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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 2221 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing Owner: Ingham Co. Land Bank This building exhibits great potential as a neighborhood resource and invites the public to offer suggestions regarding its continued use. The front elevation has been covered with a field of black paint and the repea...
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

In the name of Schuette

AG furthers political ambition through courts

by Mickey Hirten
If you´re a citizen in Michigan there are lots of things you´re are against. At least in the courts. You oppose same-sex marriage. You want to gut the Affordable Care Act. You object to President Obama´s plan to temporarily defer the deportation of 5 million undocumented immigrants. Not on your agenda? It doesn´t matter. These are the positions advanced by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in federal courts. An MICKEY HIRTEN attorney general has wide latitude to pursue actions that advance a political agenda, and Schuette´s alignment with other Republican attorneys general does just that.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Land blank

Blight a concern as vacant lots explode

by Todd A. Heywood
The houses sit side by side on Bluff Street, a block north of Oakland Avenue near downtown. Their lots are overgrown with trees and weeds and trash. The windows are boarded up. Inside the houses are in even worse condition. In one, the ceiling is caving in and the walls are scarred with water stains. The other has been gutted to the wood frame. Two City of Lansing recycling carts sit in front of the buildings, stinking from the rotting garbage.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Blind justice

District Court seeks cameras for City Hall

by Todd A. Heywood
When Anethia Brewer, court administrator for 54-A District Court, walks through the court facilities in Lansing City Hall, she is aware of the security lapses.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

‘Free the weed’

Lansing’s mayor joins Tommy Chong and others at Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash

by Steve Green
It´s the first Saturday in April, Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, and at the University of Michigan the crowd is primed, lighting up in public without fear or harassment or arrest. The odor of burning pot accompanied by promarijuana signs, young and old wearing marijuana themed shirts. This year’s Hash Bash included the traditional “smoke-in” protest and an extralong list of speakers, among them Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. He was joined by poet/activist John Sinclair, whose arrest 44 years ago for possessing two joints initiated Hash Bash activism, and by stonercomic Tommy Chong, Michigan Rep. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor and others.
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Friday, April 3,2015

Lansing report

New, improved robot fish designed for Great Lakes

by Capital News Service
LANSING — New and improved robot fish will soon track live fish and toxic algae blooms in the Great Lakes. This next-generation fish, going on its second year of development, is the third model built by Xiaobo Tan, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, and his research team.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Containing the containers

Dart hustles to recycle itself after New York City bans plastic foam

by Lawrence Cosentino
Tour the Mason headquarters of Dart Container Co., the world´s largest maker of foam cups and take-out food containers, and you´d think the corporate cup runneth over. The glassy 110,000-square-foot administration building that opened last fall still smells of new carpet and wood. It houses Dart´s offices, engineering and IT departments, a fitness center and dining complex. Nearby, a new half-millionsquare-foot warehouse is almost finished. Renovations and additions are going on everywhere you look.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Beacon of sunlight

Why BWL’s solar energy project is a big deal for Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing Board of Water & Light is poised to be a statewide leader as Michigan starts a new chapter of renewable-energy development. When a utility official confirmed last month that the BWL has chosen a developer to build a 20-megawatt solar energy project in its service territory, it announced what would easily be the largest solar project in Michigan. But experts say the project also signals a new phase for the fledgling solar industry here, which till now has been perceived as too expensive to develop on a utility scale.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Broad Museum of Art East Lansing This imposing edifice is sited at the eastern approach to Michigan State University’s campus, where it provides a simple welcome in familiar architectural forms, supplemented with a modern twist. Although only a few years have passed sin...
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Knapp’s awakening

After a slow start, the Knapp’s Centre is filling up, LSJ a likely addition

by Mickey Hirten
The Knapp´s Centre in downtown Lansing is beginning to fill with tenants. The Eyde Co., which owns the building, has relocated its offices there. Technology services firm Dewpoint has already expanded once and plans to take more space. The Lansing State Journal is negotiating to relocate on the third floor. And 75 percent of the upper-level apartments are leased.
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