Ypsilanti

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Ah, Depot Town, Riverside Park, Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti is all about the perfect summer festival. Its walkable neighborhoods boast vintage housing to die for and its downtown historic district is the third largest in Michigan -- only Detroit and Grand Rapids have larger ones. Its independent music and art scenes are thriving, and it boasts a diversity and community spirit very few other Metro Detroit cities can touch.

Grab a sandwich at Beezy's Cafe. Catch an outre performance at the Dreamland Puppet Theatre. Down a Michigan brew at Frog Island or Corner Brewery. Check out the latest art show at Riverside Gallery or lust after an antique architectural find at Materials Unlimited.

At nearly 200 years old, this storied community's history has yet to be written. After all, name another city in Michigan that holds an annual summer festival dedicated to Elvis and the annual DIY fest, the Shadow Art Fair?
A participant at the Girl Magic event.
Ypsilanti Community High School students stand by their mural at the Ypsilanti Farmers Market downtown.

Ypsi students unveil new murals on agriculture, Underground Railroad


Brad Angle, Melinda Ann O'Neill and Makinley Angle at 17 North

New businesses proliferate on downtown Ypsi's Washington Street


Volunteers and cyclists work together at the Ypsi Bike Co-Op.

Ypsi Bike Co-Op nears end of successful first season


Ozone House Executive Director Katie Doyle
Zac Fosler and Marquan Jackson at New Parkridge

Rethinking and revamping Ypsi's public housing


Participants at work at a recent GLOWorkshop.
Kayj Michelle
Mark Maynard stands in front of Deja Vu.
FlexRide logo.
Wings painted on the side of Educate Youth clubhouse.

Art project invites kids to build giant wings across Ypsi


La Torre Taqueria's beef tacos.

5 hidden gems of Washtenaw County's food scene


Linda French outside of Sidetrack Bar & Grill

Digging into Depot Town's latest resurgence


Attendees at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Noah Rucker at the Parkridge Community Garden
SensiTile's sparkling, light-bending architectural materials used at makeup company Lancome's store in New York City.

Ypsi Township's SensiTile continues slow but steady growth


Over 100 residents packed the Ypsilanti Freighthouse for the special meeting.
Rachel Blistein and U'nique Haywood.

YCS @ Work program prepares Ypsi students to pursue dream careers