Shoo, cold season
Congratulations. You survived the worst winter in recorded history.
OK, there’s probably some hyperbole in that statement. But we should be allowed a little exaggeration after that “polar vortex” beatdown we all just suffered through.
How cold was it this winter?
It was so cold that the University of Michigan formed a committee to talk about what to do the next time it got so cold. Seriously.
It was so cold that the roads crumbled and Ann Arbor ended up on top of two more national lists. As voted by the editorial staff of The Ann, this city was named “No. 1 Place in America for Politicians to Listen With Feigned Interest as Taxpayers Complain About Potholes,” and also “Least Likely Place in the U.S. to See a Repaired Pothole Unless the Street with that Pothole is Closed for at Least 10 Months.” (For more pothole fun, see pages 10 and 11.)
But those vortexes are behind us and our thoughts have turned from survival to things like making a living.
Around here, that means we’re back to talking about our website. Check out the improvements we made to theannmag.com this winter. It looks downright sporty, but it’s still a long way from perfect. We want to build in a useful feedback loop. Let us know if you’ve got some ideas along those lines.
And be sure to check out Julie Halpert’s story in this issue about aging in Ann Arbor. Don’t look now, students, but us geezers are gaining on you; Ann Arbor is “graying” at a faster rate than the rest of the nation. That’s both good news — old people can afford cool stuff — and bad — it does strange things to the tax base when a population ages “in place.”
Thanks for reading, and let’s all have a much-deserved wonderful spring!
The editor, Kyle Poplin, hates cold weather. And potholes. Tell him to stop whining by