ANN ARBOR – “Campus isn’t the same without you,” reads the post by the University of Michigan from Friday.
The one-minute video features scenes from a completely empty Ann Arbor campus and downtown, set to somber music during what was supposed to be a bustling semester that saw classes and commencement canceled and dorms vacated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unprecedented closure of schools and businesses have left Ann Arbor feeling like a ghost town at times. On a regular day, Stadium Blvd. -- often a sea of maize and blue shirts and jerseys during football season -- is largely abandoned and quiet as more and more people stay home for fear of becoming infected.
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Steps away from campus, the Michigan and State theaters have been using their marquees to send messages to the downtown community.