Ann Arbor, Michigan
Residential Renovations Serves the Greater Ann Arbor Area Residents
The city of Ann Arbor is approximately 28 square miles with approximately 114,000 residents in the city of Ann Arbor, including the University of Michigan student population – making it the sixth largest city in Michigan.
Ann Arbor was founded in 1824, named for wives of the village’s founders ( John Allen and Elisha Walker Rumsey – both whom had wives with the name Ann) and the stands of Bur Oak trees on the land they settled on. The cornerstone of Ann Arbor today is the University of Michigan, which did not move from Detroit to Ann Arbor until 1837. After which Ann Arbor grew at a steady, rapid rate; gaining a reputation as a center for left-wing politics during the 60’s and 70’s. Interestingly enough, Ann Arbor became a focal point for political activism and served as a hub for the civil-rights movement and anti-Vietnam War movements, as well as various student movements.
As noted before, Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, considered as one of the foremost research universities in the United States today. The University of Michigan shapes Ann Arbor’s economy with its notable employment of over 30,000 workers, including about 12,000 in their medical center. The city’s economy is also centered on high technology due to the university’s research and development money, and graduates.
The landscape of Ann Arbor consists of hills and valleys, with the terrain becoming steeper near the Huron River. The city itself contains more than 50,000 trees along its streets and over an equal number in parks today as well. Ann Arbor’s residential neighborhoods contain architectural styles ranging from classic 19th-century and early-20th-century designs to ranch-style houses. Among these many homes are several kit houses built in the early 20th century. Contemporary-style houses are farther from the downtown district with many protected by National Register of Historic Places.
Ann Arbor weather is highly influenced by the Great Lakes. There are four distinct seasons with winter being the coldest time of year (average highs around 34 °F (1 °C)); and summers having an average high around 81 °F (27 °C) with slightly more precipitation. More transitional seasons include both spring and autumn due to the experiences the lake effect weather brings. Not to mention, the lake effect can often cause an increased amount of cloudiness during late fall and early winter.