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Stopped. Watched. stories are observations recorded by various Correspondents for The Chronicle in 140 characters or fewer. RSS feed for these stories

W. Stadium near Liberty Comments (1)

Visually-impaired pedestrian with guide dog walking into one of a series of sandbag-anchored construction signs blocking sidewalk on east side of street.

Second & Liberty Comments (2)

Met Laura of Argus Farm Stop, who was in the middle of coloring in the sandwich board sign outside the shop. [photo] Preparation continues for the opening in August. Inventory will include meat, eggs, and locally roasted coffee. Corn “hair” on the roof has not yet tasseled out.

UM Diag Comments (0)

Protest against violence in Gaza begins on the University of Michigan Diag and heads towards intersection of N. University and State Street. Chant: “Boycott Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza.” [photo 1] [photo 2]

First & Liberty Comments (3)

Blank Slate is closed because they have run out of ice cream (wiped clean) and are “furiously working to make more.” Store will reopen in a few days.  They thank their customers for their support.

Fifth & Huron Comments (0)

Second floor of city hall building. Sign next to drop-off slot for absentee ballots includes instruction for those who are dropping off Ward 3 ballots to check with clerk’s staff. Here’s why: [link] [photo]

Newport & Riverwood Comments (0)

The fix is in. Sidewalk being built on the west side of Newport, creating a safe walkway for kids from the Riverwood and Newport Creek subdivisions to Wines Elementary and Forsythe Middle School. [photo]

First & Liberty Comments (1)

Approximately 60-70 people lined up for service at noon at Blank Slate Creamery’s opening day beginning 11:30 a.m. Only 3 cars in the parking lot speaks well for local interest.  I didn’t wait.

Packard & Stadium Comments (2)

Cyclist with sign affixed to rear bike rack carrier: “Obama, U.S. Deserves Your Respect.” On my return trip, I spotted same cyclist with a different sign, “Obama, Still Lying.” Asked him about the switch: The “U.S.A. Deserves Your Respect” message was affixed just below Obama, covering up the message about lying. He’d swapped to something a less harsh and more patriotic for the July 4 holiday. But he’d been unaware he’d lost the holiday message along the way. [photo]

Huron & Chapin Comments (19)

8:10 p.m. I press the button for the HAWK signal and when the Voice tells me to walk, I do. As I finish crossing the street (with 10 seconds or so to spare) I hear the cars behind me start moving. Not for the first time. And I wonder: Is the HAWK sign like a stop SIGN, where a car waiting for the person to cross and then going is the right thing to do? Or is it like a stop LIGHT, where it’s not?

Hill & Washtenaw Comments (0)

More romantic messages. The Rock is painted white, with lavender lettering on one side that says: “Lauren, you reflect me….” [photo] On the other side: “I love that about U.” [photo]

William & Second Comments (1)

About a dozen people standing at the corner, watching as Grace Shackman gestures toward Liberty Lofts. Looks like a tour in progress.

Newport & M-14 Comments (2)

The “horse” I fell off a couple weeks ago. [photo] Rode it to Maple Road and back. Yes, I was nervous.

Not all Newport hazards are man-made: nearly kissed a deer who stepped out from behind a bush 10 feet in front, and then retreated, all before I could react. Still, good to see signs of repairs soon to come to some of the decayed road surface.