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Thank you Ypsilanti
By Dan DuChene & Christine Laughren
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   5:07 p.m.

Christine Laughren and Dan DuChene, co-owners of the Ypsilanti Citizen, pose in front of their company's banner at Frenchie's during the Citizen's one-year anniversary party.

The Ypsilanti Citizen was launched in November 2008 to inform the Ypsilanti community about the news and events that were happening in their area.

Since our launch,...read more

Crossroads Summer Festival; rockin’ ladies night
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   4:37 p.m.

Barbara Payton and the Big Boss Trio rock Washington Street.

A special Ladies Night was held Friday at the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Just...read more

Crossroads to hold Ladies Night for Relay for Life
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   9:13 a.m.

On June 11, the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival featured a rousing opening set from roots and blue grass band Dragon Wagon.

Dragon Wagon was joined on...read more

Electric rail pollution leads to dirty laundry
By Laura Bien
Jun. 15, 2010   ·   11:42 a.m.

From the approximate vantage point of the present-day Materials Unlimited, the interurban car barn and powerhouse on Michigan Avenue loomed large.

Maggie Smith was not looking forward to a forenoon of sewing pleats.

She put down her newest customer’s summer dress. Downstairs, she offered to get potatoes...read more

EMU students in wartime
By Laura Bien
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:32 a.m.

The 1942 Aurora yearbook, the 50th
anniversary edition, included images that contrasted modern and
old-time students.

Leroy Grindle was an Ypsilantian soldier who lost his life in WWII. He was a member of the Michigan Normal (EMU) class of ’41, and is memorialized with a black...read more

Beal upset with City Council decision

Ypsilanti Farmers Market

Letter to the Editor

By Stewart Beal
Mar. 3, 2010    ·    1:56 a.m.


I am as sad about City Council's vote [Tuesday night] as I am about the fire. I am particularly disgusted by the blatantly disingenuous and false comments made by Councilmember Pete Murdock, who continued to demonstrate his inability to offer any intelligent or meaningful contribution to a discussion being held in council chambers.

Tonight City Council had a choice, to continue to support a 26-year-old entrepreneur who has invested his entire adult life in improving real estate in the city or to do everything in their power to make a extremely difficult project even more difficult.

Tonight City Council did the citizens of Ypsilanti a disservice because:

+Tomorrow morning I will be hiring an attorney instead of hiring a brick masons and carpenters.

+I will be investigating defensive measures, instead of investigating how we can obtain financing to redevelop the building.

+I will spend many days in court over the next several months that could be better spent improving the built environment in the city.

+The city of Ypsilanti will be paying a city attorney with [residents'] tax dollars to take legal action against me, instead of using that money to fund its public safety department.

I will absolutely meet with Mr. Ed Koryzno and will do so immediately. I am confident that without the distraction of Mr. Murdock blubbering, rational thought will prevail. I am now more than ever determined to redevelop the Thompson Block, more determined than ever to work with the city of Ypsilanti and more than ever determined to complete this project. I would also like to thank councilmembers Robb, Bodary, Richardson, Swanson, Nickels and Mayor Schreiber for their continued support.

Related article:
City Council denies extension for Thompson Block

-Editor's Note-
The Ypsilanti Citizen welcomes letters from the community to run in our opinions page. To send a letter to the editor, visit our contact us page, or send an e-mail to editor@ypsiciti.com.

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