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Earlier this month, Ann Arbor voters approved Proposal A, which would convert the old "Library Lot" in a new park and civic center.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Will Hathaway, one of the leaders of the Ann Arbor Central Park Ballot Committee, about the potential, environmental impacts the new park grounds may have on the city.


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Now that the votes have been counted, the winners and losers from the mid-term election begin to move forward based on election results.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, who was overwhelmingly elected to his third term, but at the same time lost the battle to defeat Proposal A, which was on the city ballot.  He talks about how he plans to move forward in light of that and about other city cares and concerns.


Alan Haber
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Ann Arbor voters approved Proposal A on Tuesday. It requires the city-owned "Library Lot"  be reserved for development of an urban park and civic center commons. Alan Haber is a member of  the Ann Arbor Committee for Community Commons and helped lead the petition drive that put Proposal A on the ballot. Haber joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair to discus the win and what comes next.


Jen Eyer
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Ann Arbor's Proposal A  won voter approval on Tuesday. It allows for creation of an urban park and civic center commons on the downtown 'Library Lot.'  Jen Eyer served as volunteer spokesperson for the  group, 'Voters for a Responsible Ann Arbor." That group sought to defeat Proposal A. So, what now? Eyer shares her thoughts in a conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair. 


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Passion and politics. Development versus preservation.  Controversy, divisiveness, and even litigation.  All of it surrounds a relatively small parcel of land in downtown Ann Arbor.  What happens next with the so-called “Library Lot” will be decided on November 6th.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has more on Ann Arbor’s Proposal A.


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The November general election is just over a week away, and there's still time to become more informed on what's on the ballot.  More information on Ann Arbor's Proposal A and getting a last-minute, absentee ballot are just some of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


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Over 130 people attended a panel discussion held at the downtown Ann Arbor Public Library branch Thursday night.  Proposal A, which will appear on the November 6th ballot in the City of Ann Arbor, was the topic of discussion.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.
 


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There's only two weeks left until the general election.  In the meantime, Ann Arbor will be hosting forums regarding the Library Lot and other issues, and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will discuss financial security.  These are just a few of these issues discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

Many events are coming up in the world of local politics, including meetings on several business developments in Ann Arbor and the possibility of a new Ann Arbor police commission.  These are just a few of the topics discussed by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan in this week's "Civic Matters."


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The November general election is getting closer, and more events are coming up to highlight the upcoming ballot.  Judicial races, affordable housing, and voter registration info are just some of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


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There are plenty of opportunities for civic and community engagement this week.  WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative  run them down for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters!" 


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Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities have been busy with such matters as a lawsuit involving the Library Lot and upcoming school board elections.  These are just a few of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


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Civic engagement opportunities abound in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County!  You may weigh in on the proposals of what Ann Arbor should do with the "Library Lot."  This week, you can learn about the University of Michigan's new budget and potential tuition changes.  Those are just a few of the topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan in "Civic Matters!" 


Ann Arbor
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There were four Ann Arbor City Council incumbents on Tuesday's primary election ballot.  Three of them have advanced to the November ballot. 


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor's city council could soon call a session to continue discussing the future of the controversial city-owned property known as the Library Lot.  But those who oppose its sale for a high-rise development are still hopeful it could be used for a park.  


Jason Frenzel
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The city of Ann Arbor has a new council member representing the first ward after council member Sabra Briere resigned to move to California.  


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor's city council is expected to appoint a new 1st ward council member tonight.


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It's still unknown if voters in Ann Arbor will see a Library Lot proposal on the November ballot.

 


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The Ann Arbor's clerk office is still in the process of verifying signatures from a petition that calls for voters to decide in November what should be done with the city's Library Lot

 


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Business owners in Ann Arbor are becoming more concerned about crime near Liberty Plaza after two people were stabbed in the park earlier this month.

   

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The city of Ann Arbor is getting some help in selling the Library Lot property above the Library Lane underground parking garage.

City Administrator Steve Powers says CBRE is a real estate firm with experience in this sort of transaction.

"CBRE will be helping develop with city staff the engagement plan, that engagement with stakeholders, that will be a key part of the process," says Powers.