parker09 wrote:snickersnicker wrote: The 'central' part of Ann Arbor is around two square miles. There's some stuff on the outskirts but it's more urban sprawl-esque: malls, shopping strips, Whole Foods, etc. Between roughly Washtenaw on the east and 2nd Street on the west, and South Industrial on the south to Fuller Street at the north is considered Ann Arbor proper.
Ann Arbor is not a big city. I agree with the above poster that if you're looking to be busy outside of law school 24/7, Ann Arbor is probably not for you. It's possible, but the same fifteen or twenty bars and thirty or so restaurants would probably get old real quick if you're looking for big city life. There's more going on than a place like Cornell or UVA, but it's more like either of those than NYU.
Thanks! I don't really know how big 2 sq miles is (I really suck at distances/areas/spatial stuff), but it's got to be bigger then my ug's "town" which was really just one main street with some side branches. I like the idea of a small, liveable, not-too-distracting city-town.
Look at it this way. If you were to walk from, say, the south east corner of A2 proper, which is the edge of the campus/student area, to the northwest corner (far corner of the downtown), it could easily take you 45 min to an hour.
And there's a lot more to A2 than just that central area, essentially made up of central campus and downtown. There are neighborhoods spreading in all directions, a lot of things you have to get to by car. That's maybe my favorite part of Ann Arbor. Go to other college towns, and it's this small town area surrounded by fields. A2 is a small town area surrounded by some of the most picturesque neighborhoods I've ever seen surrounded by general surburbiaishness then surrounded by fields/forest. It's actually a fairly large city for not being a "big city", with 60,000-70,000 permanent residents, not including students. I've rarely come across other cities that give off the friendly, positive vibe A2 does.