Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: June 21, 2022


Gentle readers, please join us tonight for a special Solstice edition of #a2Council. Here's the agenda

The evening kicks of with a moderately deep, 23-item consent agenda. Of note, CA-1 and CA-2, street closures for the 4th of July Parade and the Firefighter Spray Park, respectively. CA-7 is on a contract for the re-surfacing of Platt Road. As we approach routine street resurfacing projects I think that it's really important to make sure that every street, especially major ones like Platt, has protected bike infrastructure. The data on this is clear, it makes the road safer for all road users, and gets more people biking. Biking is the most efficient way of transporting people, and we need to make sure that biking is easy and safe as we build for the future. 

There is one public hearing on the agenda this evening. PH-1/DB-1 is a public hearing on the annexation of a 5.74 acre parcel of associated with a somewhat confusingly named development, The Village of Ann Arbor, at 2600 Pontiac Trail. 

Further down the docket, we come to the resolutions. DC-1 is a resolution to appoint non-registered electors to a boards and commissions. DC-2 authorizes a settlement in Mark Jonker and Pasithorn Suwanabol v. City of Ann Arbor and Cadillac Asphalt, L.L.C.. The city will spend $10,000 in settling a lawsuit stemming from a flooding incident. DC-3 is a contract for installing solar on city property. 

And that's all there is. What items are you most looking forward to seeing? Hopefully we will see you there. The CTN stream starts at 7 pm. Make sure you follow the action on the #a2Council hashtag.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Fruit Forecast: mulberries, juneberries, and cherries, oh my

It's mid June and fruit trees are beginning to ripen. This forecast focuses primarily on urban Washtenaw County. If you live in the northwest of the county, things spring might be a week or two behind. If you live closer to Detroit, fruits might be ripening a bit faster. Keep an eye out for hungry birds, they can strip a tree of ripe berries quickly. On to the forecast. 


Mulberries, with some berries approaching peak ripeness

The most frequent mulberry you are going to find is Morus alba, the Eurasian white mulberry. The fruit, when ripe, ranges from deep purple to white. These berries (actually a multiple of drupes) are just a few days away from peak. With the heat and rain this week. I'd expect them to be perfect by the weekend.


A few of these Juneberries are becoming edible

Whether you call them juneberries, saskatoon berries, servicesberries, or shadberries, there's one question on everyone's mind: when will these petit purple pomes peak? In my neighborhood at least, there were a few berries just becoming palatable this morning. I'd expect most juneberries to peak early next week. Keep your eyes on your favorite juneberry bushes.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: June 06, 2022

It's council night in Ann Arbor. Here's the agenda.

The evening kicks off with a deep, 30-item consent agenda. Only one sreet closure on the agenda: CA-2, for Festifall. It will be interesting to see if anything gets pulled tonight.

There is also an ordinace first reading for a routine township island annexation (C-1). I normally don't normally comment on these, but this rezoning would make this parcel R1A. Single family zoning is terrible, but R1A is particularly obscene. It mandates a nearly half acre lot size. Ann Arbor should not have single family zoning, but this exurban zoning has no place in Ann Arbor.

Further down the agenda, we get to the night's only resolution. DC-1 is a resolution to recommend approval of new liquor licenses.

And that's all there is. What items are you most looking forward to seeing? Hopefully we will see you there. The CTN stream starts at 7 pm. Make sure you follow the action on the #a2Council hashtag.

Friday, June 3, 2022

NPNA Yard Sale is tomorrow

After a COVID hiatus, the Normal Park Neighborhood Association Yard Sale is back. This year, over 70 homes will be hosting sales. If you've never checked out Ypsilanti's premier multi-home yeard sale, you won't want to miss it. The sale is officially from 9-4. See you there.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

iFFY Starts Tonight


Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti is back.  The festival runs thought through Saturday with screenings at 7pm and 9pm at the Riverside Arts Center. Masking is required, due to high COVID levels in the county.

iFFY features independently-made films including animation and documentary. I am particularly excited about tonight's showings: the 7pm showing features Michigan-made films and the 9pm showing is a documentary about Hamtramck.

I asked one of the festival programmer, Hafsah Mijinyawa, what she was most excited about this year. Here's what she had to say:

This will technically be our first *official* in-person presentation of the festival's programming and I think I can speak for the whole IFFY team when I say that I'm mostly excited to finally be able to share a stellar crop of films with our community live and in the flesh! Our programming speaks for itself, it's been curated with a ton of intention and passion from our small but mighty team, and it does a great job of offering a bit of a sampler of genres, vibes, and moods. Part of our intention is to elevate local voices as much as possible, and showcase the amazing creative talent we have among us. And in addition, we look to bring smart, evocative perspectives from a truly diverse range of communities, both social and global. I think everyone will find something they enjoy and hopefully something new that they didn't expect to love. All in all, I hope that the festival introduces folks to something that gets them thinking and maybe even inspires them.
iFFY runs tonight through Saturday, June 4th. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance. The festival organizers suggest buying tickets in advancce because space is limited.

Check out the festival trailer below: