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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Good buildings are not only attractive — they also have good DNA. What is building DNA? It's the original construction essentials like superior craftsmanship and quality materials that hold up through standing neglect.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

A venue cometh

A performing arts center is coming to Lansing Township — what's that mean for downtown Lansing?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Whoooooosh. That's the sound of Lansing Township leaving the city of Lansing in the dust on the goal of creating a performing arts center. On Oct. 1, construction is set to start on a 12,000-square-foot, 1,500-capacity performing arts venue at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

The global-local connections

by Terry Link
Sorry for the gulf between columns. I had the privilege of visiting West Africa — specifically, Burkina Faso and Senegal — last month as part of a small delegation from Lansing. Dropping in for a short time hardly makes me an authority on anything I experienced, but I was awakened to a world hitherto only glimpsed through books and TV disaster snippets.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

The empty halls of the Lansing School District

by Sam Inglot
Northwestern Elementary School, just south of the airport, looks more like a crack house than a school. The building, which has sat vacant for nearly a decade, is a sharp contrast to the surrounding neighborhood of modest homes.
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Friday, August 31,2012

Labor swings and misses on 'Protect Our Jobs'

by Kyle Melinn
One state Supreme Court decision is the only thing standing in the way of a constitutional collective bargaining guarantee being officially tossed off the November ballot. You hear that giant swirling sound?
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Tea Party not connecting with mainstream

by Kyle Melinn
For all the noise Tea Party activists are making within the Republican Party these days, you'd think this hodge-podge collection of every spectrum of conservatism imaginable would be kicking butt at the ballot box.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Where's Niowave?

Company sends a representative to a community meeting with little knowledge of the pole barn controversy

by Andy Balaskovitz
Residents of the Walnut Neighborhood want to move beyond airing their complaints about a 14,000-square-foot pole barn in the neighborhood. Problem is, their corporate neighbor is not showing up to community meetings to discuss solutions.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Convent down

A Church of the Resurrection building on the East Side comes down as a cost-cutting move for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
There will be no resurrecting a convent that stood for over 50 years on the campus of a historic church on the East Side. An official with the Catholic Diocese of Lansing confirmed Monday that the old convent, which was one of six buildings at the Church of the Resurrection in the Eastfield Neighborhood, was demolished because it was rarely used and too expensive to maintain.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Delhi blame game

Is a new era of politics dawning in Delhi Township?

by Sam Inglot
Following strong showings in the Aug. 7 primary, it's obvious a new breed of Republican politicians are gaining support in Delhi Township — and at least two township officials say the shift is contributing to a new era of divisive politics.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Great outdoor places, particularly outdoor rooms, are as invaluable to a community as great buildings. An outdoor room is an open-air place defined by edges, hedges and a tree canopy or garden walls — or it could be the outdoor space beneath the canopy of a filling station from an earlier era.
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