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Longform Jonathan Thomas-Palmer of Flipping Physics.

Physics gone viral: Ann Arbor teacher finds global audience with colorful physics videos

Those who don't know Jonathan Thomas-Palmer in his capacity at Community High recognize him from his popular YouTube channel, Flipping Physics, which has over 100,000 subscribers.

Feature Story YMCA Bluewater, Child Care

Child care shortage: Nationwide crisis hitting home across Southeast Michigan

“Right now, we’re in dire straits," says the executive director of Child Care Network in Ann Arbor. She isn't alone. As the nationwide child care crisis rolls on, here’s what Michigan child care providers are experiencing regionally in Port Huron, Detroit, and Ann Arbor.

Development News A rendering of the planned Title IX Plaza.

Planned Title IX Plaza in Dexter will spotlight stories of local women in sports

Organizers are seeking inspiring stories of local women in sports to feature in the planned plaza at Dexter-Huron Metropark in Dexter.

Development News A rendering of the proposed development at 121 E. Catherine St.

Community forum uplifts Black history of planned affordable housing development site in Ann Arbor

Located in what is now commonly known as Kerrytown, the site at Fourth Avenue and Catherine was once a part of Ann Arbor’s historically Black neighborhood, then known as the West Side. 

Innovation News Youth participate in a Voices of Youth journalism workshop in April.

Concentrate to launch program spotlighting youth perspectives on Washtenaw County

Through a new program called Voices of Youth, we've been working with local youth to create content on the issues that are important to them, as well as deploying adult journalists to interview youth on those issues.

Innovation News John E. Lawrence at Riverside Park.

After huge turnouts in 2021, free jazz concert series moves to bigger venue in Ypsi Township

This year's John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series will kick off July 1 and run every Friday evening through Labor Day weekend at Ford Lake Park.

Longform The new monument in Highland Cemetery honoring Black Civil War veterans who are buried in the cemetery.

New memorial in Ypsilanti's Highland Cemetery honors Black Civil War veterans

The memorial honors nearly 40 Black Civil War casualties or veterans who are likely buried in Ypsilanti’s historic Highland Cemetery.

Longform Regenerate! Orchestra founder/composer Clay Gonzalez.

Ann Arbor orchestra seeks to "de-homogenize" classical music by disrupting conventions

Regenerate! Orchestra performances usually feature contemporary compositions tailored to unconventional performance spaces, with audience members invited to wander among the musicians.

Longform Newspaper clippings at the Eastern Michigan University Archives memory swap .

25 years after passing non-discrimination ordinance, Ypsi reflects on fierce battle for LGBTQ rights

Although the ordinance outlawed discrimination on the basis of over a dozen characteristics, its protection of LGBTQ people sparked two formal challenges and lengthy public debate.

Innovation News Fifth Avenue Studios logo.

Ann Arbor District Library offers recording, consulting services to podcasters, musicians, and more

AADL is accepting proposals from audio creators who are interested in using the library's services, which include recording studio time; recording, editing, and mastering; consulting; and more.

Innovation News Michelle Hanke, a member of Our House's youth advisory board, created the design that was chosen for the new mural.

New youth-designed mosaic mural unveiled in downtown Ypsilanti

The new mural is the result of a year-long initiative involving contributions from nearly 100 community members.

Innovation News "Start" category winners at the Pitch @ WCC competition.

Mobile household product refill service, motor coach business lead WCC pitch competition winners

The "Start" category winner was Michigan Refillery, which aims to reduce single-use plastics by buying common household products in bulk and then refilling customers’ reusable containers. 

Longform Nimbus founder and CEO Lihang Nong with a Nimbus prototype.

From tiny electric cars to smart intersections: Washtenaw County's latest mobility innovations

We spoke to the people behind three of Washtenaw County’s latest mobility projects about how they are using technology to change our mobility landscape.

Longform Linda Mealing, Gwen Clayton, and Salieta Jenkins at the NWWNA Community Garden.

New farmers market, intergenerational programming coming to Ypsi Township's West Willow neighborhood

A new grant-funded pilot program will bring economic opportunity, fresh produce, and opportunities for intergenerational friendships to West Willow this summer and fall.

Development News A solar installation at 325 Prospect in Ypsilanti.

New Ypsilanti program offers $2,000 rebates on solar panel installations

The Grace Sweeney Solar Rebate Program was unanimously passed by Ypsilanti City Council on May 24, providing 40 rebates of $2,000 each to city residents interested in adding solar panels to their houses.

Innovation News The inaugural Bridging 23 Unity March, now known as the Unity Walk, in 2018.

"Unity Walk" from Ann Arbor to Ypsi returns after COVID hiatus

The walk's objective is to connect people in the neighboring communities of Ann Arbor and Ypsi through candid conversations and collaboration. 

Innovation News Doug Coombe describes this photo shoot with Ann Arbor band Saturday Looks Good to Me as one of his favorites. Frontman Fred Thomas suggested the idea of appearing to vomit flowers.

Veteran Ann Arbor music photographer Doug Coombe takes the spotlight in new exhibit

Doug Coombe has spent over 30 years exhaustively documenting Southeast Michigan's music scene, an artistic legacy that will be celebrated in an upcoming exhibit at Ann Arbor's CultureVerse gallery.

Longform FedUp executive director Anna Taylor-McCants.

Ann Arbor-based food truck offers free meals and support for those in need

One of Ann Arbor's newest food trucks, FedUp, is dedicated to addressing food injustice and food insecurity by offering free meals with a side of hope and dignity.

Longform Hafsah Mijinyawa, Natalia Rocafuerte, Toko Shiiki, and Donald Harrison at Riverside Arts Center.

Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti returns to original vision with three days of movies

The founders of the Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti will finally realize their vision for a multi-day event dedicated to movies at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti June 2-4.

Development News The High Point School entrance.

Fully rebuilt Ann Arbor school welcomes public back with open house

Washtenaw County’s school for students with severe and multiple disabilities welcomed community members to its first open house on May 19, following two years of construction and renovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.