Sept. 4 2013
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: An intersection is a microcosm of the community. But in the last 70 years, the intersection has become one of those places that people least want to be....
Those behind the scenes of the deal announced Tuesday between Niowave and the Walnut Neighborhood weigh in on the media's role over past 14 months
Sept. 4 2013
Bob Trezise first realized he had a problem in the Walnut Neighborhood 428 days ago. As president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, he helped announce on July 3, 2012 — alongside...
Sept. 4 2013
I received some useful comments on the last column from folks who want to support local businesses, especially those that match their values, which is sometimes still a challenge. But a little progress...
Lansing Housing Commission hosting public open houses at Oliver Towers as part of effort to sell it — bring your flashlight
Aug. 29 2013
Thursday, Aug. 29 — The Lansing Housing Commission is actively trying to sell its abandoned, eight-story Oliver Towers building downtown and will host two public open houses next week in an attempt...
Ingham County Board of Commissioners selects Brian Crenshaw to fill seat of outgoing commissioner Debbie De Leon
Aug. 28 2013
Wednesday, Aug. 28 — The Ingham County Board of Commissioners chose Democrat Bryan Crenshaw Tuesday to fill the soon-to-be vacant seat of commissioner Debbie De Leon, who is resigning to take a job...
Aug. 28 2013
Lansing has beautiful parks. No two are alike in the envious range of civic greens, from the pastoral Hawk Island to the articulated town-square style of Reutter Park.Undulating pathways, tree canopies,...
Following up on complaint, state Attorney General’s Office seeking more information about City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar’s nonprofit. Dunbar says 'We’re not worried about it.'
Aug. 28 2013
The Internal Revenue Service revoked the tax-exempt status of the nonprofit South Lansing Community Development Association in May 2012 for failing to file annual financial reports. But the association...
Aug. 28 2013
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves...
Lansing doctor Shannon Wiggins and husband indicted on several federal charges, including conspiracy to commit health care fraud and improperly distributing controlled substances
Aug. 28 2013
Mohamad Abduljaber allegedly had a nice little system going for a few years. Abduljaber, a city-identified “problematic slumlord” who owns nearly 40 properties in Lansing, would send his tenants...
Lansing City Clerk confirms organizers collected enough valid signatures for a November ballot question, but says the language ‘pretty clearly does not legalize anything’
Aug. 26 2013
Monday, Aug. 26 — Lansing voters will decide in November whether to add language to the City Charter related to the “use, possession or transfer” of up to an ounce of marijuana for those...
After taking two weeks to address residents’ concerns, the Council moves forward with South Lansing Pathway project
Aug. 26 2013
Monday, Aug. 26 — After tabling a resolution to accept federal grant money for a proposed 3.5-mile paved path across south Lansing by Jolly Road, the Lansing City Council unanimously agreed tonight...
$2M redevelopment project announced at concrete plant site just north of Old Town
Aug. 23 2013
Friday, Aug. 23 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was on Lansing’s north side for the second time in three days to announce another multi-million-dollar redevelopment project
Aug. 22 2013
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It’s no secret: This property is just one of the many empty retail spaces in the area. Why all the emptiness? Simple. There is more retail space than...
Local developers pad Mayor Bernero’s 527 account
Aug. 22 2013
Thursday, Aug. 22 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero received nearly $14,000 between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year for his city administrative, or “527,” account. Almost half of that came from...
As a symbolic nod to marriage equality, East Lansing City Council considers a domestic partner registry
Aug. 21 2013
East Lansing could soon become the second city in the state to create a domestic partner registry, a largely symbolic way of recognizing those who legally cannot, such as same-sex partners, or choose not...
Longtime State Journal columnist John Schneider reacts to the departure of his successor, Mark Mayes, and the end of greater Lansing’s daily column
Aug. 21 2013
When former Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider left the paper after 24 years in April 2012, his editor and publisher were “totally committed,” he said he was told, to carrying on...
Haven House celebrates 30 years of helping Lansing’s homeless
Aug. 21 2013
It’s a warm summer afternoon and all is quiet at Haven House. The rush to get in the doors has subsided at the East Lansing homeless shelter for one- and two-parent families. All vacancies have been...
Aug. 21 2013
The recent announcement that our community will have a new Whole Foods store has many excited. But I’m wondering whether this development — offering 100 new jobs that typically pay above...
Aug. 21 2013
And now a roundup of political notes from around town … and beyond: Fundraisers for local elections are generally pretty dull affairs. But Lansing City Council At-Large candidate Judi Brown Clarke...
North Washington Avenue building to be renovated into mixed use as Old Town creeps outward
Aug. 21 2013
Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Slowly but surely, Old Town is engulfing its environs like a giant amoeba with seven hair salons. By this time next year, another chunk of neighboring blight will get the now-familiar...