It's great to be able to watch city council meetings online. And if you're into Twitter you should totally follow @vielmetti, @a2chronicle, @juliewbee and @ryanjstanton, all of whom provide live tweetentary during the meetings. As great as all this is, wouldn't it be great if there was some public or semi-public place where folks could gather together and watch the meetings while learning about the civic issues at hand? Specifically I'd really like a place where we could project the meetings on a large screen and also drink. I think it would be a great way to get more (young) people engaged in city politics AND finally codify the rules for the Ann Arbor City Council Drinking Game. I'd also like to not pay anything for the privilege of using the space. I understand that some local establishments have the audacity to charge money in exchange for the exclusive usage of a space by a group of people. That said, I'm sure we could come to some arrangement where some local business would "sponsor" the City Council Viewing Party in exchange for free advertising on Damn Arbor for a month. That's a $50 dollar value.
Gentle readers, I'd really like to make these viewing parties happen. If you have any suggestions about where we could have the party, let me know. Also, if you happen to own a local brewery with, say an annex space, where we could watch the meetings, drop me a line. I promise we will buy a lot of beer.