For anyone who doubts its value, this is why urban planning is so very important.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, friends: it tolls for the Old Fourth Ward.
The headline for this project’s go-ahead reads: “City Council Approves 14-story-highrise to Avoid Potentially Costly Lawsuit.” That pretty accurately sums up the attitude of those invested in the outcome: We’ll do it, but only because we have to.
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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.