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Thursday, July 5,2012

Urban Revelation

Lynn Orta creates a garden universe in a west side parking lot

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every morning, Griffith reads her Bible and watches Lynn from her window. "We thought it was a job she had, but we found out it was just something she likes to do. Everybody around here, they know it’s Lynn’s garden."
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Drowning in stories

Greater Lansing Business Monthly marks 25 years of small business cheerleading

by Lawrence Cosentino
Thursday, the Greater Lansing Business Monthly celebrates its silver anniversary with a party on the riverfront from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center with live music, food and boat rides and guest speakers.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Jazz up your weekend

Meet the East Lansing Summer Solstice headliners

by Lawrence Cosentino
Staff sergeant, song stylist Light doesn’t always travel at the speed of light, no matter what Einstein said. Follow a shadow at dusk in mid-June.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Mill Supplies' mad makeover

Artist Tiffany Klein launches a gallery and workshop in a 102-year-old downtown Lansing building

by Lawrence Cosentino
Klein, a Lansing-based artist and interior designer, needs a laboratory more than she needs a gallery. In her hands, plaster becomes velvet, fiberboard turns into wood and PVC pipes aspire to the glory of Roman columns. Her wall-sized, multimedia art glimmers with gemstones and mirror shards, with frames made of textured cement.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Karp finds a bigger pond

Lansing developer picked for $85 million project in Detroit

by Lawrence Cosentino
Detroit’s Capitol Park is a quiet triangle of benches and planters surrounded by grand old buildings that are better described as sky-ticklers than skyscrapers. They shelter, rather than loom, as people chat and feed pigeons in the modest-sized park.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Down-they-go Abbey?

College puts three century-old houses up for auction; preservationist says it's an 'empty gesture'

by Lawrence Cosentino
Despite a flurry of objections from local preservationists, Lansing Community College is sticking to its plans to replace three century-old downtown houses at the southwest corner of North Capitol Avenue and Saginaw Street with a welcome area welcome sign.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Two for the Books

Gay Okemos couple shares a lifetime of collecting with MSU and the community

by Lawrence Cosentino
Mark Ritzenhein and Stephen Wilensky love to recall the afternoon in the early 1990s when they crossed the Yarlung River in a wooden boat, heading into Tibet, listening to the clicking of unsoftened yak cheese.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

LCC's wrecking ball to strike again

Three houses from the 19th and early 20th century are to come down for a green space with signs. One was the home of department store owner F.N. Arbaugh. City official surprised.

by Lawrence Cosentino
"The fact of this building coming down upsets me more than us losing our office," Bonnie Faraone, wife of attorney Michael Faraone, told the group. The Faraones have kept their law office at 617 N. Capitol, built in 1888, for eight years. "We're just a person who's going to pass through time, like everyone else," Faraone said. "This thing has survived 124 years."
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Subduing a hulk

Old Town's Walker Building goes from green to serene

by Lawrence Cosentino
The recent life of Old Town’s historic Walker Building has been a lot like the Hulk’s, only in reverse. When it was big and green, nobody noticed it. Now that it’s settled down and dressed in earth tones, it’s turning heads.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Keeping what's left

Preservation Lansing awards shine a light on great old buildings and the people who love them

by Lawrence Cosentino
Just eight buildings (pictured above) and two districts have been designated as historic by Lansing. The Ottawa-Walnut Historic District consists of two double houses at 320-328 W. Ottawa Street, among the few remaining 19th-century town houses and apartments once common in Lansing.
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