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    "Where the old Wal-Mart used to be"

    In the rural South, where I'm from, the big running joke is that directions are often given in landmarks, and the even bigger joke is that those landmarks don't even have to be there any more for them to be used in wayfinding.  Perhaps the biggest joke of all?  I still do it, knowing full well every single time I give someone an empty direction, but somehow finding myself helpless against it.

    Ann Arborites who have been here for more than a few years will remember the old Kroger shopping center on Packard.  "Old", in this case, means that both the shopping center is old and its anchor tenant is an erstwhile one: the Kroger closed in 2009.  Since then, this otherwise thriving part of time has been the object of intense scrutiny.  What, we wondered, would get packed into this site that for some reason is a story and a half below street level?

    We finally have our answer.

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In the dual interests of strengthening my professional writing and refining my critical analysis skills, I write about the current, past, and projected built environment of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The town is home to the University of Michigan, where I graduated with a Master of Architecture degree. I hope to present both facts as well as critical readings of the city's trajectories of work and theory in ways that are sited in architectural discourse as well as interesting to residents.

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