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4 Days to Football and Reasons #9, #8, and #7 to Love Ann Arbor

There are just 5 Days Left Till Kick-off, but we're running a little behind on the Countdown. So with 5 Days Left, you’re gonna get three reasons a post to Love Ann Arbor! So, here's #9 in our continuing Series of 100 Days to Football and 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor.

#9 – WCBN



The place where the magic happens. It's a smelly basement that should've been condemned years ago, but it's home to the finiest student radio station in the country. Probably not a shocker, but yours truly is a WBCN alum and former occasional host of Ann Arbor Tonight. 88.3 on your dial, number 1 in your hearts. For over 50 years, WCBN's been broadcasting student run programing on everything from the news, to fashion, to hip-hop. The shows are fresh and the people compelling. Gotta love it. It's #9 in our Countdown and Reason #9 to Love Ann Arbor.

#8 – Main Street Ann Arbor



Just one of those quintessential small town aspects that makes Ann Arbor so endearing. While the cliche of the "Main Street" is played out in crappy tourist trap hamlets throughout Michigan, Main Street Ann Arbor lives up to its name. Almost everything a visitor or a resident can possibility need lies within a block of Main Street, that is if they don't find it on Main Street itself. Festivals (like St. Paddy's Day, above), jewelery, fine dining, bad dining, clothes, books, bars, music, everything is located on its sidewalks. As all small town Main Streets should be, but few are, Main Street Ann Arbor is a pedestrian zone first, throughway second. Ample stoplights make it a pain in the butt to drive through but a breeze to walk. No visit to Ann Arbor is complete without spending the better part of a day walking Main Street, that's why it's #8 in our Countdown and Reason #8 to Love Ann Arbor.

#7 – The Rock



People love this thing. I don't know why. But they love it. On game day it's always painted. There's more paint on this thing than in the Met in New York. I'm convinced it started off as a pebble and grew simply by having layer after layer of paint poured on it. It's #7 in our Countdown and Reason #7 to Love Ann Arbor.

If you've got suggestions on places you'd like to see, email me with a photo or a description and we'll get your favorite hangouts in the countdown as well. I'll also try to get a link on the sidebar in the coming days that allows you to see all 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor.