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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Eyesore of the week

Property: 1307 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Author and celebrity chef Alton Brown often discusses the pointlessness of collecting kitchen utensils that are limited to one function. While he admits that a fire extinguisher is a notable exception, Brown’s point is that tools suited to a single use are difficult to justify, part...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 119 S. Magnolia Ave. Magnolia Street Substation Lansing Located within the yellow brick walls of this simple building, the industrial equipment used by the Lansing Board of Water & Light transforms electrical voltage from high to low, making it available for local distribu...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 114 Clare St. Lansing Charter Township Granted, this building is not located in the most visible or well-travelled precinct. However, the light industrial atmosphere of the area does not excuse the building’s deteriorated condition. The lot is overgrown with weeds and, a...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Eye candy of the week

Property: Chittenden Hall East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Chittenden Hall East Lansing Located on MSU’s Laboratory Row, this building was constructed in 1901 for the State Agricultural College dairy plant. At that time, the pair of doors located well above grade (visible at the left side of the picture above) was equipped with...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 925 W. Lapeer St. Lansing Owner: Ingham Co. Land Bank Unlike many eyesores, this building and site are well kept. However, the building itself has succumbed to a series of unfortunate alterations and updates. When undertaken, these modifications were presumably intended to ad...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Eye candy of the week

Bike Lanes Greater Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The end of the school year and the approach of summer invariably bring an increase in bicycle traffic, including commuters seeking a healthier substitute to driving and residents looking for alternate modes of transportation. Marked bike lanes help to ensure a safer environment for cyclis...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1701 Turner St., Lansing Owner: James V. Ward Jr. Efforts to contact the owner were unsuccessful Looking beyond the weedy pavement and the board-covered windows, this building is located on a promising corner site, with an active, neighboring business that enjoys a great repu...
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This building, like the neighborhood surrounding it, takes its name from horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey. Born in South Haven, Bailey graduated from the Michigan Agricultural College in 1882 and later contributed to the founding of agricultural extension services and the 4-H movement.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Looking beyond the obvious problems caused by the vegetation that has enveloped this simple house, it seems to be sited particularly close to the busy public way. The east-facing front porch would make for pleasant evening gatherings, sheltering its users from the setting summer sun. Outside but still covered, people can interact and strengthen neighborhood connections.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 107 W. Riverside St. Williamston Owners: Paula and Ken Zichi Oops: City Pulse mislabeled this eyecandy as an eyesore last week, for which we deserve a black eye. When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a specta...
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