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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

Downtown groups oppose 'Ypsitucky' name


DAY, YDDA pass resolutions asking for change

By Christine Laughren
May. 21, 2009    ·    10:12 a.m.

Two downtown Ypsilanti groups have passed resolutions opposing the term 'Ypsitucky' as the name of a bluegrass festival scheduled for September.

The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti and the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority passed the resolutions Wednesday evening and this morning, respectively.

Karyn Maurer, YDDA board member, proposed the resolution at this morning's meeting. The resolution states the use of the name Ypsitucky in a community event is a "derogatory and negative stereotype that is not in keeping with the Blueprints report adopted by the YDDA."

"I think it’s a stupid business decision to create a name like that," YDDA board member Scotty James said at this morning's meeting. "You can't promote this festival on a broader scale because nobody is going to know what Ypsitucky means.

"It just seems awkward," he said.

The Depot Town Community Development Corporation, a non-profit that operates Riverside and Frog Island parks, is promoting the Ypsitucky Jamboree as an event to raise money for the preservation and maintenance of the local parks.

The DTCDC faced opposition to the name at a Human Relations Commission meeting Monday evening. HRC board chair Clifford Larkins asked that those opposed and not opposed to the name sit down with a mediator to discuss the issue. As an alternative the HRC could forward the issue on to city council.

Andy French, DTCDC board member, announced last night that the DTCDC would be willing to make some concessions but asked the festival keep its Ypsitucky name, at least for this year.

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