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THE MICHIGAR DAILY SUNDAY.MAGAZINE

Page Two

THE MICHIGAN DAILY SUNDAY MAGAZINE

February 13, 977

Februorv 13. 197 7

Iivrsr l 97 HEMCHGN ALYSUDY AAZN

THE MICHIGAN DAILY SUNDAY MAGAZINE February 13, 1977

WIN, LOSE OR DRAW?

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Last Sept. 30, an Ann Arbor newcomer named Ricky
Wayne Wilson sent a clhil! down the -campus spine when
he shot to death Jeannine Boukai, a University fresh-
woman, in the Arboretum. To all-those who followed the
accounts of the crime, it seemed like a savage act-five
bullet wounds, and talk of a "suicide contract" which
netted Wilson the victim's motorcycle and a small sum
of cash. But Wilson maintains contract murder was not
the case. In fact, he isn't exactly sure why he .killed her.
Managing Editor Jay Levin, who covered the Arb murder,
recently spoke 'to Wilson about the slaying. But Levin
also discovered that Wilson, a budding poet, is looking
optimistically toward' the future, when he can someday
leave prison and rejoin his young wife and unborn child.
Next week, the Sunday Magazine offers this different
perspective on the Arb murder.

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ADVERTISING-
Don Simpson
COVER PHOTO OF
CHARLES MINGUS
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WH{AT KEEPS a city alive?
Urban planners all have' their
favorite solutions to the problems
of growth and decaybut they gen-
erally agree that a healthy down-
town business area is one of the
key requirements for any city's sur-
vival. Besides serving the needs of
the people who live in the center of
town, the stores and offices in the
urban business district provide a
large part of- the city's tax base,
helping pay for the essential serv-
ices all residents enjoy.
It was to be expected, then, that
cries of alarm went up three years
ago when the massive Briarwood
Mall development opened its doors
out on the far southern edge of
Ann Arbor. Merchants, politicians
and civic leaders predicted a steady
flow of customers and cash away
from the downtown area-and a
steady decline in the quality of life
there~--if steps were not taken to
protect the economy of the central
business district.
Briarwood is an established part
of Ann Arbor by now-yet one still
hears talk about the "death of
downtown." The note of crisis is
sounded r'epeatedly in City Council
meetings, at Planning Commission
hearings, and in the Letters col-
umns of local newspapers.
BUT DOWNTOWN businessfoelk
tell a completely different story:
most of them have never had it so
mood. .
"We just got through our best
year, by 15 per cent-the best year
-we've ever had," says Harlowe 01-
son, owner of Wilkinson's luggage
store on Mlain St. "And 1977 looks

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like it's going to be another good
one."
Other merchants echo Olson's
enthusiasm. And the profile of
Main Street itself gives them rea-
son for confidence: its last empty
store front-the old Woolworth's lo-
cation, which has long been a local
eyesore--has finally been filled.
New businesses are opening, old
ones are expanding.
But if' Briarwood didn't kill
downtown Ann Arbor, what did it
do? What were .its effects on the
central business district?
In the first place, some stores ac-
tually "moved" to Briarwood from
the downtown area, There were
four of them: Grinnell's, Faber Fa-
brics, Singer, and Wagner's. Only
the last was locally-owned. In ev-
ery case, the store involved opened
a Briarwood location while main-
taining its downtown branch, then
quietly closing the 'downstown
store.
SECOND, WHILE Briarwood can't
begiven the blame for every
failing business in the central busi-
ness district, its presence certainly
contributed to the downfall of
many firms whose profits had only
been marginal to begin with.
This movement of stores from
downtown-whether to. Briarwood
or to oblivion-pr-pduced a gradual
change in the flavor of the area.
Now it is largely a district of small
specialtyr shops and of offices, the
great majority of them locally-
owned.
"When Briarwood came' along,,
you lost all your national stores,"
says Dan Kaercher, -owner of Lucky
Drugs. Kaercher is moving, his
pharmacy to another location fur-

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ther down Main. "It's all gone down
to individual merchants now."
"~yOU DON'T GET the browsers
they get out at the malls;" adds
Olson. "They get crowds of, people,
but most of them are just killing
time. Down here, you get folks who
want to buy something in particu-
lar-maybe some luggage from me
or a suit from Fiegel's-and if you'-
ye got what they're looking for you
can make the sale."
Clifford G. Sheldon, Asst. Vice
President of Ann Arbor Bank and
Trust,; agrees that specialization
has helped keep downtown viable,
but says the merchants have also
made a commitment to providing
extra services to customers.
To show their faith in the econo-
my of the downtown area, all four
major banks in Ann Arbor-and a
few Savings and Loan companies-
have loaned money on a coopera-
tive basil and at low rates to local
businesses in the district, for his-
toric preservations and.. for new de-
velopment.
"The downtown area responded
well to the presence of Briarwood,"
says James P. Frenza, Executive Di-
rector of the Ann' Arbor Chamber
of Commerce. "It's never been as
healthy as it is now."
Another effect of Briarwxood arid
the anxiety it brought with it has
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Answer to Last Week's Muddle
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If you ventur his tongue buto-
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If you figured out that the
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you may have Comte up with
this bizarre quote which could,
fncidently, pass for Chaucer's
English. Don't study the above
gibberish for too long though
--we i ntIenid to re-run that
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who've gotten a start on it.
Apologies.

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downtown area on the part of city
officials. Several organizations and
associations sprang. up in the wake
of Briarwood to advise. and pressure
the city to take positive action on
behalf of the central business dis-
trict.
CNE RESULT OF their activity
has been the drafting and ap-
proval by City Council of a Master
Plan for the development and, pre-
servation of the down-town area.
The plan covers such important is-
sues as housing, transportation and
the use of resources. But the city
has taken no aggressive steps to
implement the plan, and until very
recently has been more of a hin-
drance 'than a help to some down-
town businesses.
The bureaucratic red tape involv-
ed in getting building and safety
permits has given the city a bad
name in the eyes of local business
persons who want to improve their
own. establishments or expand into
ventures downtown.
Most observers agree, for exam-
ple, that a major factor in the re-
covery of the district was the heavy
influx of students to bars and
night spots in the Main Street area.
But some owners of places west of
Main--notably Ned Duke of Mr.
Flood's Party--feel the city has en-
riched other parts of the district at
their expense.
"As far as the city's concerned,
downtown is on the other side of
Main Street," says Duke. "Those
people got a lot of blessings and
stuff that we never got."

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