How much housing is being built?

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no one:me: “Here’s a pile of data for the last decade on population and housing…” We are not in a building boom here in Washtenaw County. Notes on sources: population figures 2009-2017 are ACS 5-year estimates (B01003, “total population”) # housing units 2009-2017 are ACS 5-year estimates (B25001) # new housing units (all years) are… Read more »

Why oh why is the rent too damn high?

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Two recent tweets from mgoblog sent me down a Census data rabbit hole this weekend: Ann Arbor’s MSA (which is Washtenaw County) had 514 new housing starts last year for a population of 350k, which is about 25% worse than than the lowest number on this graph. 397 were single family homes. https://t.co/6PCI69s472 https://t.co/PRHmCAN5LW— mgoblog… Read more »

Interrogating NIMBY Folk Wisdom. Or, Thoughts on Parking.

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The Ann Arbor Observer provides a window into a particular subset of local life. I have fond childhood memories of reading occasional copies of the Observer brought up north by visiting family. And now as a long-time resident, I eagerly dig in when it arrives. The “Marketplace Changes” column rarely disappoints, offering up endearing (and… Read more »

The first rule of Chicken Club

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The first rule of Chicken Club is everything wants to eat your chickens. If you’re going to have animals, you need to be prepared for them to die. Sometimes prematurely. Last night something opened the coop, climbed in, and killed our chickens. The timing and the carnage point to maybe a raccoon or an opossum… Read more »

More Buses, More Bikes, More Walking: Why I’m voting YES on May 6

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On May 6, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsi, and Ypsi Township will have the opportunity to vote on a millage to support improved public transit for our communities. Here’s why I’m voting YES… I live in the rather pretentiously named but decidedly modest “Upper Water Hill” neighborhood. We’re the less-hipster-more-hill sibling of “Water Hill.” I love… Read more »