer said the DTCDC does not wish to stir up any more controversy surrounding the name of the music festival. He said calling it “The Jamboree” would denote a regional event as opposed to adding “Ypsilanti” to the name. He said a tagline beneath the name might say something about where the festival is held.

“We’re looking for a name the whole community can support,” Dotzauer said.

Steve Pierce, who was in opposition to the “Ypsitucky” name said he likes the new name.

“I think it’s a great idea,” he said.

Pierce also said he was frustrated the DTCDC chose not to solicit ideas for new names with community organizations. The group solicited ideas on the local blog www.markmaynard.com.

“They should have reached out to the community by going to the neighborhood associations or they should have approached the Downtown Merchants Association or the DDAs,” Pierce said. “As far as the names that they picked, I think they are fine.

“I hope we move forward and I will do what I can to help,” he said.

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