Notes from 2020

Things to Do in Captivity Pace the room and look out the windows. Watch spring’s warmth slowly green the grass and call buds from the barren tree branches. Greet birds on their northerly migration. Glare at the neighborhood cats making themselves at home in your flower beds.  Laugh with your partner, cook with your partner, fight withContinue reading “Notes from 2020”

Modern-day segregation: How vouchers keep the poor out of rich neighborhoods (The Ann Arbor News)

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI — Courtney Vesey’s 30th birthday dinner was leftovers she pulled from the fridge and ate standing alone at the kitchen counter. There was no cake. She spent the quiet mid-December evening with her boyfriend, Mike Ponds, and her four kids. Romeiro, 12, Marcquise, 11, and Ramone, 8, watched cartoons in the backContinue reading “Modern-day segregation: How vouchers keep the poor out of rich neighborhoods (The Ann Arbor News)”

Ann Arbor’s historically black neighborhood is the hottest market in town (The Ann Arbor News)

ANN ARBOR, MI – A young Russ Calvert would curiously watch as pigs were unloaded at the Peters Sausage Co. slaughterhouse on Summit Street, a block from his north Ann Arbor home. Calvert, now 75 and living on a lake near Chelsea, grew up with his parents and four siblings in a modest two-bedroom, 740-square-foot house on North Fourth Avenue in Kerrytown. When the youngContinue reading “Ann Arbor’s historically black neighborhood is the hottest market in town (The Ann Arbor News)”