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Old Posted Nov 20, 2008, 6:58 AM
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Hot Cold Hot Cold My Hood 4th Ward Ann Arbor Michigan

I was up on the roof of my apartment building today getting some shots when I decided to walk around town for some more. This thread will feature pictures of Ann Arbor's 4th Ward as well as the State & Liberty Commercial Districts that adjoin the University of Michigan. I'll post U of M and downtown Ann Arbor pictures in a separate thread.

These photos are cold and somewhat depressing so I've mixed in some from late September to heat it back up


Looking South Toward the University over Cornwell Place neighborhood



Looking Northwest over the Huron River Valley. In the center of the photo you can see a train pulling into town from Chicago. It's been really convenient having the Amtrak Station a couple blocks form my house as well as cheap daily trips to Chicago.



The east end of the 4th ward is flanked by ugly parking structures and research buildings. Permanent residents have feared the specter of highrise development invading their neighborhood from almost every direction. Proposed buildings from 5 to 45 stories have all been shot down one by one. Based on the architecture of some of these buildings that rose in the 60's, you'll understand why.













Uh oh.



I'd be less concerned about height of buildings and more about these paint schemes. I thought this was a "historic district."





University of Michigan's North Quad student housing rising.







It's an R AM Stern building, so I trust it will be done right.



Getting too cold? Let's move back to September





















Nickel's Arcade. Ann Arbor's earliest "shopping mall."



Switch back to the holidays





I'm happy to say this remains a successful retail arcade to this day.





Looking toward campus. More of this in a thread to come.



Ann Arbor's tallest, and not exactly the most attractive. This city has a really odd skyline, and most of the taller buildings remain close to campus as opposed to downtown.



Looking back down State Street.


Burton Memorial Bell Tower and Hill Auditorium. The acoustics are so good that apparently you can hear someone speak without a microphone on stage all the way up on the third level due to the auditorium's spherical shape. During my undergraduate years, a group of us went backstage of a Ludacris concert via underground tunnels from a neighboring building.



The edge of campus looking toward town.



Now from above







Borders Store #1, the first Borders Book Store started here...actually in a neighboring building. This particular location was formerly a department store. After Borders outgrew their first location they moved down the block, and a well known American retail chain was born.





Interesting story about this alley. Murals used to cover the walls, but over time they became covered with graffiti. It was tolerated both by authorities and even the artist, so the paint has changed over time. However, a couple months ago someone paint rolled all the walls white (not the owners). The police were called and are seeking out who covered up all the graffiti with white paint. If found, they could face vandalism charges. However, the problem has recently begun to go away, and graffiti has returned covering up the roller vandal's white rectangle.



That is bubble gum on that wall.


Our newest private student housing project. Another 18 story one is to rise on the low brown building on the right. If you are wondering what rents are in this area, a resident in this new building will pay about $1000/month I believe. Apartments around my neighborhood range from $750-$1200/month for a one bedroom. So it's a relatively attractive housing option being so close to the business areas and campus. South of campus in the "student ghetto" rents are much lower.




Later this week....Downtown


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Old Posted Nov 20, 2008, 7:08 AM
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Great pics! They give a real feel for the place.
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Nice student ghetto y'all got there. And it looks like the university is a sort of gentrification force in those neighborhoods.

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I've always been jealous of Nickel's Arcade. It would make so much sense for many other cities to have something like this instead of those ineffective pedestrian malls like Kalamazoo Mall and the former Washington Square in Lansing.

I really like the last pic. To be honest, I really like the physical aspects of Main better than those of State.
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Interesting town! Your pics make me want to see it in person. That arcade is beautiful and the few older apartment buildings you shot are really pretty.
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Nice looking place. Big universities always liven things up.
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Outstanding photos! I really need to do an Ann Arbor excursion one of these days. I think I'll wait until spring, though. Nickel's Arcade looks interesting.

The painting-over of the graffiti could be a metaphor for the urban cycle; it's an ongoing process of obliterating history and replacing it with something new, which eventually becomes historic itself and in turn is obliterated and replaced. Sometimes the new is quality and worthy of preservation for a little longer, and sometimes it isn't.

These two are my favorites. The night shot is crisp and detailed, and the autumn photo is flooded with a sort of golden light. Both have a feeling of presence.



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I have to admit it does look pretty good.
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HQ for the team UP NORTH. Gorgeous town, it will be flatened this Saturday when Michigan goes 9-3! GO BUCKS!
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Never seen what Ann Arbor looked like and I was always curious. Great photos, thanks!
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*The obligatory 'Muck Fichigan!' and 'Ann Arbor is a whore!' comments from a Buckeye*

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Nice work Hayward!
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Great pics! Love that town.
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A2 is the ultimate college town with U-M being not only a star among public universities, but the real model for most of the flagship state universities in the nation. A2 is a winner, so let's say hail to this victorious city and be thankful for this great photo spread.
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Gotta love a prime example of a nice, small-to-mid-sized college town. I have been waiting for someone to do an Ann Arbor thread, so thanks...and I can't wait for the ones to come!

On a side note, I really wish arcades were produced more around the country; they are an ideal form of urban retailing, IMO, and the one there in Ann Arbor is a fantastic example.
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Looks real nice.
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Great looking town. I can't believe I've never been up there.
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Great pics. They take me back to my grad school days. I was there when Borders was in their old location, the current Cosi's, near the State Theater, which was an Urban Outfitters. Back then, the employee's had to take a test to determine what department they should work in. Seemed like everyone who worked there had a graduate degree.

When did they turn the theater back into, you know, a theater?

Look forward to seeing the next set.
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