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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Rumor has it that there are Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Okemos. It's a mid-century suburban legend you may have been privy to at some time or another, often uttered when the subject turns to architecture at any formal or informal gathering in the Lansing area.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Of watchdogs and gadflies

A devoted group in East Lansing, unsuccessful in seeking a City Council appointment, frustrates its target

by Andy Balaskovitz
They're like the Lansing City Council regulars but better versed in legal issues and more litigious. A trio of East Lansing City Council candidates who each unsuccessfully sought the appointment to one vacant seat earlier this month — Jeffrey Hank, Hans Larsen and Phil Bellfy — could be described as a major pain in City Attorney Tom Yeadon's neck.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Regional Gem or Bastardization?

Lansing area leaders weigh in on Eastwood Towne Center

by Sam Inglot
Bring up Eastwood Towne Center in conversation with any one of the various officials or leaders in Ingham County and you're likely to get a range of thoughts on the development. It all depends on whom you talk to. The ever-expanding development northwest of U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road has sparked both controversy and support among neighboring jurisdictions ever since its creation 10 years ago.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Notes from the political sidelines

by Walt Sorg
Jennifer Granholm and I have at least one thing in common: neither of us plans to run for public office again. I can hear the masses cheering already! We are finally free to say exactly what we are thinking without worrying about the political fallout.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Advocates rally against medical marijuana changes

by Kyle Melinn
Medical marijuana advocates are tired of the Republican-led Legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette chipping away at the 2008 voter-initiated law. Today they're planning on letting them know.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

What's with people named Gary Glenn?

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Gary Glenn the Lansing sign painter is sounding like Gary Glenn the well-known homophobe who runs the American Family Association-Michigan.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Signs go up

Walnut Neighborhood residents, fed up with another Niowave no-show, display their frustration

by Andy Balaskovitz
Three or four weeks ago, Walnut Neighborhood resident Dale Schrader had 100 lawn signs made urging neighborhood company Niowave to "fix the facade!" of its new 14,000-square-foot pole barn in the residential neighborhood west of Old Town.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Development digest

Where are they now? The greater Lansing area's major development projects and where they stand, revisited.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Of seven major development projects waiting to rise in Lansing in 2009, four — Capitol Club Tower, City Center Studios, Lansing Gateway and SOBI Square — never got off the ground. The other three — Pat Gillespie's Market Place and Ball Park North projects and the Lawton Group's The Lenawee (now called Reutter Park Place) — are still waiting to be built.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

The Geoph Espen Files

A deeper look at the man who tagged the Capitol

by Sam Inglot
A young artist defaces the Capitol and a state war memorial in retaliation after authorities prevent him from illegally holding an art show in an abandoned building. He gets caught and faces up to five years in jail. He says he will plead guilty. If you think this young man has already received enough publicity, then read no further.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: One glance at 722 Chestnut and it's clear that one of its character-defining features is a large front gable dormer stationed prominently on the roof. Gables are clever architectural features that increase light and useable space to an attic or loft area.
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