The fact that many Michigan cities are considered among the best places to live in the nation may surprise some people, but it won’t surprise anyone from Michigan. These exciting cities house or are near all of Cooley’s Michigan campus locations, whether Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, or Lansing. This post, the first of a series by Sharon Matchette about Cooley’s great campus locations, focuses on Ann Arbor.
Cooley’s Ann Arbor-based students, faculty, and staff uniformly love what the famous “city of trees” has to offer. It’s easy to see why.
Most recently, Ann Arbor topped Movoto Real Estate’s list of “Most Exciting Places in Michigan.” The city, known for its summer festivals, unique restaurants and multitude of entertainment venues has been named Michigan’s most exciting place by Movoto.
Criteria for the recognition include nightlife, live music venues, parks, arts and entertainment choices, a higher percentage of non-fast food restaurants, and a higher percentage of the 18-34 population.
Summer is a particularly active time in the city, with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival running from June 13 to July 6, celebrating the best in theater, dance, music, and comedy evenings in the main area of Ingalls Mall, the Power Center, and Hill Auditorium. Events yet to come in the festival include NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” blues legends Robert Cray and Mavis Staples, George Bedard & the Kingpins, children’s events, and more.
Soon it will be time for the renowned Ann Arbor Art Fair, which runs July 16-19 and has been going strong for more than 50 years. The event is now actually four fairs in one, including the original art fair, the State Street Art Fair, the Guild’s Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and the South University Art Fair.
Ann Arbor has no shortage of accolades and awards for being one of the most desirable places to live. Among other tributes, Ann Arbor has been named to “America’s Best Main Streets” by Fodor’s Travel, as one of “America’s Greatest Main Streets” by Travel & Leisure Magazine, one of the “Ten Coolest Cities in the Midwest” by MSN Travel, and among the “Ten Best Cities for Families” byParenting Magazine and the “Best Place in Michigan to Raise Your Kids” by Business Week Magazine.
The city was also listed second among the Top 10 College Towns, the Best Cities for New Grads, and the Most Educated Cities; third for Best Midwest Food Towns, and the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Well-Being; and fourth for Most Walkable City, and The Country’s Most Well-Read Cities. Check here for additional insights into the wonders of Ann Arbor.
Come and visit Cooley’s Ann Arbor campus. We know you will love what you see!
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