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Downtown businesses, nonprofit agency suing city of Ann Arbor over parking garage project

Just when you thought we were finished talking about the Ann Arbor Art Fair for another year comes this interesting news, courtesy of photographer Walt Pinkus, at the yahoo art-show photo group. A very interesting and lengthy article at Ann about the most recent turmoil in the city of many faces.

It seems as though the city wants to build an underground parking garage in the heart of the State Street commercial district (well, nearly the heart), disrupting businesses, but horror of horrors, disrupting parking for artists vehicles during the art fair!!

I, for one, do love Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor art fairs, etc., but do believe that the greedy business owners in this section of town are one of the causes this art fair has been having trouble in recent years. Yes, of course, we can attribute some of it to the economic turndown. I do admit that. But I truly hold that the proliferation of art fair spaces, the business owners selling every square inch of the city to the highest bidder has served to confuse art fair fans and given to the common refrain of, "oh, I don't go to Ann Arbor any more. It is too big, too crowded and there is too much junk."

Don't believe me that it isn't just the economic downturn? Then get the details of the numbers of people riding the art fair shuttle from Briarwood. Those numbers peaked some years ago.

Anyway, back to the real subject of this article. Find out if your space will be impacted if the city gets its way for this construction project. Click here.

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