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Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, April 15, 1980
History of A2 off-campus housing filled with tension
Editor's note: During the past three
months, a team of Daily reporters conducted
*n investigation of the causes and effects of
the Ann Arbor rental housing "crisis." In
this article, and in six others to follow, the
results of that investigation are presented.
By ELAINE RIDEOUT
Ten years ago, the average monthly rent for
a two-bedroom, 4 person apartment in Ann Arbor
was approximately $65 per person. The vacancy
rate was 3.6 per cent, and a small management
company named McKinley was just getting
9 Today, the monthly rent for that two-bedroom
apartment is more than $120 per person, the
vacancy rate is less than one per cent, and the
city's largest rental agency-McKinley
Associates-manages more than 10,000 units
IN 1976, RENTS in the city had risen by more
than 300 per cent over a 20 year period. During
the same period the national rate of inflation was
less than half that-133 per cent, according to
U.S. Census and Labor Department statistics.
And the typical tenant can expect to pay bet-
ween nine and 14 per cent more in rent during the
next school year.
A horde of University students annually com-
petes for and complains about the limited selec-
tion, price, and quality of apartments and houses
near campus. And tenant-landlord tension in the
city has a long and fierce history.
ACCORDING TO a 1976 Institute for Social
Research report the most common renter com-
plaints included thin walls, either too much or
not enough heat, inadequate supply of hot water,
and minor maintenance problems.
Between 30 and 40 per cent of the 680 renters
surveyed cited lack of security, storage and floor
space, and cockroaches and other insects as
problems in their units.
University Economics Prof. Daniel Rubenfeld,
a member of the Mayor's 1975 Blue Ribbon
Citizen's Committee on Fair Rental Practices, is
one of many who says scarcity is the cause of the
city's "housing crisis."
"THE HOUSING shortage is what makes the
cost of local housing so high and the quality so
low," Rubenfeld said.
He explained that in Ann Arbor the effects of
low supply are compounded by many other fac-
tors, including high construction costs, a shor-
tage of land, high property taxes, restrictive
zoning laws and city building ordinances, and the
conservative lending policies of local lending in-
The shortage of University dormitory space,
and the growth of the University community in
the past decade are also cited as prime factors in
the imbalance of supply and demand for housing
in the city.
See A2, Page 9
Renting in A2:
By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
When William Rosenberg heard that
"some guy by the name of Shapiro", had
been selected as the new president of
the University of Michigan, he
welcomed the news, happy to know
"his" University had finally found a
But when he discovered th Univer-
sity's new president was "the Harold
Shapiro" whose parents and family he
had known so well in Montreal years
before, he was really surprised.
"I WAS SO startled," Rosenberg said,
yesterday at the afternoon-reception
held in honor of Shapiro's inauguration.
"Not because of not thinking he had it in
him to be president. It was just such a
coincidence. I called his mother when I
heard and sure enough - it was him."
Rosenberg attended McGill Univer-
sity in Montreal for a time - the same
institution from which Shapiro received
his undergraduate degree.
But Rosenberg is also a University
alumnus. He pointed proudly to his
"Maize and Blue" striped tie and the
University of Michigan patch em-
blazoned on his navy blue jacket. "This
is where I'm from," he said. The red
Canadian maple leaf pin on his jacket
tells the other part of the story.
He explained that he graduated from
the University with a degree in ar-
chitecture, displaying his blue-stoned
college ring with the graduation year
1941 written in gold on the side.
MANY OF those who attended
Shapiro's inauguration were like
Rosenberg - friends of the Shapiros,
alumni, academicians from other
Scolleges and universities, faculty
members, University administration
and staff. There were also public of-
ficials, like Michigan Lieutenant Gov.
James Brickley, and a smattering of
U's role in society
By JULIE ENGEBRECHT
If the University uses society's
resources carefully, the decade of the
1980s can be a springboard for advan-
cement and progress, University
President Harold Shapiro said in his
inaugural address yesterday.
"We do not intend to stand politely by
and thus risk slipping backward during
the coming decade," Shapiro said.
Rather, the University must face the
challenge and commit itself to main-
taining the distinction'of programs an-
its responsibility to the community, he
SHAPIRO, AS the University's 10th
president, was officially invested with
the powers of his office yesterday,
before a crowd of 3,000 at Hill
Representatives of almost 400
colleges, universities, and learned
societies from across the continent took
part inthe colorful ceremony yester-
day morning. Officials representing a
number of University constituencies,
Lt. Gov. James Brickley, University of
Chicago President Hanna Gray,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chancellor Irving Shain brought
congratulations to Shapiro and the
University. Friends and family of the
Shapiros', Regents, administrators,
faculty, staff, students, and public of-
ficials also attended.
Shain labeled these times an era
when the job of a university president
seems unappealing because of "the
many constraints imposed on the office.
"TO HAVE A man of President
Shapiro's stature accept the challenge
of the 80's in higher education brings a
Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
renewed sense of optimism for the
future," he said.
Michigan Student, Assembly
President James Alland said the
University must work towards
academic freedom and student par-
ticipation in policy decisions.
Gray, speaking for private univer-
sities said that when the University's
third president, James Angell, spoke at
her university, he warned of the
dangers of overemphasizing athletics.
"The University of Chicago took these
words somewhat more seriously" than
the University of Michigan has, she
said, adding that the challenge faced by
Shapiro would be more severe than of
ECONOMICS Department Chairman
Saul Hymans, a close friend of
See SHAPIRO'S, Page 5
In a move that banished thoughts of
another Michigan Student Assembly
election scandal, the Central Student
Judiciary (CSJ) Sunday certified the
April 8 and 9 MSA general election.
The certification does. not include
Ballot Proposal B which would change
the current preferential voting system
to a plurality, or "straight" voting
system; the votes have not yet been
counted for this proposal because of a
pending CSJ suit which charges the new
voting system would violate the All-
APPARENTLY the only potential ob-
stacle to certification was the omission
of Realistic Party candidate Mark
Daniels' name from approximately 750
But Election Board Co-Chairman
Clarke Anderson reported to CSJ that
less than 10 per cent of all LSA used
ballots were cast for Daniels' party.
Anderson told CSJ he thought "he
(Daniels) won't raise hell about (the
True to Anderson's prediction,
Daniels said last night he will not pur-
sue the matter. "Looking at it
realistically," he said, "it really didn't
look like I had a shot."
CSJ justice Mark Lazare said, "It is
pretty clear to me that Daniels had no
chance of winning."
ECONOMIST HAROLD SHAPIRO was officially inaugurated as the University's 10th president yesterday. Delegates
from academic institutions all over the world attended yesterday's ceremony. Among the day's highlights was an
afternoon inaugural concert performed by music school students.
IRAN HOSTAGES 'IN RATHER GOOD SHAPE':
From UPI and AP Press Radio
Two officials of the International Red terview. "
Cross, one of them a physician, spent people have
nearly 10 hours inside the U.S. Em- difficult psy
bassy in Tehran yesterday and were they did app
allowed to see all 50 hostages. "OF COU
"To me they appeared in rather good this is just
shape," Harald Schmid de Gruneck, than others
one of the Red Cross officials who want to em
visited the hostages, told the Associated grave problE
Network in a telephone in-
You can imagine thoseI
e been there under rathera
ychological conditions and
pear in good shape.;
RSE there are some people,
human, who support less
those conditions, but still I
nphasize there is no very
China may stifle political dissent
"We were able to take the names of
those hostages, to take the address of
their family in the States, and their
telephone number and on top of this -
and I do believe this is most important
to reassure the families in the States -
we were able to get from each hostage a
message, a Red Cross message, which
will be sent to his family.
It was the third visit by the Red Cross
since the embassy seizure 163 days ago,
but the longest and most comprehen-
sive to date.
A MILITANT spokesman told United
Press International the Swiss officials
were accompanied by several Iranian
officials and met with all 50 Americans.
A guard at the embassy gates said the
visit "is progressing slowly, very
slowly," and that "a lot of time" was
being spent with the hostages.
The official Pars news agency,
quoting the militants, said the Red
Cross representatives were allowed to
examine the captives' physical and
psychological condition ana to inspect
The "permanent doctor of the spies
(hostages) also participated in the
visit," the militants told Pars. This doc-
tor was not further identified.
SCHMID DE GRUNECK, chief dele-
gate of the International Committee of
the Red Cross in Tehran, accompanied
a medical doctor, Bernard Liebeskind,
on the visit which began around 1 p.m.,
Meanwhile, in Washington, State
Department. officials said President
Carter has not set a deadline for U.S.
allies to initiate sanctions or break
relations with Iran.
The officials said Carter left a
"misimpression" in a weekend inter-
view in which he told European
television correspondents there is "a
specific date" by which the U.S. expec-
ts success in "this common effort."
PEKING (UPI) - Chinese leaders
moved to muffle political dissent com-
pletely yesterday by calling for an end
to press freedom, public rallies, and.
critical wall posters.
The crackdown was proposed by the
120-member standing committee of the
Parliament of National People's
Their recommendations are almost
certain to be adopted by the Corngress -
expected to meet in a full session in
June - whose more than 3,000 mem-
bers traditionally have rubber-stamped
decisions of the top-ranking standing
committee and other Chinese leaders.
PEKING RADIO announced the im-
pending crackdown in a Chinese-
language news broadcast, but provided
The recommendations would mean
the virtual end to the brief political
"springtime" after the 1976 death of
Chairman Mao Tse-tung and toppling of
the radical leaders known collectively
as the "Gang of Four."
During the so-called democracy
movement, which reached its peak in
Peking in late 1978, the constitutional'
guarantees of political freedom were
upheld by the pragmatic leadership
that replaced Mao and the Gang.
See CHINESE, Page 9
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Day One with that organization (the Anderson campaign
machine)." Canale added, "We thought that the
commitment was hard-standing," but said he thought the
Anderson campaign workers who he contacted got their
signals crossed. Canale said he thinks students should hear
the views of national political figures in an election year
and is disappointed by the lack of appearances of political
contenders in Ann Arbor. LI
About 25 blindfolded athletes and student activity leaders
Yearbooks in-on time, to boot
Congratulations are in order for the staff of the Michigan-
ensian because for the first time in three years, the
yearbooks are being distributed before the end of classes.
Priced at $13 per volume, the yearbooks contain 48 more
pages than last year's books with more emphasis on
University academics, according to Michiganensian
Editor-in-Chief Trish Refo. Other changes include 24 color
photos which not only include sports pictures as they have
in past years, but also include shots of the University, the
president's house, and North Campus, Refo said. The
gave students, a good excuse to "party-down," State News
reporter Ky Owens said yesterday. Owens explained that a
raccoon, caught and "fried" in the university's 46,000 volt
transformer, caused the blackout. The power apparently
started to dim around 8:05 p.m. and failed completely about
10 minutes later. According to Owens, the campus-wide
power failure lasted for almost and hour and a half. On-
campus students scrambled for candles, some lit bonfires,
and at the News, reporters struggled to write their stories
by candlelight.Did they meet their deadline? "Not quite,"
said Owens. 0
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