Property: 900 block West Saginaw St., Lansing

While this block enjoys significant urban cohesiveness, its troubles are not limited to the buildings. The dedicated bicycle lane helps, but rapid, one-way automobile traffic along this stretch of Saginaw makes the street uncomfortable for non-automotive travel. Landscaping details, such as street trees or planters, would soften the edges and add a greater sense of pedestrian safety.

The block is anchored by the historic Randall building, which has some minor maintenance issues. The detached meeting rail and shattered stone sill in the window shown above may be beyond recovery. But, the opening could be treated in a manner demonstrated on the building’s western bays. The storefront would benefit from similar treatment with painted boards, trimmed to better fit the openings.

“Eyesore of the Week” is our look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each week with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eye@lansingcitypulse.com or call Berl Schwartz at 999-5061.

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