Found David Zinn of zinnart.com creating an optimistic chalk scene. [photo 1] [photo 2] Here is an idea that wouldn’t have any controversy. I noted that David’s home sidewalk was one of the best in the neighborhood for snow removal. He acknowledged he has a personal feeling for sidewalks. If the city paid lots of sidewalk chalk artists people would have another reason to keep sidewalks clear – for art. Two problems solved – not enough art and not enough clear sidewalks in the winter.
Signs of warm weather: People enjoying tea sitting on Liberty Street [photo 1]. A cross emerges from the snow in front of the Federal Building [photo 2][photo 3] and on William near Division someone has abandoned a tool that was put to lots of use this winter [photo 4]. A great day to be out walking!
At Downtown Home & Garden I notice finger puppets for sale. [photo] Now I will need to spend the rest of the afternoon testing the feasibility of finger puppet re-enactments of Ann Arbor city council meetings.
Activity at city clerk’s counter includes dog license and dog park registration. Sign of spring.
Sign at entrance to Murray off of West Liberty: “This street requires additional snow removal. Please remove all vehicles Friday 12 a.m.-6 a.m.” [photo]
This very large igloo appeared sometime over the weekend. At least 5 feet tall outside. [photo]
Whenever a developer coyly shows a birds-eye rendering (or says “townhouse”), expect this: [photo]
Ninth grade Skyline-Pioneer basketball. Halftime lead for Skyline 32-21. JV is in the other gym. [photo]
Timothy Busfield and friends enjoying a drink at Bar Louie prior to taking in shorts at the Michigan Theater … No sign of Melissa Gilbert.
Holy crap! Just saw a hawk snatch up a something-like-a-starling mid-flight!
House next to Mr. Roof on Ellsworth is actively on fire. Lots of responders on the scene. [photo] Added after initial publication: Apparently it is a training exercise, according to random firefighters we met elsewhere.
Second grader scientists report giant puddle is nearly knee deep. [photo]
Another pom-pom game. Big one. Beat State! [photo]
Another bear sighted near Dexter. Tree trimmers at Hudson Mills Metropark found this one hidden inside a dead pine tree. [photo]
Icy sidewalks – including the sidewalk outside Ann Arbor Open – force pedestrians into the street. A woman passing me says, “I’m not risking my neck on those sidewalks!”
Downtown Home & Garden knows maple sugaring is happening. The next week will be too cold but after that be ready to harvest your own sap to turn into sweet syrup. They have everything, even the correct drill bit. [photo]
Water about 6-8 inches deep is causing most drivers to proceed with caution. There is no way to find and clear the sewer grates without waders and protection from the splashing cars, and the danger of wading out into the road. I’ve never seen this area flood in the last 30 years. [photo 1] [photo 2] [photo 3] [photo 4]
Soon this will all seem as if it was a crazy dream. Already I can hardly recall when this sidewalk was an icy narrowly passable mess for pedestrians, and impossible for wheelchair users and strollers. [photo]
A curtain of icicles. [photo]
Ann Arbor dog parks deserve winter maintenance. [Sign next to overflowing garbage can indicates "No winter maintenance."] [photo]
Surface parking lot: Big scooper dumping snow into huge open truck with two smaller trucks awaiting their turns.
City crew in bright green vests clearing sidewalk and pedestrian ramps at corner of Veterans Memorial Park.
Transit sign going up! [photo] [New Blake Transit Center nearing completion.]
Two-vehicle crash. Car over the snow bank, on sidewalk, one in street. AAPD on the scene. 8:55 a.m.
Two cute, sweatered pups tied up to a bike hoop outside of Zingerman’s Deli. [photo]
The ex-Oriental Express has new drywall.