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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Great Lakes Superior

5812-D S. Cedar St., Lansing. Hours: M-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (517) 580-4461

by City Pulse
This small, white building is unmistakable to southbound travelers on Cedar Street with its giant red cross and cannabis leaf painted on the side. Upon entering through a screen door, there were two counters and a small waiting area with magazines and a television.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Feedback

On the Snyder budget

by Readers
The Governor’s call for everyone to share in the burden of recovery for Michigan may sound fair, but a sense of injustice rises when people who have played no part in the general economic decline face economic losses for which they’re not at fault.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Eye candy! of the week

Property: Former Lansing Board of Water and Light substation, Valley Court Park, East Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
In the 19th century, it was common practice to move a building ' sometimes more than once ' from one place to another. It was ordinary to see a building sliced in parts and moved piece by piece to a new site. Although less common in the latter half of the 20th century, it’s still used today for saving buildings of historic significance.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

First Ward race thickens

Martinez commits to the First Ward, a fifth candidate jumps in, and who will get labor support?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Former State Rep. Lynne Martinez has settled on running for Lansing City Council in the First Ward instead of At-Large, where she would have faced two incumbents with strong labor support.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Sidewalk correspondence

A Lansing Township official takes a letter from Lansing over a proposed joint sidewalk project as “bullying.” The city says it wasn’t meant that way

by Andy Balaskovitz
A letter the Bernero administration said was meant to help move along the proposed Waverly Road sidewalk project has drawn the ire of one Lansing Township official.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

The ins and outs of EMS

Poking the sacred cow of public versus private emergency medical services

by Andy Balaskovitz
hat started out as a simple question ' how can deficit-ridden Lansing save $1 million in its emergency medical service, or EMS, budget? ' turned into an inquiry so fraught with political and economic feuds, that one private ambulance company told me I was “poking the sacred cow” that is ambulance service.
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Friday, April 1,2011

Groesbeck is burning

Well, just the unwanted, non-native, invasive plants

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 31 — In effort to restore native plant vegetation and the ecological health of local ponds, the Ingham County drain commissioner set a portion of Groesbeck Golf Course and nearby wetlands ablaze today.
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Thursday, March 31,2011

First life of a landmark

How the Ottawa Street Power Station fired up and flamed out

by Lawrence Cosentino
State of the art equipment, hidden smokestacks and a stunning stylized-flame design made the Ottawa Power Station the city’s most cherished landmark. Slowly, it sank under the silt of time, neglect and architectural indignities, until its full-blown resurrection as the world headquarters of the Accident Fund Insurance Co of America.
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Thursday, March 31,2011

Eyesore of the week

120 W. Church St., Williamston

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 120 W. Church St., Williamston Owner: Stanley and Margaretta Freburg Assessed value: $61,300 Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This address boasts one of the most amazing bay windows in the Lansing area.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Phoenix Risen

How ‘the dominoes fell up’ to revive a great building and a determined city

by Lawrence Cosentino
In early autumn of 2006, two anonymous visitors asked for a tour of Lansing’s derelict Ottawa Power Station. It was an unusual request.The city usually had to coax people into venturing inside the once-splendid landmark on the Grand River, by then an intractable and embarrassing symbol of decay.
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