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Several large city parks and a university park border sections of the Huron River. The Nichols Arboretum , owned by the University of Michigan , is a acre 50 ha arboretum that contains hundreds of plant and tree species. It is on the city's east side, near the university's Central Campus. Ann Arbor's residential neighborhoods contain architectural styles ranging from classic 19th- and early 20th-century designs to ranch-style houses.
Among these homes are a number of kit houses built in the early 20th century. Contemporary-style houses are farther from the downtown district. Tower Plaza , a story condominium building located between the University of Michigan campus and downtown, is the tallest building in Ann Arbor. Spring and autumn are transitional between the two. The area experiences lake effect weather, primarily in the form of increased cloudiness during late fall and early winter.
Snowfall, which normally occurs from November to April but occasionally starts in October, averages 58 inches cm per season. As of the U. Census, there were , people and 49, households residing in the city. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race made up 5. Census, there were , people, 20, families, and 47, households residing in the city.
Hispanic or Latino residents of any race made up 4. In , Ann Arbor had the second-largest community of Japanese citizens in the state of Michigan, at 1,; this figure trailed only that of Novi , which had 2, Japanese nationals. In , out of 47, households, Of the 20, family households, The average household size was 2. The median age was The University of Michigan shapes Ann Arbor's economy significantly.
It employs about 30, workers, including about 12, in the medical center. High tech , health services and biotechnology are other major components of the city's economy; numerous medical offices, laboratories, and associated companies are located in the city. Automobile manufacturers , such as General Motors and Visteon , also employ residents. Websites and online media companies in or near the city include All Media Guide , the Weather Underground , and Zattoo.
Ann Arbor is the home to Internet2 and the Merit Network , a not-for-profit research and education computer network. As of December 31, , the total market vacancy rate for office and flex space is The office vacancy rate decreased to Pfizer , once the city's second largest employer, operated a large pharmaceutical research facility on the northeast side of Ann Arbor.
On January 22, , Pfizer announced it would close operations in Ann Arbor by the end of In December , the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the purchase of the facilities, and the university anticipates hiring 2, researchers and staff during the next 10 years.
Borders Books , started in Ann Arbor, was opened by brothers Tom and Louis Borders in with a stock of used books. The Borders chain was based in the city, as was its flagship store until it closed in September Zingerman's has grown into a family of companies which offers a variety of products bake shop, mail order, creamery, coffee and services business education.
Many cooperative enterprises were founded in the city; among those that remain are the People's Food Co-op and the Inter-Cooperative Council at the University of Michigan , a student housing cooperative founded in Several performing arts groups and facilities are on the University of Michigan's campus, as are museums dedicated to art, archaeology , and natural history and sciences. Founded in , the University Musical Society is an independent performing arts organization that presents over 60 events each year, bringing international artists in music, dance, and theater.
Since Shakespeare in the Arb has presented one play by Shakespeare each June, in a large park near downtown. These small portals are examples of installation art and can be found throughout the downtown area. Multiple art galleries exist in the city, notably in the downtown area and around the University of Michigan campus.
The city is also home to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Several annual events—many of them centered on performing and visual arts—draw visitors to Ann Arbor. One such event is the Ann Arbor Art Fairs , a set of four concurrent juried fairs held on downtown streets. Scheduled on Thursday through Sunday of the third week of July, the fairs draw upward of half a million visitors.
Ann Arbor has a long history of openness to marijuana, given Ann Arbor's decriminalization of cannabis , the large number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city one dispensary, called People's Co-op, was directly across the street from Michigan Stadium until zoning forced it to move one mile to the west , the large number of pro-marijuana residents, and the annual Hash Bash : an event that is held on the first Saturday of April.
Until at least the successful passage of Michigan's medical marijuana law, the event had arguably strayed from its initial intent, although for years, a number of attendees have received serious legal responses due to marijuana use on University of Michigan property, which does not fall under the city's progressive and compassionate ticketing program.
Ann Arbor is a major center for college sports, most notably at the University of Michigan. Several well-known college sports facilities exist in the city, including Michigan Stadium , the largest American football stadium in the world and the third-largest stadium of any kind in the world.
The stadium is colloquially known as "The Big House" due to its status as the largest American football stadium. A person from Ann Arbor is called an "Ann Arborite", and many long-time residents call themselves "townies". Ann Arbor has a council-manager form of government. The City Council has 11 voting members: the mayor and 10 city council members.
Two city council members are elected from each of the city's five wards. The mayor and council serve four-year terms. The mayor and one council member from each ward are elected in mid-term election years, and the other five council members are elected in the alternate even-numbered years. The mayor is elected citywide.
Approved by City voters in November , and effective with the mayoral election of November , the term of office of mayor will be extended from two years to four years. The mayor is the presiding officer of the City Council and has the power to appoint all Council committee members as well as board and commission members, with the approval of the City Council.
Ann Arbor holds mayoral elections to 4-year terms concurrent with the Gubernatorial election. Until , City Council held annual elections in which half of the seats one from each ward were elected to 2-year terms. These elections were staggered, with each ward having one of their seats up for election in odd years and their other seat up for election in even years.
This means that half of the members one from each ward are elected in presidential election years, while the other half are elected in mid-term election years. The City Hall opened in In , the building was renamed the Guy C. Larcom, Jr. Municipal Building in honor of the longtime city administrator who championed the building's construction. On the state level, the city is part of the 18th district in the Michigan Senate , represented by Democrat Rebekah Warren.
In the Michigan House of Representatives , representation is split between the 55th district northern Ann Arbor, part of Ann Arbor Township, and other surrounding areas, represented by Democrat Adam Zemke , the 53rd district most of downtown and the southern half of the city, represented by Democrat Yousef Rabhi and the 52nd district southwestern areas outside Ann Arbor proper and western Washtenaw County, represented by Democrat Donna Lasinski. Seven judges serve on the court. Progressive politics have been particularly strong in municipal government since the s.
Voters approved charter amendments that have lessened the penalties for possession of marijuana ,  and that aim to protect access to abortion in the city should it ever become illegal in the State of Michigan Adopted through a ballot initiative sponsored by the local Human Rights Party , which feared a splintering of the liberal vote, the process was repealed in after use in only one election.
In , Ann Arbor was ranked 11th safest among cities in Michigan with a population of over 50, The level of most crimes in Ann Arbor has fallen significantly in the past 20 years. In there were aggravated assaults, robberies and 43 rapes while in there were aggravated assaults, 42 robberies and 58 rapes under the revised definition. Ann Arbor's crime rate was below the national average in AAPS has one of the country's leading music programs. The University of Michigan dominates the city of Ann Arbor, providing the city with its distinctive college-town character.
Other local colleges and universities include Concordia University Ann Arbor , a Lutheran liberal-arts institution, and Cleary University , a private business school. Cooley Law School acquired the former Ave Maria buildings for use as a branch campus. The newspaper ended its year daily print run in , due to economic difficulties and began producing two printed editions a week under the name AnnArbor.
It also produces a daily digital edition named Mlive. Another Ann Arbor-based publication that has ceased production was the Ann Arbor Paper , a free monthly. Current publications in the city include the Ann Arbor Journal A2 Journal , a weekly community newspaper ;  the Ann Arbor Observer , a free monthly local magazine; and Current , a free entertainment-focused alt-weekly.
The University of Michigan is served by many student publications, including the independent Michigan Daily student newspaper , which reports on local, state, and regional issues in addition to campus news. Ann Arbor is part of the Detroit television market. Community Television Network CTN is a city-provided cable television channel with production facilities open to city residents and nonprofit organizations.
The University of Michigan Medical Center , the only teaching hospital in the city, took the number 1 slot in U. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital in its core complex. UMHS also operates out-patient clinics and facilities throughout the city.
The city provides sewage disposal and water supply services, with water coming from the Huron River and groundwater sources. There are two water-treatment plants, one main and three outlying reservoirs, four pump stations , and two water towers. These facilities serve the city, which is divided into five water districts. The city's water department also operates four dams along the Huron River— Argo , Barton , Geddes , and Superior —of which Barton and Superior provide hydroelectric power.
Electrical power and gas are provided by DTE Energy. Cable TV service is primarily provided by Comcast. A plume of the industrial solvent dioxane is migrating under the city from the contaminated Gelman Sciences, Inc. It's currently detected at 0. The streets in downtown Ann Arbor conform to a grid pattern , though this pattern is less common in the surrounding areas.
Major roads branch out from the downtown district like spokes on a wheel to the highways surrounding the city. The city is belted by three freeways: I , which runs along the southern and western portion of the city; U. Highway 23 US 23 , which primarily runs along the eastern edge of Ann Arbor; and M , which runs along the northern edge of the city.
Other nearby highways include US 12 Michigan Ave. A separate zero-fare bus service operates within and between the University of Michigan campuses. These two routes, 91 and 92 respectively, are known as the "ExpressRide". Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus service. Ann Arbor Municipal Airport is a small, city-run general aviation airport located south of I Detroit Metropolitan Airport , the area's large international airport , is about 25 miles 40 km east of the city, in Romulus.
The city was a major rail hub, notably for freight traffic between Toledo and ports north of Chicago, Illinois , from to ; however, the Ann Arbor Railroad also provided passenger service from to , going northwest to Frankfort and Elberta on Lake Michigan and southeast to Toledo.
In Elberta connections to ferries across the Lake could be made. The present-day train station neighbors the city's old Michigan Central Depot, which was renovated as a restaurant in Ann Arbor has seven sister cities :  . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. City in Michigan, United States.
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