Author Archives: sbriere

Making voting harder to try to get you to vote

This year we are going to experience a significant change in elections – one filled with intended and unintended consequences.  Unless stopped by a lawsuit, Michigan election law has eliminated straight-party voting.  TAnd that has implications beyond my imagination. I’ve … Continue reading

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National Blog Month, or why I’ve not been writing about deer and zoning

In the past few months, I’ve made several false starts on this blog, writing about the things that keep me from my sleep.  And I’ve discarded them all. Part of the reason for these discards goes back to my initial … Continue reading

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Preserving Ann Arbor

On Monday, June 1st, the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission will once again recognize those businesses and property owners that have restored and preserved their historic properties.   This annual recognition of  our heritage deserves more attention.  (The link will … Continue reading

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Everything I’ve learned about deer and deer management

  The City issued its report on Deer Management on Tuesday, May 12.  This isn’t a spoiler alert.  As of April 18, 2015 I still have not seen the City of Ann Arbor’s proposed deer management plan. But some Some … Continue reading

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Water, snow and you

When I started thinking about why I was hearing so many complaints about snow on streets, sidewalks, and crosswalks, I focused on the quality of city services.  But in the course of looking into the issues surrounding snow in our … Continue reading

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The Greenbelt – an update

This is a little dry – much more crowded with information than just viewpoint. There’s no mention of food or flowers (except in this sentence) and little humor. But I could not think of a good way to get this … Continue reading

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Truths about planning for development

When I started this blog, I intentionally determined that I would not write about current issues facing City Council. I’m going to stick to that – but am going to walk a fine line. I hope. I’m writing this piece … Continue reading

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The piece for The Ann

Of course, I was flattered to be asked by The Ann to write an opinion piece, offering the incoming president of The University of Michigan an idea of what his priority ought to be. Especially since they asked on Thursday, … Continue reading

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Advice for the candidate (circa 2014)

Every election results in winners and losers. I have worked for more campaigns than I can count, and I always found a way to celebrate election night – because someone I supported always won. Or because there is always another … Continue reading

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April 4, 1968

There are these life-changing events, events that somehow affect the way one thinks and acts. For me, one of those life-changing events took place on April 4, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s not easy at this point – 46 years … Continue reading

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