I was enthralled by the city streets of Ann Arbor when I first visited during early autumn in my senior year of high school.
Being a student down south, I had never actually seen colors on the trees change to this degree.
There are so many trees along each street that a stroll from one city block to the next will yield gorgeous and sublime views. Many people talk about The Diag, as it’s the heart of the downtown area and the center of student life at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. This courtyard is littered with diagonal walkways going in a variety of directions, which gives it the infamous name. Some of the buildings that are along The Diag are West Hall, Randall Lab, the Hatcher Graduate Library, the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Angell Hall, Mason Hall, Haven Hall, Tisch Hall, and others. Although I’m not a University of Michigan student, I have an apartment on Hill St and often walk through The Diag on afternoons when the foot traffic isn’t too high, especially in the summer when there are much fewer students on campus. It’s common for me to smell clouds of weed smoke while I’m walking through The Diag on days where the weather is pleasant outside. There is also the Law Quadrangle between Monroe St and University Ave which contains Neo-Gothic buildings and the University’s Law School. All of these picturesque areas are home to clouds of marijuana smoke on varying days at varying times. It’s a basic fact about Ann Arbor and its downtown area.