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Harry Hepler is back. The developer known for creating dramatic living and working spaces will come before the Lansing City Council on Monday (Jan. 8) with his next project: a 134-unit apartment complex called Prudden Wheel Lofts. more
Last month I shared that child care tied for second place among issues of concern to 67 eastside Lansing neighbors. Sharing second place on the list of Unmet Community Needs was “Youth Center or Clubhouse.”  The community design event where these issues surfaced was hosted by Allen Neighborhood Center (in part to determine potential uses of available space in their Allen Place complex on East Kalamazoo Street.  Clearly the needs of younger neighbors were front of mind for participants. more
It’d be easy to spike the football. I could say my July 21, 2021, column about the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s being a train wreck was correct and spend the next 600 words gloating. more
Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield wasn’t charged last week for bilking a half-million dollars from people who wanted to see the House Republicans keep a majority in the 2020 election. more
Soon after 9/11, I attempted to engage my writing students in a discussion, but one student was not having it. She thought the World Trade Center attacks irrelevant. more
Could you imagine if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s population growth council had Fairy Godmother-like powers? more
For some readers out there, this may seem like the “No-Duh” headline of the year. more
In 2023, we realized that climate change is NOT a hoax. The seven warmest years on record occurred within the last decade, and 2023 is set to be the warmest ever. Among the usual symptoms of climate … more
Not housing, parking, or jobs. Rather, it was child care near the top of the list of unmet eastside Lansing needs. more
On behalf of BWL’s over 800 employees, members of the IBEW Local 352 and 800 retirees, we want to respond to some of the inaccuracies published in last week’s City Pulse in an opinion piece by City Council member Brian T. Jackson on the BWL’s clean energy plan and policies. more
Ingham County commissioners may hire a third party to create a criminal justice monitoring system, tasked with breaking down the decisions coming out of the county’s courts and Prosecutor’s Office by demographic groups. more
Michigan House Democrats will return to Lansing in January without a majority until probably late April, when special elections in Dem-heavy Westland and Warren are conducted. more
In their dash to repeal as many Rick Snyder-era policies as possible, the 2023 Democratic-controlled Michigan Legislature has earned the most liberal voting record in at least the last 20 years, and … more
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is the “Best State/National Politician” and “Best Local Politician,” according to the readers of this fine publication, as voted for in the Top of the Town contest. She’s also the second “Worst Local Politician.” more
Does Peter Meijer always buy his groceries at Meijer, the supermarket his grandfather Hendrik founded back in 1934? more
Corridors serve as the front door to neighborhoods. They feature businesses, hospitals, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, fitness studios, churches, doctors’ offices, repair shops, and … more
Members of the Michigan Republican Party’s 100-some-member state committee are “well on their way” to collecting the signatures needed to bounce Chair Kristina Karamo, an unprecedented move in state partisan politics. more
My student was writing a paper in favor of living together before marriage, which incidentally, he was doing with his girlfriend — whom he planned to marry, he said. Their parents did not approve. My writing assignment was helping him think through this real problem. But, he told me, his research showed that only a low percentage of co-habiting couples actually married. more
The catastrophic storm that devastated Greater Lansing this summer tragically took the lives of several people in our community, knocked out power for tens of thousands of families and caused millions of dollars in property damage. It’s just the latest example of increasingly extreme weather here in Michigan and across the country. more
A little over a year ago, Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley turned in his 90-day notice. He was tired of dealing with a group of micro-managing trustees, several of whom had told him to hit the road only months before. more
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