Overcoming the "multi-billiondollar-aging-industrial complex"
July 21 2010
trekking down to the Eastside’s Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing. There he is meeting up with Peggy Woods, 85, and about 20 others for the weekly Discovery Group meeting. It is an interest group...
July 21 2010
The Republican gubernatorial primary is a four-way free-for-all among U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Attorney General Mike Cox, businessman Rick Snyder and Oakland County Sherriff Mike Bouchard. All four have...
How BWL’s proposed plant changes the game
July 21 2010
The proposed $182 million plant would burn natural gas to turn a turbine, generating electricity about 100 megawatts for the proposed BWL plant, making up most of the 120 megawatts lost when the oldest...
Grand Trunk depot’s longest wait may be over
July 21 2010
The crenellated Jacobean Revival confection will be restored as part of a $182 million project centering on a new natural gas-powered cogeneration plant. The depot will be used for BWL meetings and events,...
How a power plant became an urban development
July 21 2010
REO Town, the historic district south of Lansing’s hub, is home to several new businesses, loft apartment projects and a new art gallery, but the area’s renaissance has slowed in recent years....
Green support
July 21 2010
The big news out of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero’s camp this week is endorsements by three of the state’s leading environmental groups. He also unveiled “Greening Michigan’s...
Tax exemption for GM expansion dominates Council meeting
July 20 2010
After swiftly placing more than a dozen letters and resolutions on file or moving them to various committees, Monday night’s Lansing City Council meeting welcomed General Motors Inc. representative...
Bernero looks to undecided progressive voters with new endorsements
July 19 2010
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero picked up endorsements today by prominent LGBT-rights groups, which he believes will connect him to undecided Democrats in the Aug. 3 primary
Unions spend on Virg
July 17 2010
Sunday is the close of books for the primary reporting period and Virg Bernero’s union endorsers have been picking up any slack
July 15 2010
Ever notice how many of the commercial storefronts lining Michigan Avenue are additions to the fronts of houses? Known as a “shophouse,” these hybrid buildings are a classic architectural building...
July 14 2010
While thieves were busy stealing his campaign signs in the cover of democracy, Bob Robinson was hard at work reaffirming the beauty of our political system, one-by-one, knocking on doors with only the...
Two years after hiring a new executive director and as the City Council contemplates changing its name, how is the Principal Shopping District doing?
July 14 2010
Rick Preuss, owner of Preuss Pets in Old Town, recently got his annual bill from the Lansing Principal Shopping District for about $1,000 that goes toward beautifying, maintaining and promoting the business...
July 14 2010
"If we’re truly committed to doing the right thing, I think nobody is above approach. And if the Council is supportive of the workers here, we, too, should make the hit," said City Councilman Derrick...
2010 Grand River Expedition pushes currents of change
July 14 2010
Say you want to canoe down the Au Sable River in northern Michigan for a few days and hang with the deer, eagles and smallmouth bass. The local Chamber of Commerce will stuff your rucksack with dozens...
Council clears way for tax incentives for new MSUFCU branch downtown
July 13 2010
Does a big bank need tax incentives to locate in downtown Lansing? Most members of the City Council think it does.Lansing City Council approved Monday night three tax incentives worth $297,000 over 12...
July 8 2010
Property: 610 Helen St. Owner: Adrienne Smorra Taxpayer: Kathrine Matthews Assessed: $18,000 Owner says: Could not be reached Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This small white house at...
July 8 2010
The Lansing City Council held a brief meeting today due to the July 4 holiday. A Committee of the Whole meeting was scheduled immediately after the Council meeting, but Council members Brian Jeffries,...
July 7 2010
A member of North Presbyterian Church, commenting on the church’s recent merger with Westminster Presbyterian Church, stated, “We knew our music was for older people.” Did she, by any...
The good news: Heroin abusers no longer dominate local rehab clinics. The bad news: They are being overtaken by prescription drug abusers. Methadone is the cheap new culprit.
July 7 2010
A true opiate addict claims to "feel normal" the first time he does opiates. David Blankenship, program director for Victory Clinical Services, which operates an addiction recovery center on South Cedar...
July 7 2010
"Bernero has a clear path to victory," reads a confidential memo authored by Michael Kulisheck, vice president of Harstad Strategic Research, the polling company that conducted the survey. "Bernero will...