Small-Town Feel

Ann Arbor is a close-knit community. Spend a few months here and you know everyone. But there are also many trademarks of the big city. Highly educated; endless and often obscure cultural happenings; and a super-diverse population from all over the world. This combination of small-town feel with cosmopolitanism creates the unique Ann Arbor vibe.

The most immediate benefit of this diversity comes in form of amazing food options. From Taiwanese  to Vegan Indian, it’s all within a short walk.

This combination of small-town feel with cosmopolitanism creates the unique Ann Arbor vibe.

Which brings me to the greatest thing about living in Ann Arbor: Walking! You can walk anywhere. Walk to the Farmers Market for fresh produce. Walk to the new Mani for inspired Italian small plates. Walk to the internationally renowned Encore Records for vinyl. Walk to the Elks Lodge for underground dance parties. Walk to Selma Café for brunch served in a living room and prepared by rotating local chefs. Walk to UMMA for art. And as the city embraces high-density downtown living, you will surely find even more exciting destinations to walk to in the coming years!

- Tobias Wacker is founder and owner at dapp, a design incubator that makes modern goods using traditional techniques and materials. To keep things balanced, he owns lab coffee shop in Ann Arbor.