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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Looking beyond the obvious problems caused by the vegetation that has enveloped this simple house, it seems to be sited particularly close to the busy public way. The east-facing front porch would make for pleasant evening gatherings, sheltering its users from the setting summer sun. Outside but still covered, people can interact and strengthen neighborhood connections.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Two different cities

Disparity stark in Baltimore’s side-by-side neighborhoods

by Mickey Hirten
Just three weeks after rioting in some of Baltimore´s poorest neighborhoods, this past weekend´s Preakness Stakes, the city´s premier sporting event, happened without incident. I was there and as in years past, it was normal for the 2015 Triple Crown race. Baltimore is two very different cities, particularly three weeks ago. They intersect at events like the Preakness or Orioles´ games at Camden Yards, but only briefly.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

New Niowave charges

Neighbors contend company is scamming LEAP, city

by Todd Heywood
The Niowave pole barn saga continues with new questions raised by Walnut Neighborhood activists about expenses that the high-tech company has submitted to the city of Lansing for reimbursement. “Looks to me like Niowave scammed LEAP and the City again for the $62,000 Brownfield reimbursement, paying their own internal employees $53,853.51 and provided no explanation or breakdown of this internal charge,” activist Dale Schrader emailed other residents.
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Tuesday, May 19,2015

May flowers arrive

Volunteers brighten the Capitol grounds on Planting Day

by Brooke Kansier
TUESDAY, MAY 19 — The lawn of the state Capitol is in full bloom following this morning’s annual Capitol Flower Planting Day event. Despite temperatures in the 50s, the event gathered about 40 volunteers to work alongside Capitol event staff in sprucing up the lawn’s vacant flowerbeds.
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Thursday, May 14,2015

Councilwoman sued

Lansing law firm alleges fraud against Boles

by Todd Heywood
THURSDAY, MAY 14 — Lansing City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles is being sued by a Lansing law firm that claims she failed to deliver services she had agreed to do.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Attack of the 300-foot mushroom

Notice of proposed 911 tower mobilizes nearby residents, township officials

by Lawrence Cosentino
They reasoned. They pleaded. They cried. They bucked the sheriff. They hauled out visual aids. In the end, they toppled the invading tower — for now. A group of Clinton County residents got a whirlwind civics lesson last week when they banded together to fight off a proposed 300- foot wireless communication tower for emergency 911 services, scheduled to go up near several houses in Victor and Bath townships this fall.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 107 W. Riverside St. Williamston Owners: Paula and Ken Zichi Oops: City Pulse mislabeled this eyecandy as an eyesore last week, for which we deserve a black eye. When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a specta...
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Market makeover

Survey offers city suggestions to improve its ailing waterfront facility

by Mickey Hirten
Armed with the results from the survey it conducted this winter, Lansing is weighing a series of initiatives to reposition the struggling City Market.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

High road on potholes

Foolishness over, pols need to step up

by Mickey Hirten
Last week´s resounding defeat of the bloated Proposal 1 constitutional amendment puts funding for repairs of Michigan´s crumbling roads back where it belongs, in the state Legislature. It won´t be easy for lawmakers to hide from the real cost this time around, which is how it should be. And it´s unlikely the House, Senate and Governor´s Office can cobble together a plan to address decades of road repair neglect with budget gimmicks. They will need to make hard money decisions.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Help from Hertel

Senator aids same-sex partner to keep house

by Todd A. Heywood
The surviving member of a same-sex Lansing couple will be able to keep his house, thanks to the assistance of state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-Lansing. Mykul Johnson shared the the east-side house for 37 years with D. Thomas, who died in March. Then Johnson discovered that errors on the quit-claim deed on their home threatened his right to inherit it.
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