Tidbits of Interest
Century old residences and lavish examples of Greek revival and Victorian architecture grace the Huron River as a tribute to the cityís early history of prosperity and success fueled by automotive industry. Another population boom occurred with the construction of the Willow Run bomber plant during World War II. Throughout its history, the city has managed to enhance its vitality and image.
One of Ypsilantiís focal points is the lake that Henry Ford developed to provide hydro-electric power for his flourishing automobile manufacturing plants in the 1930s. Today, Ford Lake serves as an all-season sports facility for the entire community, anchoring a number of recreational amenities. Residents also enjoy the Green Oaks Golf Course, playgrounds, picnic areas, riverfront parks, bike paths, sports fields, tennis courts, and senior center.
Ypsilanti has been positively influenced by its institutions for higher learning, particularly the acclaimed Eastern Michigan University. The university offers more than 210 degree programs to over 23,000 students in 5 colleges and boasts one of the largest cooperative job placement programs in the state. An extensive calendar of events also ensures a rich variety of theatrical, art, and musical productions.