My family lives about an hour away from the city of Ann Arbor. Whenever we'd drive up during my childhood, we'd go by a large sign with a blazing letter "A" for the Arborland shopping center. We called it "The Big A." In the past few years though, those words have taken on a bit of a different meaning. Ann Arbor itself has started to become a larger city, with more skyscrapers, more businesses, and just more city in general.
Not everyone has liked this change, and I agree that it changes the atmosphere and lifestyle of the town a little, but I also think that the metamorphosis into a larger city brings with it many new wonderful things as well.
Today I walked around Ann Arbor and took pictures showing how it's becoming more and more of "The Big A."
Ann Arbor's skyline isn't anything akin to cities like New York or Chicago, but the recent apartment buildings that have been put in tower above the rest of the city's downtown-style streets.
Some of the buildings have even adopted a more modern aesthetic. Loving the use of typography and glass here.
I'm also a fan of the modern-glass approach to the bus station in the center of downtown. Visually pleasing and a useful design. Reminds me of some of the glass implementations in Apple stores.
I for one, appreciate Ann Arbor's expansion. I can envision a prosperous city with a thriving campus and many small businesses and artists finding their work and passions here in the years to come.
As those cranes are evidence of, that change is already on it's way.
Ann Arbor has always been home to some really tasty and classy restaurants. Thankfully that remains unchanged. There's a lot of delicious food to choose from here.
The view from up high isn't half bad either.
With a healthy surrounding of nature bordering the city, I think it all comes together to create a truly cool place to live. I don't know that I ever will, but I think Ann Arbor will always hold a soft spot in my heart.
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