Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ann Arbor hottest new market is Lucky's

Last night, my sister and I went to soft opening the soft opening of Lucky's Market's brand new Ann Arbor store. The grocery store is located in the old Kroger building on South Industrial. There is something especially nice about a brand new, clean grocery store with tall piles of bright produce.

Lucky's has a good selection of great looking produce. Yes, that is turmeric in the bottom right. 

My initial impression is that Lucky's fills an important niche in Ann Arbor's foodscape. They offer high quality food, but they also seem to be conscious of price.

Update from Mayor Taylor

Earlier this month, Mayor Taylor shared this update on current issues in the city. This covers a huge range of issues, and it's interesting reading.

One highlight is that we'll see a lot of road repairs this year—more than last year—which should make driving more comfortable in 2016. And there's a statement on the shooting of Aura Rosser.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tell the AAPD how it's doing

The Ann Arbor Police Department last week posted two online surveys to measure perceptions of safety in the city and satisfaction with interactions with the police department.

I'd encourage you, dear reader, to take a few minutes to complete those surveys when you have a chance. It certainly can't hurt anything, and they're anonymous.

Police Chief John Seto says in the city's press release, "The perspectives shared on these surveys will help us as we strive to provide the best possible service to the community."

The AADL's Ann Arbor News archives: photos and factoids

I had the good fortune on Monday to join a tour of the AADL facility where they're housing and digitizing the Ann Arbor News archives, along with archives of other local newspapers and some other interesting stuff. The tour was organized by friend of Damn Arbor, Patti Smith, for the local nonprofit A2Geeks.

The man in the striped shirt is Andrew MacLaren.

We were met by Andrew MacLaren, one of the AADL's archivists, who gave us background information and guided us on the tour. The archives consist primarily of bound volumes of the News, photo negatives, and backfiles, plus the clip files the AADL maintained on its own.

Negative images of historical front pages greet visitors.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds judgment against Andrew Shirvell

This is old news at this point, but it just came across my Twitter feed tonight. I'll be brief…

Remember Andrew Shirvell, the former assistant attorney general who was fired in 2010 for harassing, defaming, and stalking Chris Armstrong, UM's first openly gay Michigan Student Assembly president?

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in January upheld a judgment denying his request for unemployment benefits. So it turns out that stalking and harassing people is still not a great idea, especially if you're a high-profile government employee.

Ann Arbor requests voluntary removal of cars from certain streets for snow plowing

I could not come up with a well-phrased version of this title :(

But at any rate, over the next month the city is going to perform some extra evening snow plowing on some neighborhood streets. And if you're on one of those streets, they would like you to move your car for a few hours so they can do a good job.

Head over to this article on the city's site for a list of roads, dates, and times.

edited to add:

I just recently discovered the many email lists the city will let you subscribe to. On their website, you can subscribe to updates on…well, just about anything Ann Arbor-related!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ann Arbor in Podcast

If you're looking for a nice Friday diversion at the office today, check out 99% Invisible, Episode 83: Heyoon. It's about a strange object located in a field north of Ann Arbor.
If that doesn't do it for you, there's also Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 171: Gene Buttman, Live in Ann Arbor. Recorded live at the AADL in 2011, this episode features a shoutout to Deputy Director Eli Neiburger.
Gentle readers, do you have a favorite Ann Arbor-centric podcast episode, or a favorite Ann Arbor-based podcast?

h/t: @emilbeckwilcox for the 99% Invisible episode.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nerd Nite A2 #22 tomorrow

Ann Arbor's 22nd Nerd Nite is tomorrow at Live. There will be presentations on (not) curing cancer, and games as a form of storytelling. I'm most excited about the presentation on the geography of students in Ann Arbor as it pertains to local elections. Should be fascinating. Door's are at 6:30 and the AADL is covering the admission fee.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Paczki Day

Our friends at Sister Pie in Detroit are working at the cutting edge of paczki technology.

Here are my thoughts on where to get paczki today. If you want to go that authentic route, you could go to Hamtramck. EJ has a fondness for the New Martha Washington Bakery. That said, if you are reading this, it may already be too late. If you are looking for something wonderful and exciting and are in Detroit (or willing to drive) you will not want to miss Sister Pie's 2015 model year paczki. The "pieraczki" a pierogi-paczki hybrid looks especially exciting. It's a potato flour pączek stuffed with a potato cheddar cheese filling.

If you are planning on staying in Washtenaw County, Dom Bakeries in on Wasntenaw in Ypsilanti has a very good reputation. If you're on the west side, Dimo's Deli and Donuts, is also reputed to have excellent paczki.