Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Who’s Your Ann Arbor?


Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. It is the state’s seventh largest city with a population of 114,024 as of the 2000 census, of which 36,892 (32%) are college or graduate students. Believed to be named for the spouses of the city’s founders and for the stands of trees in the area, Ann Arbor is best known as the location of the main campus of the University of Michigan, which moved from Detroit in 1837.

The city’s economy is currently dominated by education, high tech, and biotechnology. Average home prices and property taxes are well above the state and national medians. The city is also known for its political liberalism and its large number of restaurants and performance venues.” — from Wikipedia

One Response to “Who’s Your Ann Arbor?”

  1. george vietze Says:

    I recently moved from San Diego to Erie, Pa., The move changed my lifestyle from a more urban setting with a mild climate to a country setting with diversified weather conditions. I am entering the retiring stage of life as I approach my seventies although I am active and enjoy the many attractions offered in the Erie, Pa. area.

    I lived in Phoenix, Az. for over 26 years and moved to California for about 8 years and the crowded area and cost of living convinced me to look for an area to spend my retirement years. My son had move to Erie
    about nine years ago from Scottsdale, my first reaction was why would he move to an area that I had the perception was a declining economic location with severe weather conditions. After visiting Erie on a few occasions I began to research the demographics of the area after a major casino/race track invested $250 million dollars in Erie. I down loaded the feasibility study submitted to the State of Pa. and found that Erie was within 500 miles of 50% of the population of the United States, had beautiful beaches that attracted millions of tourists, had over 4,000 hotel rooms (currently over 5,000), had many attractions such as Family Sports Park, Waldemeer Park, Splash Lagoon, had a great medical community, four universities, professional theatre and plays,
    GE employs over 5,000 people, many, many golf courses and a series of community events and concerts that tie the community together. Couple this with a small town atmosphere with plenty of things to do in a beautiful country setting with country living, at A VERY REASONABLE COST OF LIVING AND REAL ESTATE.

    Erie has been chosen as the gambling center of Pa. with a new up-dated race track and casino that has attracted tourists from the surrounding states and Canada. The State of Pa. has supported the re-vitalization of the Erie downtown, Erie has a new up-scale Convention Center with a connected hotel on the Bayfront. Erie is on the move and is in the process of changing from a large manufacturing focus to a tourist attraction and a great place to raise a family who enjoys the four seasons. Check out http://www.whyerie.com and investigate whether this City
    and area works for you.

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