New website for Republic Parking System-


Snapshot of Republic Parking System's new Homepage

Snapshot of Republic Parking System’s new homepage

This week Republic Parking launched a new website for their operations here in downtown Ann Arbor. The site,, features many new user friendly new tools meant to simplify downtown parking.

The site contains information about parking options, maps, news and updates, and a link to a new payment portal for monthly and validation customers. Visitors can learn about parking options and real time availability. Monthly parkers can make payments or get assistance with permit questions. Additionally, the DDA and Republic Parking will use the site as another way to share important news and updates with parking systems users.

In the next few weeks Republic Parking will be adding additional tools to allow for online request and payment for meter bags.

Explore what Republic Parking System’s new website has to offer by checking it out today!

Student Move-In for Fall 2014

Students from the University of Michigan are are scheduled to move in beginning on Thursday August 28th and ending on Friday, August 29th. Between 6 a.m. on that Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday, traffic patterns will be altered, parking meters will be bagged or parking allowed. Below is a list of the streets that will be impacted. A map displaying these alterations can also be found here.


  • Thompson - one way northbound from Packard to East Madison
  • Madison - one way eastbound from Thompson to South State
  • Observatory - one way southbound from East Ann to Geddes and meters will be bagged
  • East Washington - one way westbound from Fletcher to South State
  • Maynard - from Jefferson to East William meters will be bagged
  • East University - between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
  • Church Street - between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
  • North University Court - meters will be bagged
  • Oxford - parking reserved for move-in from Hill to Geddes
  • Washington Heights - closed from Observatory to East Medical Center Drive
  • East Ann - one way eastbound from Zina Pitcher Place to Observatory

2014 Downtown Merit Award


Picture of Division Street after the streetscape improvements were completed.

Picture of Division Street after the streetscape improvements were completed.


The Ann Arbor DDA was named recipient of a 2014 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association for Enhancing Connectivity, Prosperity and Activity in Downtown Ann Arbor.


For Immediate Release:
(Ottawa, ON Canada. [August 11th, 2014])— During its 60th Anniversary Conference and Tradeshow, the International Downtown Association recognized the DDA with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives on transforming 5th Avenue and Division Street.

The project, which installed streetscape changes for two major arterial roads that run through Downtown, was among 9 qualified entries in the category of Public Space. This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community.

“The DDA’s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The 5th and Division project is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 500 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

The DDA is the advocacy and management organization representing the interests of property owners in downtown Ann Arbor and is a member of the International Downtown Association.


Annual Maintenance of Parking Structures

 4th & William construction work July 2014

4th & William Construction Work (July 2014)


It is that time of year again. We have begun our annual preventative maintenance work in many of the downtown parking structures. Our goal is take care of the little things along the way so that they don’t become big things. This year work will include removing and replacing concrete on walls and columns, sealing cracks and joints, applying deck coating, and making stairwell repairs.


Throughout the work Republic Parking will coordinate with the contractor to manage the projects so that the impact to available parking is minimal.


Work has begun at the 4th & William and Maynard parking structures and will continue throughout August & September to include the 4th & Washington and Ann Ashley parking structures. All of the work is scheduled to be completed in early October. We greatly appreciate the patience of our parking patrons and neighbors during this work.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market turns 95!

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Happy Birthday Ann Arbor Farmer’ Market!

On Saturday, August 2nd, marks the 95th year of the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Located in the center of Kerrytown, the farmers market brings together 160 farmers, plant nurseries, artisans, food carts and prepared food vendors to provide a variety of local products to downtown Ann Arbor. Additionally, it provides residents with the opportunity to support local farmers, which strengthen communities and reduces our carbon footprint.

To celebrate its 95th year, the Farmers Market will be hosting activities (including face painting!) and games for families and children of all ages. Join the fun by coming out to wish the market and its vendors a very happy birthday!

Where: Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

When: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
10:15 am to 2:30 pm

Getting Around the Ann Arbor Art Fair


It’s that time of year! The Ann Arbor Art Fair starts on Wednesday, July 16th and runs through Saturday, July 19th. By drawing in over 500,000 patrons and over 1,000 artists, the Ann Arbor Art Fair aims to connect local artists to the community in order to increase public appreciation for contemporary arts and fine crafts.

Starting at 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 15th, the following road closures will be enacted until noon on July 20th.

• Church Street from S. University Ave to Willard St.
• E. Jefferson Street from Thompson to Maynard St.
• E. University Avenue from S. University to Willard St.
• E. Washington Street from S. State to Fletcher St.
• E. William from Thompson to S. State St.
• Liberty Street from S. Ashley to S. State St.
• Maynard from Liberty to E. Jefferson St.
• N. University Avenue from S. State Street to Fletcher St.
• S. Main Street from William to Huron
• S. State Street from E. Washington to E. Madison St.
• S. Thayer Street from E. Washington to N. University Ave
• S. University Avenue from S. State Street to S. Forest Ave

There will be an Art Fair Trolley that links the four fairs together. Tickets to ride the trolley for the whole day are only $1.00. If you are driving to Ann Arbor, there will be shuttles every 10 to 15 minutes from the following parking lots that will take you into the fair: Huron High School, Maple Village Shopping Center, Pioneer High School, and Brairwood Mall. The AAATA ArtFairRide Shuttle will provide service to from Pioneer High School and Briarwood Mall to Main Street at William and to State Street at Madison. Trinity Westside will provide service from Maple Village to Washington at Main and at State, while Trinity Northside will provide service from Huron High school to Washington at Fletcher and Forest at S. University. Parking for these locations will be free. For more information visit

Parking at downtown structures and lots will be $12.00 per day; parking after 5 pm will only be $6.00. Buses & Trolleys are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned.

Ann Arbor’s New Outdoor Mural



shur! Mural Project at 616 E. Liberty St.

With permission from the property’s owner, 616 East Liberty Street has been transformed from a blank canvas into a colorful and amazing new mural. Supported by funding from the DDA, the mural’s rendition was organized by shur! Mural Project, who created the painting’s outline and a paint-by-numbers system that allowed members of the community to join in on painting the mural. On June 21st, 2014, a total of 49 community members (referred to as Deputy Muralist by shur!) came out to support the outdoor project by rolling up their sleeves and painting the afternoon away. This project closely aligns with shur! Mural Project’s greater mission, which is to empower members of the community to creatively express themselves while having a positive impact on the community. Check out the full story here.

Next time you’re walking on Liberty Street, be sure to check out one of Ann Arbor’s newest additions!

Ann Arbor Mile- Dart for Art 2014

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The Townie Street Party, the annual kick-off event to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor, returns this year with a new addition: the Ann Arbor Mile – Dart for Art.  Part of the national campaign to Bring Back the Mile ( run will take place at 6:00PM on Monday, July 14, 2014; and the course runs out and back on State Street between North University and Monroe, includes a turnaround on Tappan and South University and finishes on North University.  Runners and spectators are encouraged to enjoy the Ann Arbor Mile – Dart for Art as part of the Townie Street Party festivities.  For more information about the Ann Arbor Mile or to register, visit


The Townie Street Party, now in its 10th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week and supports the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original.  Held on E. Washington between Thayer and Fletcher, the Townie Street Party takes place on Monday, July 14th from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.and celebrates area residents for so graciously hosting the Art Fair each year.  The Townie Street Party offers a fun-filled evening where the whole family can enjoy terrific music; grab a bite of Townie grub; enjoy a brew at the Townie Pub; or take a stroll through the Kids’ Art Fair. Admission and activities are free.


The Townie Street Party benefits the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original. Established in 1960, the Street Art Fair’s mission is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that connect artists, the Ann Arbor community and the general public to their mutual benefit. The Street Fair is the original of the now four award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs that bring nearly 500,000 visitors to our city to enjoy not only art, but all that Ann Arbor has to offer.  For more information about the Townie Street Party or the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair visit


All downtown parking structures will be open at their usual rate, including UM’s Thayer and Fletcher decks.

Street Framework Plan

Streets, sidewalks and alleys play an integral role in every city. They are created to serve a variety of functions that are social, environmental, technical and economic. The Downtown Street Framework Plan will establish a set of guidelines that will coordinate the goals of each of these functions in order to maintain and enhance the character and functionality of downtown Ann Arbor.

The goal is to balance the needs of all street users, with a particular focus on pedestrians and how streets can be used as public space. The final plan will reflect the understanding that the pedestrian environment is about much more than transportation – that streets serve important social, economic, and environmental needs.

The effort brings together City and DDA staff, as well as other agencies, to comprehensively plan for streets within the DDA District. In conjunction, input from a variety of downtown stakeholders and the general public is an essential component.  Please use the links below to access an online survey and a wiki mapping tool.  We would love your thoughts and input as the work continues.

Follow this weblink to the survey.

To provide feedback using the wiki mapping tool use this link.

Taste of Ann Arbor | June 1st


Main Street Palio

Summer is sneaking up on Ann Arbor with many great events just around the corner! The annual Taste of Ann Arbor event is Sunday June 1st from 11am to 5pm on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Tickets to taste samples of food from local restaurants can be purchased for $0.50 at the event!

Stop by Liberty Street to visit The Ann Arbor District Library booth where there will be activities for children including Hula Hooping and sidewalk chalk art. The University of Michigan Exhibit Museum will also have a booth on Liberty Street.


This year’s restaurant participants include:

Achatz Pies
Amadeus Cafe
Arbor Brewing Company
BD’s Mongolian Barbecue
The Black Pearl
The Blue Nile
Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery
Buffalo Wild Wings
Busch’s Fresh Food Market
Cafe Felix
Carson’s American Bistro
Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub
Cupcake Station
The Earle
Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Grizzly Peak
Jamaican Jerk Pit
La Dolce Vita
The Lunch Room
The Melting Pot
The Ravens Club
Real Seafood Company
Silvio’s Organic Ristorante
The Wafel Shop
Whole Foods Market


It wouldn’t be summer time in downtown Ann Arbor without some music as well! Here are the artists booked by Sonic Lunch for the event:

The Rolling Jays
Kate Peterson of Nervous But Excited
Abigail Stauffer
Dave Menzo & The Cave of Wonders
Chris DuPont