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Old 04-05-2017, 10:21 AM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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I always saw them as two liberal college towns surrounded by more conservative rural areas.

Must admit that I have no first hand knowledge of AA (or of Madison), but I'm still surprised to hear that AA has become more conservative than Madison.
It seems like Madison continued with progressive ideas and education where UM went for corporate funding and Jim Harbaugh's LOVE IT OR LEAVE mindset.

State Street in Madison is still full of funky eclectic shops where as UM is full of franchises and chain stores.
I see Ann Arbor neighborhoods as a whole as being much more progressive. Madison just has Willy Street and a few blocks on E. Johnson outside the Campus area that are funky independent shops.

So the cities are opposite (AA being progressive) and the colleges are as well (UW being progressive)
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Old 04-05-2017, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Again, that's because Ann Arbor is smaller (being hemmed in by Detroit sprawl and state annexation laws... Scio Township, Dixboro, Pittsfield should all probably be absorbed into the city proper) and thus more affluent and expensive. Madison's average home price is $227k, Ann Arbor's is an absurd $336k. So chain stores are increasingly the only entities that can afford Ann Arbor's rents, Five Guys closed their State Street store because it was one of the most expensive in the entire midwest.
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Old 04-05-2017, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Brightmoor, Detroit, Mi
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I am a college student looking for a place to live for the summer. Is 8 mile rd and telegraph rd a safe area? I have never been to Michigan before, let alone Detroit, so I have no idea what to expect. What are some good areas in Detroit/Southfield/Farmington hills?
It's abandoned mostly stay away from 7 mile and you'll be fine. Anything below that yikes.
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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It seems like Madison continued with progressive ideas and education where UM went for corporate funding and Jim Harbaugh's LOVE IT OR LEAVE mindset.

State Street in Madison is still full of funky eclectic shops where as UM is full of franchises and chain stores.
I see Ann Arbor neighborhoods as a whole as being much more progressive. Madison just has Willy Street and a few blocks on E. Johnson outside the Campus area that are funky independent shops.

So the cities are opposite (AA being progressive) and the colleges are as well (UW being progressive)
On a whim, I ended up going to AA when I had a sticker for a Republican candidate on my car. I was absolutely certain that I would return to find my car vandalized. If you are right of center and outspoken about it, AA is not a real comfortable place. Recently, several students accused U M of being biased against Conservatives and it was ranked the most liberal school in Michigan. In general, they consider Obama to be just slightly to the right of Mike Pence.
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