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Thursday, October 2,2014

Police move south

New Lansing police station a win-win for the city

by Belinda Thurston
THURSDAY, OCT. 2 – The new Lansing Police Department Operations Center is a testament to creative use of space and creative partnerships.The Lansing School District gets a tenant for a largely v
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Still tuned to Heaven

Historic landmark St. Paulīs Episcopal Church turns 100

by Lawrence Cosentino
A century of storms and lulls havenīt put much of a dent in St. Paulīs Episcopal Church in downtown Lansing. The arched mass of stained glass embedded in the churchīs south wall, facing the state Capitol on Ottawa Street — the glorious Te Deum Laudamus window — still makes the church look like a giant vintage radio, tuned to Heaven.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Throughout the past 10 years, as this building sat vacant, it served as the subject of studies by area professionals as well as students of interior design at Michigan State University. Designed by Orley Munson of the Lansingbased architectural firm Bowd Munson, this sleek landmark was constructed by the Christman Co., which completed work in 1938.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

A long 200 yards

Michigan Flyer and passengers challenge Detroit Metro bus stop change

by Michael Gerstein
Bogus. That’s what Chad Cushman has to say about why his Michigan Flyer now has to drop passengers off two football fields away from the terminal door at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. "All I know is it has nothing to do with safety," said Cushman, vice president of the Michigan Flyer/Indian Trails company.
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Tuesday, September 30,2014

Seed Money

Nearly $200,000 in federal grant dollars will go to local farmers market efforts

by KRISTA WILSON
The season of giving started a little early this year for two local farmers markets groups. The Michigan Farmers Market Association in East Lansing and the Allen Neighborhood Center on Lansing’s East side, received grants totaling $190,038 from the Local Food Promotion Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Briefly stated

by City Pulse
The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority was approved by the Lansing City Council 7-0 Monday bringing joint regulation of taxi service for the first time in the region. The authority will also regulate ride-share services like Uber. The authority consolidates regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This building is not particularly appealing, although it demonstrates some potential. Its simple massing and elegant brick dentils are offset by unfortunate alterations at the street. The current main entrance is paired with an alternate doorway to the right, accessing the upper floor. When the building was constructed in 1919, it may have served as a neighborhood focus, conveniently providing goods or services to residents nearby and an equally convenient dwelling above the shop.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Second time around

Snyder finding tougher sledding as the incumbent

by Mickey Hirten
There are elections where voters seem confused, perhaps ambivalent, about candidates and their performance and positions on issues. Not so this year, certainly not for Gov. Rick Snyder. That he and the Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, are essentially tied two months before the election suggests that voters have paid attention during Snyderīs first term. At this point in his first run for office, Snyder was ahead of Democratic Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero by 20 points in most polls. This time, itīs not so easy.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Supercharged

Charging your laptop or phone is a picnic at the Lansing City Market

by Belinda Thurston
The patio at the Lansing City Market got a little greener Tuesday. A new picnic table with a green and white umbrella provided shade from the Indian summer sunshine, but it’s the juice from the table that will really entice you to sit for a spell. The Solar Power-Dok is a solar-powered table that provides electricity to outlets (4 110 vac GFCI and 4 USB) at the table. Solar panels are affixed on the umbrella panels sending current through a conduit to a battery at the base of the table.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Drive-by

Ghost bike a haunting reminder of cycling fatalities

by Belinda Thurston
The pasty white bicycle leaning against the street sign at first looks like an act of vandalism imitating art. The tires are painted, along with the frame, handlebars and cables. Closer inspection reveals green plastic flowers in nearly every spoke. The bicycle at the corner of Pennsylvania and Michigan avenues is a haunting memorial to a cyclist who died at that corner in May 2013.
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