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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Red Cedar: A facelift for the east side?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The City Council voted against asking Lansing residents permission to sell 12.68 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course back in May, but then changed its mind in August. Now, voters have the opportunity Tuesday to allow the city to sell off a portion of the abandoned golf course for redevelopment purposes.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Restoring Survival Kits

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
The Mid-Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross announced last week that the Mid- Michigan Food Bank, a pilot program of the American Red Cross that used to run the program, will merge with the Greater Lansing Food Bank by July 1, John Cauley, the chapter s executive director, said.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Yes, we have bananas

Bob Trezise Jr. moves on, albeit just a few blocks from Washington Square to Michigan Avenue: An exit interview

by Lawrence Cosentino
A new cooperative landscape is already taking shape in Michigan. Earlier this month, the Collaborative Development Council, a group of senior development gurus, came to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Council with a map that breaks the state into 10 development regions.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Cool autumn days are here and Halloween is just around the corner. There is no better way to enjoy the autumn than to stroll through Mason to admire the stunning residential architecture, including the breathtaking house at 210 East Maple St., located one block from Courthouse Square in downtown.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

First Ward fight

The candidates are sparring over whether Lynne Martinez received favoritism from the Ingham County Land Bank, as opponent Jody Washington charges

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Washington cited an article in Michigan State University’s student newspaper, The State News, that said a “$20,000 match The candidates are sparring over whether Lynne Martinez received favoritism from the Ingham County Land Bank, as opponent Jody Washington charges.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Standing at the crossroads

The Nov. 8 election could move the Lansing School District into a brighter future by selecting three candidates with “vision,” or the Board of Education could remain locked in conflict and controversy, experts say.

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
“It’s a matter of the school district really being at a crossroads,” said Ruben Martinez, director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. “Someone has to make some hard choices. Tomorrow’s leadership on the board is of utmost importance.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Plugging the 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Forum will address state’s racial disparity in suspensions, expulsions

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monts, the field director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Michigan chapter, was peeking down the hatch of a big piece of infrastructure nobody wanted to build, but that has managed to snake across Michigan anyway.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Save yourself money, vote yes on millage

by Kyle Melinn
Lansing is known as "The City in the Forest," having been designated a Tree City 23 times. But now the city’s forestry chief tells me his depleted ranks can hardly keep up with the demands of chopping down dead ones, let alone replacing them one-for-one as they did in the past.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

A one-sided look behind the curtain

Ferguson, LCC and Oliver Towers

by BERL SCHWARTZ
One rumor was that Ferguson influenced Carol Wood, Brian Jeffries, Eric Hewitt and Derrick Quinney to cast the prevailing votes against advancing the deal to a public hearing ' a decision that sent Davenport packing after its president declared the process too political.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Dedication to 'dedicated'

Does Carol Wood’s opposition to selling a portion of Red Cedar Golf Course contradict her support for selling green space near downtown in 2000?

by Andy Balaskovitz
However, contrary to its appearance back then, the park was not on the city’s inventory of “dedicated” parkland. Without such a designation ' and to some neighbors’ frustration at the time ' voter approval was not necessary for the city to sell off the land.
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