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After the Snow, Quiet Afternoon in Ann Arbor

Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

Downtown Ann Arbor is now basked in sunshine, and the sidewalks are cleared, but that doesn’t mean people are venturing out just yet.  Main Street remains a little quieter than normal Wednesday afternoon, following another snowstorm.

With few people walking around, homeless individuals struggle in efforts to get assistance.  Amanda was asking for help to get a motel room for her husband and their baby.  She says snowy days pose real challenges.

Amanda says people are still really generous but there just aren’t as many around when the weather is like it was today.  She says there are a lot more homeless people in Ann Arbor than what you can see on the streets.

Businesses also are feeling the aftereffects of the latest round of winter.  Perry Kiddle works at the Moosejaw store on Main Street and says there haven't been too many customers.

Moosejaw employee talks about how slow business has been thanks to the snowstorm.

Kiddle says the last few months have been good for the store in terms of selling winter gear, thanks to all of the snow and cold.  However he says most stores don’t have much winter clothes left to sell so he’s ready for it to be warm.

Staff at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library say it’s been a typical day, despite Ann Arbor Public Schools being closed due to the snow.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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