1. By cosmonıcan
    September 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm | permalink

    Old men and big flags. Does anyone know the significance? Flag day is in June, 9/11 was a couple of weeks back, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day not near—what’s up?

  2. September 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm | permalink

    The gentleman is a resident of Baker Commons, an Ann Arbor Housing Commission property, and has previously staged similar protests about conditions of the property. Long story short, his current specific complaint relates to a window replacement project that is behind schedule. AAHC staff confirmed for me in a voicemail that the project is behind schedule, but is nearly ready to be put out to bid. Staff described him as a “good guy,” and said they obviously respected his right to protest.

  3. By cosmonıcan
    September 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm | permalink

    Thanks Dave. Sounds like he probably won’t get any windows until New Years or after if they sit on bids, then approvals, then a month to produce the windows. I hope they put some film up over his windows if it gets cold too soon, it’s a cheap easy fix.

  4. By cosmonıcan
    September 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm | permalink

    Third link at Main & Liberty note goes to wrong Fifth & Huron. Judging by these 5-year-old inspection ratings, he probably has a point: [link]

  5. September 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm | permalink

    Re: [4] “Third link at Main & Liberty note goes to wrong Fifth & Huron”

    Thanks, I believe that’s now fixed.

  6. September 28, 2011 at 12:23 am | permalink


    The Ann Arbor Housing Commission lost its executive director at the end of July, which I learned in following up on the backstory to the flag: [link]

  7. September 29, 2011 at 4:23 am | permalink

    The building lost hot water for 3 days back in 2009, says this: [link]

  8. October 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | permalink

    Bids for the Baker Commons window replacement were posted today. They’re due back on Oct. 28. [link]