I reverted 3 edits by Tlogmer, because they changed the commerial orientation of the article and did not follow a template. After adding a template I identified the following original text that needs adding back as an Understand section or into other sections. - Huttite 19:18, 9 Oct 2004 (EDT)
Tree town is, as one might expect, full of trees; they line the streets, and from the air, in summer, all that can be seen is a green swath with a few buildings sticking out. (In the early 20th century, after having levelled the forest that once occupied the area, the city instituted an agressive tree-planting program that's since borne fruit.)
Ann Arbor is centered around the University of Michigan (the largest public college in the United States); the U-M campus intermingles with downtown, and the whole area is walkable, though day busses run between the campuses and the central business district.
Farther out, the city fades into subdivisions (a mall and business parks in the south), then countryside dotted with towns, and, to the east, Detroit suburbs. Busses here are sparse or nonexistant; you'll want a car unless you have several hours to spare. On some autumn saturdays, transport is difficult as 100,000-odd people pour in for university football games.
Thanks to the college students (average parental income $170,000/yr) and yuppies, downtown is a solid block of restaurants and art galleries. The university hosts cultural events, and theaters like the Michigan host first-run independent films and high-profile music groups. The original Borders bookstore is also here, as are serveral good independent bookshops, and the Ann Arbor Art Fair draws a million visitors each summer.
Winters, on the other hand, are brutal. Bring fur -- fake fur. This is a college town.
Moved from Huttite's talk page:
I've lived in Ann Arbor my entire life (delivered pizza for a few years, so I know the area better even than most residents), and the content of those ads bordered on the absurd. They are not helpful for the traveller, and they ruin the credibility of wikitravel for ann arborites who look up their hometown out of curiosity. If I'm not allowed to label them as the obvious marketing they are (and why not? one of the listed Non-Goals is advertising), can I at least trim back their language into something approaching reality? Tlogmer
(Clarification: What galls is how nonrepresentative the ads are, more than how factually inaccurate -- the page isn't just a collection of disparate facts; someone browsing the site will form a picture of the city from what things are listed and how much space they get. Wiard's Orchard does not deserve a long paragraph. It's not even in the city, and it's just a bloody orchard (one of several in the region, if it matters). There are hundreds of better things to put there, and while I don't have time to put them all there myself, I thought I could at least make clear that much of the page has nothing to do with most of what a visitor will experience (or want to).
Is there a source for the claim "average parental income $170,000/yr"? I did a bit of googling and came up with "The average family income of students at my university and others has soared to more than $100,000.”  $170,000 seems an exaggeration, but maybe I'm just confused. Jonboy 13:58, 17 Jan 2006 (EST)
I started to explain in my edit comment, then accidentally hit return. It sounds like the rumor is of sufficient dubiousness that the traveler would not need to see a debate about its veracity. Jonboy 17:03, 15 March 2006 (EST)
Star Status? top article pic
Eat, Budget: 51 listings, mid-range 23, splurge 10. Drink, Pubs: 15, 13. Please see Wikitravel:Bar listings
The photo does contain snow covered trees and the street, but the attention seems to focus on the house. Then the first statement in Understand is "AA is centered around UM." Why would the opening pic be of a residential house, rather than UM? Secondarily, if the desire is to show a wintry street, why not show one which shows more of the avenue and trees rather than a yellow house in the middle? Anyone up for a deletion or change? Zepppep 11:52, 13 November 2009 (EST)11:40, 13 November 2009 (EST)
Bill's Van Service, LLC
The information for Bill's Van Service is most relevant to the "By Taxi" section.