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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Getting a pat on the roof

Five buildings nominated for first Preservation Lansing awards

by Lawrence Cosentino
For decades, Lansing blithely bulldozed its historic buildings and neighborhoods to make room for freeways, urban renewal projects and bland architectural junk. The city is still behind the curve compared to other places — even East Lansing — that cherish historic urban fabric. This year, a new preservation group has found concrete (and brick and wood) evidence that the city is catching up slightly.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Crossroads and corner store

One thing leads to another as Goodrich's Shop-Rite marks 75 years in business

by Lawrence Cosentino
In less than a minute, I was chatting with amiable Ernst Floeter, 89, who came to the United States in 1944 as a P.O.W., captured by Americans on D-Day. Floeter was repatriated to Germany after the war, but liked America so much that he came back for good 11 years later.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Closing the window on climate change

How much heat will it take to get fired up?

by Lawrence Cosentino
Vinifera grapes love dusty Mediterranean places like Morocco and Portugal. The vines are sinewy and stoic, like my Sicilian grandfather.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

'It was a good run'

Kristine Thatcher looks at life after Stormfield

by Lawrence Cosentino
Parking lot seagulls pace around the Sears water tower in the Frandor Shopping Center, looking as out of place as Chekhov characters in a strip mall.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

'Build on it'

Land Bank finishes rehab of 530 Pacific Ave. as new owners move in

by Lawrence Cosentino
Other than hinting at a previous marriage, Greenwood didn't want to talk much about the life she's leaving behind. In February, she started her own business, Open Arms, a companion service for elderly people.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Something Old Town, something new

Etienne Charles and John Douglas trumpet this weekend's JazzFest

by Lawrence Cosentino
On June 5, U.S. Rep. Howard Berman of California recognized the Trinidad-born trumpeter and Michigan State University professor for his "musical contributions to nationals of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the world," as part of a resolution marking Caribbean American Heritage Month.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

How 'Spartacus' broke the blacklist

Kirk Douglas recalls a watershed epic

by Lawrence Cosentino
One morning in junior high school, I walked into class and saw a film-noir scene chalked in painful detail on the blackboard. I was stumbling down an alley, bleeding and clutching my stomach, with a huge smile on my face.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Fivesome on the fairway

Big talk boils down to a handful of options for the Red Cedar project

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, Lansing received five proposals to develop 12.5 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course on the city’s eastern fringe. With sky-high hopes for regional transformation riding on the project, the proposals plopped on the porch with a lighter thunk than expected.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Keri Litwiller swims with the big fish

by Lawrence Cosentino
There's no financing and no developer, but there is a lot of passion. Litwiller has been thinking about the idea for two years. She proposed it to the Lansing City Council earlier this summer, but got no reply to her letter.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Where are they bound?

The Black Child and Family Institute moves out of the old Genesee School; the Lansing School District hasn't yet decided what to do with the building

by Lawrence Cosentino
The movers sifted the traces of hundreds of childhood and adult education classes, recreational and cultural programs, town hall meetings and summer camps. There were ribbons from holiday food baskets, blank forms from Ingham County health programs and photos of smiling kids raking leaves around the old building.
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