#35 Ann Arbor Stories: Walking Tour #1

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June 29, 2017


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This first Ann Arbor Stories walking tour is intended to be listened to while actually exploring a few city blocks in downtown Ann Arbor. It takes listeners from the corner of Huron and Fourth, outside the Embassy Hotel all the way to the corner of Liberty and Ashley and the C. Walker Building. There’s no right or wrong way to experience this story. Ideally, you’ll stroll along the same streets we’re talking about, looking at the same buildings we’re describing and letting your mind wander back in time. But you could still listen to this in your car or at home and check these sites out in person later. Use Google street view. We're not telling you how to consume your media.

Music by Frontier Ruckus.
Listener warning: This episode contains references to sex, pornography, murder, riots, death, ghosts, gay bars and bankers.

For those of you who want to experience this podcast at ground level, a few tips:

First, if you’re not standing at the corner of Huron and Fourth Street, then get there before you start the episode. This walking tour will take you from this point to the corner of Liberty and Ashley. It’s not a long walk, but you will have to cross some streets and some of the sidewalks might be busy so please please please keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings, as tempting as it may be to submit fully to my words and the siren of history.

It’s often easier to see some of the taller buildings from the opposite side of the street, but it’s up to you on how you want to do this. Get up close to the building and touch the old brick, or step back and peer up into the sky. Maybe both. But watch out for cars and people - we're serious, we don’t want anyone getting hurt.

One last thing. If it’s the summer of 2017 and you’re playing the AADL Summer Game, three of the locations on this walking tour have signs in the window that get into the history of those spots and have special game codes that can be inputted at play.aadl.org for points. Visit the AADL website and search for Ann Arbor Stories for more details.

Go at your own pace. Pause, rewind, stop halfway through for a drink at a famous establishment. This is your walking tour, not ours. Enjoy.

Contains explicit content.
Length: 00:26:06
Copyright: Copyright Protected
Rights Held by: Quite Scientific Records, LLC
Media Categories:Ann Arbor, History, Local Creators, Local History
Media Series:Ann Arbor Stories
Media Type:Audio

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Great Fun

We had a lot of fun walking around to this podcast, and found it easy to find (shaded) places to stop along the way while listening. I've been down these streets hundreds of time but never even considered some of the history behind these buildings, and the stories are fascinating. Thank you, also, for encouraging me to look up and appreciate some of the architecture that I heretofore took for granted. I'm looking forward to the next Ann Arbor walking tour!


The narrator was great! Thank you so much for compiling stories that enhance our understanding of the city, the architecture, and the people who came before us. This walking tour is well-suited for meanderers.

I love this line: "Listener

I love this line:
"Listener warning: This episode contains references to sex, pornography, murder, riots, death, ghosts, gay bars and bankers."
Gotta beware of those bankers ...

Thanks, AADL, for another fun one

many stories in one

This walking tour had more different stories than I expected. Each individual building has so many different stories. Thanks for putting them together.