In this week's City Pulse:
Cover story: Corner store cornered
As multiple development pressures bear down on the nexus of MSU’s southwest gateway at Harrison and Trowbridge roads, longtime grocery store Goodrich’s Shop-Rite finds itself in the eye of a slow-motion cyclone of change. The news that Shop-Rite may close when its lease expires in August, pushed out by a proposed mixed-use development that calls for higher rent and six months of downtime for remodeling, has shoppers worried. We dig in to see how justified those fears are.
City Pulse welcomes new editorial director, Mickey Hirten
After a few months of downtime, Mickey Hirten returns to newspapering. From 2001 until this past August, he was executive editor of the Lansing State Journal. And then he wasn't. Not my choice, but new opportunities arose. This week, he introduces himself to City Pulse readers and the world of alternative weekly publications.
As Detroit retirees worry …
A federal judge Tuesday ruled Detroit could file Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Thousands of workers are wondering whether the federal bankruptcy court will wipe out some or all of their retirement pay, which averages $19,213 annually. City Pulse political columnist Walt Sorg takes a look at the issue and see what could be in store for the maligned metropolis
Passing the torte
Sostine and Mena Castriciano, owners of the 44-year-old Lansing institution Roma Bakery, recently put their business up for sale. And they did it with a very specific proviso: After they sell the bakery, they want to stay on to teach the new owner (or owners) how to run it. We find out whey they’re doing it and provide a sneak peek behind Mena’s upcoming cookbook.
Remembering Paul Walker
In 1998, MSU graduate Steve van Wormer co-starred in the live-action Disney comedy, “Meet the Deedles.” He played an adrenaline junkie working as a park ranger in Yellowstone with his twin brother, played by Paul Walker in his first headlining roll. Walker, who went on to star in a slate of Hollywood movies, including six films in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, died on Saturday in a car wreck in Santa Clara, Calif. Van Wormer pays tribute to Walker and recalls his time with the action star.
The anticipated annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived. Beaujolais Nouveau is always the first press from the annual French harvest, and by French law, it cannot be released until the third Thursday of November. Take a taste tour of this year’s crop.