How ‘the dominoes fell up’ to revive a great building and a determined city
March 30 2011
In early autumn of 2006, two anonymous visitors asked for a tour of Lansing’s derelict Ottawa Power Station. It was an unusual request.The city usually had to coax people into venturing inside the...
Masons restore a colossal flame to its original glory
March 30 2011
The most compelling reason to spend millions of dollars to gut, refit and save the Ottawa Power Station is its unique shell, tapered and colored like a giant flame burning from black at the bottom to red...
Lightning strikes twice at the doors of the Ottawa Power Station
March 30 2011
Lorenzo Ghiberti’s 15th-century bronze doors at the Baptistery of Florence have God, Noah, Adam and Eve going for them, but even the fabled “Gates of Paradise” don’t have transom...
Dancing delicately with the Ottawa Power Station’s steel bones
March 30 2011
Imagine replacing a dinosaur’s skeleton, working through a small hole in the top of its head, while the dinosaur is still alive.That’s pretty much what steelworkers had to do when they set...
How designers made Planet Machine habitable by humans
March 30 2011
Enter the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America’s new headquarters in downtown Lansing and you walk into a naked tug of war between a 20th-century power plant and a modern office building
Economic echoes of an urban renewal thunderclap
March 30 2011
Tell someone Lansing’s historic Ottawa Power Station is 172.2 feet tall and you might get a “hm.”Take a friend downtown to see the big orange flame jet into the blue or tremble in the...
March 30 2011
I wonder: If you ask the universe for Grace, Beauty, Laughter and Joy, does it come true?It does if you know Karen Hartwig. Karen Jeanne Hartwig was born March 4, 1963, and left this earth way too suddenly...
Like father, like daughter? Young Bernero testing political waters
March 30 2011
The name "Bernero" may be showing up again on another ballot near you. This time the first name accompanying the well-known surname won’t be "Virg." It would be Kelly
Questions arise over the operation of four medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing
March 30 2011
One medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing appears to be operating without the city’s approval, and three more may be in trouble if the City Council adopts a revised moratorium ordinance.S S Collectives,...
3340 Lake Lansing Road, Suite 1, Meridian Township Hours: M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (517) 333-4842
March 30 2011
Newcomers may opt for a voluntary lifetime membership for $20, which offers discounts, a monthly newsletter and free cooking classes, along with the center’s full line of medicine and medibles
March 24 2011
Dale Schrader “got a kick” out of reading City Pulse’s “Eyesore of the Week” in the May 27, 2009, issue. That’s because two properties he bought 125 and 127 W. Grand...
What is the fate of Lansing Community College’s swimming pool?
March 24 2011
LCC administrators figure it will cost between $4.3 million and $4.6 million to renovate the facility and bring it up to code, including satisfying the Americans with Disabilities Act and air quality standards....
March 24 2011
Koopsen’s mind was made up. "Most of us are students. It’s hard to get by with money and everything, but at the end of the day people who have nothing have the right to speak," said the 19-year-old...
1242 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing Hours: M-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (989) 292-5143
March 24 2011
Upon entering the shop, I was enthusiastically greeted by a jolly man with a genuine love for what he does. He checked my papers and informed me that there was no membership fee. They had eight different...
The city of Lansing loses $1 million a year in its emergency medical service operations. But the question isn’t so much how the city will fix it, but if.
March 23 2011
The city of Lansing loses $1 million a year in its emergency medical service operations. But the question isn’t so much how the city will fix it, but if
March 16 2011
DHS ’needs reform’ & Automatics and open carry
A survey of First Ward residents as four City Council candidates’ names are floated in this year’s race
March 16 2011
Medical marijuana dispensaries and the “Mary Jane Mile.” Redeveloping REO Town. What to do with Groesbeck Golf Course?These are just a few of the issues brewing in Lansing’s First Ward,...
Can a street musician play on the pedestrian walkway downtown? Some local authorities say no
March 16 2011
As snowy rain came down in 35-degree weather Thursday, a local street performer played folk music in a short-sleeved shirt to downtown passersby — in the covered pedestrian walkway connecting the...
In the suburbs, as research and a new map by MSU faculty suggests
March 16 2011
For those who wonder if Lansing really is a “food desert,” two Michigan State University professors have something to show you
March 16 2011
I understand Michigan has this crater-sized budget hole and everyone is getting nixed. I get it, I get it. That’s just the way it is.What I don’t understand is why conservative legislators...

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