I know that several news outlets and rating organizations have voted Ann Arbor, Michigan, one of the best cities in the United States to live in in the next 10 years. Most cities today extol the benefits of living in a city of more than 1.5 million people, but I'm back in Ann Arbor for a reason: It's great.
The Ann Arbor Art Fair attracts millions of visitors each summer, and several good independent bookstores are located in the city, as is the Borders Flagship Store (closing in 2011). Other attractions include the Michigan Museum of Natural History and the University of Michigan, where the U.S. Symphony Orchestra and Michigan State University Orchestra perform.
Ann Arbor offers an endless range of outdoor activities, and when it comes to parks, Ann Arbor is also home to one of the largest parks in the US, with over 1,000 acres of parkland. It is also famous for being home to the University of Michigan State University, the Michigan Museum of Natural History and the University of Michigan. Speaking of Parkland Park, it's a popular destination for hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, making it the second largest park in Michigan after Grand Rapids. As you might expect, the tree city is full of trees and is nicknamed "Tree City" because you can only see a green lane between which a few buildings stand. The streets are lined with trees, but there are also a number of other attractions, such as the Great Lakes National Park and Michigan's largest public library.
This pattern is less obvious in the area, however, as the city is close to Michigan State University and the Michigan Museum of Natural History.
Three business districts south of downtown, including the Ann Arbor Convention Center, the University of Michigan Medical Center and the Michigan State University campus, offer access to a wide range of retail, restaurants and wooded areas. The height is about 256 m and extends from the central business district (downtown) and the city center to the south and east. At Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, which is about a mile north of downtown, elevation differences range from about 7,000 to 8,500 feet, or about 2,800 to 3,200 meters.
Ann Arbor is also home to the University of Michigan Medical Center and the Michigan State University campus, and is home to U-M College of Medicine and Health Sciences and the university's medical school. Ann Arbor was also a center of social activism, the scene of a series of protests against the war in Iraq, the Vietnam War, and other conflicts in the United States and around the world, and a major performing arts center. It is also a center for information technology and information systems research and development, whose offices are also located at the Michigan Information Center (MITC).
In 1975, Ann Arbor became the first U.S. city to introduce an instant runoff in mayoral elections. It is also one of the first cities to adopt the idea of "being green," which is becoming fashionable in cities across the country, as an alternative to the traditional voting system.
Ann Arbor lost its attempt to become the capital of Michigan, but later became the seat of Washtenaw County in 1827 and was incorporated as a village in 1833. Ann Arbor also became a new home for the University of Michigan after the University of Detroit moved away. Unused land was left to her, which connected the city to the campus of Michigan State University in Detroit and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Allegedly named after the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan's second largest city and home to the University of Michigan, it is best known for the fact that it moved there from Detroit in 1837, and for its proximity to the Michigan State University campus.
Ann Arbor is also home to the Ann Arbor District Library, a downtown building that also houses the post office. The Ann Arbor County library has four branches in the city, with a fifth set to open in 2008 and a second on the University of Michigan campus.
One of the easiest places to find a copy is the Michigan Theatre on E. Liberty Street, and there are a number of other art galleries. If you're interested in Ann Arbor's art scene, the first thing to do is visit the Art Gallery of Michigan, the largest and most prominent art gallery in the city, with more than 1,000 paintings, sculptures, murals and other works by artists from across the country and from across Europe, as well as the United States and Canada. Ann Arbor has a large collection of public sculptures and murals that can be seen both on campus and in downtown.
Gallup Park is another popular attraction in Ann Arbor, offering a variety of outdoor activities including picnics, bike rides, hiking and biking. I also recommend Dartmoor, a campus hotel and a great place to walk to the Michigan Museum of Natural History and the Art Gallery of Michigan. It is also recommended to stay at the hotel and walk to downtown and Gallup Park, the main attraction of the park.