Editorializing in the Headline? Not above the Ann Arbor News! Last time I checked, “clogged” was something of a subjective observation. Luckily they find some sober-minded people to interview in today’s story “U-M’s building boom starts to clog skyline”.

[…] “In 2000, developer Howard Frehsee proposed a one-story development on the site of the former Olga’s restaurant on the west edge of campus along State Street. The Ann Arbor City Council rejected the project, saying it wasn’t tall enough to make efficient use of limited downtown land. Frehsee came back with an eight-story proposal – the Corner House Lofts – which the Planning Commission rejected but the council approved, with misgivings about the height.

Kelbaugh believes the new building is two or three stories higher than it should be relative to the neighborhood, but he said the building has been properly designed as a background, residential building.

“They were right not to let a one-story building go there,” he said. “One (story) is not the tone to set because it’s just too suburban and irresponsible. If we’re going to stop sprawling, we’ve got to start developing and redeveloping urban land. That’s a very high priority for Ann Arbor, for Michigan, and for the country.” […]

And this break-in: “500 block of Walnut Street, 2 a.m. Monday. Entry through unlocked front door; a watch, backpack and stereo taken.”

Author: Rob