City Pulse - News <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> This building is not particularly appealing, although it demonstrates some potential. Its simple massing and elegant brick dentils are offset by unfortunate alterations at the street. The current main entrance is paired with an alternate doorway to the right, accessing the upper floor. When the building was constructed in 1919, it may have served as a neighborhood focus, conveniently providing goods or services to residents nearby and an equally convenient dwelling above the shop.]]> <![CDATA[Uncharted territory]]> <![CDATA[Supercharged]]> The patio at the Lansing City Market got a little greener Tuesday. A new picnic table with a green and white umbrella provided shade from the Indian summer sunshine, but it’s the juice from the table that will really entice you to sit for a spell. The Solar Power-Dok is a solar-powered table that provides electricity to outlets (4 110 vac GFCI and 4 USB) at the table. Solar panels are affixed on the umbrella panels sending current through a conduit to a battery at the base of the table.]]> <![CDATA[Briefly stated]]> The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority was approved by the Lansing City Council 7-0 Monday bringing joint regulation of taxi service for the first time in the region. The authority will also regulate ride-share services like Uber. The authority consolidates regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.]]> <![CDATA[Second time around]]> <![CDATA[Drive-by]]> The pasty white bicycle leaning against the street sign at first looks like an act of vandalism imitating art. The tires are painted, along with the frame, handlebars and cables. Closer inspection reveals green plastic flowers in nearly every spoke. The bicycle at the corner of Pennsylvania and Michigan avenues is a haunting memorial to a cyclist who died at that corner in May 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Jump start]]> You’ve got to look up in the sky to catch the pre-game show before the Spartan football game Saturday. Eight figures will dive to the field in creative and daring formations ending with a giant American flag.]]> <![CDATA[Anti-incumbent mood]]> <![CDATA[Uber casualty]]> A taxi authority that began with a goal of regulating ride share services like Uber could end up adopting rules that squeeze out the little guy. The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority, already approved by East Lansing and awaiting the Lansing vote, would consolidate regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders. ]]> <![CDATA[Hoping for a handout]]> April and Will wake up each morning, make their bed, scrounge for breakfast and head to the library. Computers and Internet are free there. They own cell phones but can’t afford minutes. She goes to Facebook and posts what’s on her mind: “Got blessed today two nice young women came up to me and a friend and gave us $5 each 4 bags of chips 2 juices and two foot long subs and one big water bottle and two cookies."]]> <![CDATA[Justice for all]]> TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Nearly 150 people from across the state recently attended a summit in the name of justice – environmental justice. “Unfinished Business: Environmental Justice in Michigan” was held last Friday to raise awareness about low-income and often minority communities that are being exposed to greater amounts of pollution than other areas. It was hosted at Union Missionary Baptist Church.]]> <![CDATA[Rise and shine]]> TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Kathy Reddington said she would have marched to the capitol Saturday if there were only six people. But she ended up with a lot more company walking to with a goal of erasing the stigma and raising awareness for those struggling with addiction.]]> <![CDATA[Uncut story]]> They stood out like a sore thumb. They were hoping more like a sore penis. ]]> <![CDATA[Generation violence]]> <![CDATA[Eyecandy of the week]]> This property once served as a corner grocery, built in the 1920s by Anna and Michael Scieszka, who had recently emigrated from Poland. The simple wood-framed building sat a few steps above the sidewalk on a rusticated concrete block foundation. Like many small, family-owned groceries of the era, the building supplied the needs of its immediate neighborhood with fresh groceries and produce.]]> <![CDATA[Haunted by history]]> Bob Albaugh straddled the rubble of a demolished house in Hamlin Township, near Eaton Rapids, last Thursday evening. "Everything in this house was built for a particular purpose," he said. The extra large cistern with no water line, the smooth beam in the attic, the trap-door in the kitchen — to Bob and his wife, Pat, who owned the house at 9740 Kinneville Road, it all added up to one thing: The timber-framed hulk was a stop on the Underground Railroad.]]> <![CDATA[Small money first; big money coming]]> <![CDATA[Critic’s choice]]> In “Life Itself,” the documentary about late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, one of his peers brags that the Pulitzer Prize-winner could crank out a well-thoughtout review in half an hour. This piece, dear reader, took significantly longer than that, but if Ebert had lived long enough to review the visionary thriller “Snowpiercer” — and been brazen enough to combine it with an analysis of his own film — I’d be willing to bet it wouldn’t have been one of his quickies. Both films play this month at Studio C! as part of the Indie Film Series.]]> <![CDATA[Giving it a try]]> Goldfish, dolphins and sharks took over Hawk Island Park Sunday swimming, biking and running in the fall Hawk Island Kids Triathlon. Nearly 100 children ranging from toddlers to 14-year-olds competed.]]> <![CDATA[Walk for Recovery]]> THURSDAY, Sept. 4 – Theresa Clemons has struggled with a lifetime of addiction to cocaine, heroin and alcohol. She’s been sober and clean for 15 months, has her own home and has repaired relationships with her daughters. ]]>