Major Brown Clarke backer owes $72,000 in delinquent taxes
March 8 2017
The host of mayoral candidate Judi Brown Clarke’s kickoff fundraiser owes over $72,000 in delinquent property taxes, interest and fees either personally or through limited liability companies of...
A church’s dream faces foreclosure by Ingham County
Dec. 21 2016
In September 2014, members of the Tabernacle of David church on the city’s southwest side were excited. They’d bought a former charter school right across the street at 2130 W. Holmes Road....
Improving city neighborhoods means funding and engagement
April 13 2016
Mayor Virg Bernero announced in his State of the City address last month he wants a block by block assessment of every neighborhood in Lansing. His goal? Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each neighborhood...
Properties face foreclosure unless taxes are paid
Dec. 30 2015
It’s a diverse set of properties. One building houses a gym; another a laboratory. There is a manufacturer of plastic products. More than a few are dwellings. All of them share one thing, however:...
WHEN A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME
Nov. 12 2014
There are only a few residents left on Helen Street near downtown Lansing. Out of 13 houses, seven are boarded up or red-tagged as unfit to live in. One is vacant but well-manicured. Neighbors say the...
City of Lansing bills residents over $90,000 for unshoveled sidewalks
April 29 2015
Phil Siebert was in the hospital at the end of February, fighting another bout of infection from his chronic upper respiratory issues. On Feb. 23, at 1:23 p.m,. a city of Lansing official walked up to...
City grants tax breaks to developers who fail to register their rentals for inspections
March 18 2015
This story has been updated to correct an error. On Feb. 20, Lansing firefighters were called to the new Market Place Apartments, next to the City Market, to respond to a small kitchen fire. The building´s...
Koenig transferred tax debts two weeks before primary election
Feb. 4 2015
Carol Koenig, one of three finalists to be Ingham County register of deeds, was ramping up for the final two weeks of her primary campaign to retain her seat as a county commissioner last July when she...
Oct. 29 2014
Lansing voters will determine the fate of the Miller Road Community Center and Grand Woods Park in Delta Township Nov. 4 in two ballot proposals to sell the city properties. The local Peppermint Creek...
Blight a concern as vacant lots explode
April 8 2015
The houses sit side by side on Bluff Street, a block north of Oakland Avenue near downtown. Their lots are overgrown with trees and weeds and trash. The windows are boarded up. Inside the houses are in...
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....
The battle between the Zeineh family and eastside residents
Sept. 4 2013
It’s been a tug-of-war summer on the 2000 block of East Michigan Avenue. The city, neighbors and business owners nearby find themselves pitted against a longtime East Side property owner and his...
May 16 2012
Time and the elements have slowly but surely chipped away this 125-year-old home on North Walnut. The flaking paint job is like wrinkles on an aging person — it could use a face-lift, or at the very...
What will Virg sell next? Inventorying city-owned properties and dedicated parkland for potential budget help
Oct. 17 2012
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants to know: "How often do you use a City park?" "Daily?" "Weekly?" "Monthly?" "Almost never?" In preparation for his next "City Hall on the Road" event Thursday night, the...
June 13 2012
Gateways are points of entry and departure from the community. Much like the New Cross Road in Georgian London, Lansing’s South Capitol Avenue is a gateway to the mid-Michigan region via Interstate...
The number of properties owing on delinquent property taxes declines; still nowhere near pre-2008 numbers
Dec. 19 2012
The Ingham County treasurer says 2012 looks like the "definitive peak" of the housing crisis in Ingham County, with the number of property tax delinquents declining by more than 10 percent from last year...
Aug. 29 2012
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Great outdoor places, particularly outdoor rooms, are as invaluable to a community as great buildings. An outdoor room is an open-air place defined by edges,...
July 18 2012
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Good economy, bad economy: vacant buildings happen. Blight isn’t vacancy, but it begins with poorly kept properties that are all too often the result...
May 2 2012
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This diminutive commercial building on the north fringe of Old Town is easy to dismiss as insignificant. But small commercial buildings, like this one,...
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...

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