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Downtown Ann Arbor Extends Outdoor Spaces & Celebrates "Downtown Day" As Proclaimed By The Governor

Sep 24, 2020

Downtown Ann Arbor
Credit Maura Thomson / Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

Between a declaration from the governor and an extension of street closures, downtown Ann Arbor is expected to remain busy despite the continuing pandemic.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with the executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, Susan Pollay, about the latest efforts to keep the downtown area safely active during our current global health crisis.


Arcade in downtown Ann Arbor
Credit Maura Thomson / Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

The closure of some downtown Ann Arbor streets to allow for expanded social distance dining and shopping has been extended by the Ann Arbor City Council.

The executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, Susan Pollay, says she’s grateful to Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer for declaring this coming Saturday, September 26th “Downtown Day.”

She urges everyone to visit downtown Ann Arbor shops and restaurants to the extent they feel comfortable to do so.  Pollay says, "Think local, and support local."

She points to the many historic buildings in downtown Ann Arbor, many of which date back to before the pandemic of 1918 and are still standing, as a sign that we can all get through this together.

RESOURCES FOR DOWNTOWN ANN ARBOR:

Susan Pollay, executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.
Credit Susan Pollay

Main Street Area Association

State Street District

South University Area Association

Kerrytown District

Healthy Streets Project

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