Pricey Parking Problems in Downtown Lansing

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

As Michigan State University junior Emily Malachowski pulls in and out of parking lots and garages in Downtown Lansing searching for a cheap spot, she can’t help but think to herself how much easier it would have been to just stay home that day.

Downtown Lansing is not only home to the Michigan State Capitol, but also many shops, restaurants, and attractions that keep visitors returning to the city. Although this is so, one very prominent problem is how expensive parking is in the area.

It’s no secret that Downtown has scarce free parking and some pretty outrageous parking prices that are not only hurting Lansing residents, but also Lansing businesses and tourism sites, according to some Lansing business owners.
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Small steps in Lansing’s revitalization to happen by 2016

By Abigail Heath
Listen Up, Lansing

Multiple areas around Lansing can be seen covered in litter.

Multiple areas around Lansing can be seen covered in litter.

LANSING- In order to market Lansing as a destination city and re-establish a sense of community, public and private projects are being lined up for completion in the downtown and surrounding areas.

These projects range from the upkeep of the roads and parks, to privately-owned businesses and apartments. With new attractions moving into the city, Lansing expects to attract various demographics.

“There are lots of projects in the works,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

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Lansing has a lot to say about Proposal 1 before May’s vote

By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing

Proposal 1 has generated plenty of controversy throughout the state of Michigan before elections in May 2015 and Lansing has its foot in the conversation as well.

The question reads, “A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government,” according to the official ballot question release.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said, “I’m not terribly enthused about it because I’m not a fan of the sales tax.”

Said Bernero: “It’s not that I disagree with where the money would go. The money would go to roads, school, and local government. Those are all good. I disagree with the vehicle. Its one of the worst taxes.”
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Spencer’s gift store now open in Lansing Mall

By Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up, Lansing

Body jewelry, hair accessories, socks, and sex toys. These are some of the outlandish items available at Spencer’s, a unique gift shop, which opened a few weeks ago in the Lansing Mall after a multi-year absence.

This gift shop is mostly known for its wacky and fun items.

“We sell all different kinds of stuff. Shirts, lingerie, black lights … you name it! Kind of like a party store,” Stacey, an employee who preferred to withhold her last name, said.

With over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada, its opening brings excitement to the student body at Michigan State University in nearby East Lansing. The first Spencer’s in the Lansing Mall opened in 1969, but closed after 30 years of business.

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Lansing Jews divided on Netanyahu’s U.S. visit

By Ian Wendrow
Listen Up, Lansing

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LANSING- Earlier this month, the world was abuzz as Benjamin Netanyahu secured his fourth term as prime minister of Israel after delivering a dramatic speech in front of the U.S. Congress.

The speech was controversial well before it began. Political experts critiqued the timing of the speech, the impact it could have on nuclear negotiations with Iran, and fraying relations between Israel and the United States. But another controversy was brewing among those who Netanyahu claimed to represent, political leanings irrelevant.

He referred to his visit to Congress as a “historic mission” in which he acted as an “emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me, of the entire Jewish people,” the Washington Post reported.

“I take offense at that statement. He doesn’t speak for me or many of the people in our congregation,” said David Weiner, president of the board of directors at the Kehillat Israel synagogue in Lansing.

As a member of Kehillat Israel’s congregation for over 40 years, Weiner’s views reflect not only his own but that of the synagogue and others among the reconstructionist branch of Judaism, an American-based Jewish movement that emphasizes modernity and adapting Jewish principles to secular lifestyles.

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Michigan House Committee Looks to End State Film Incentives

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By Ray Wilbur
Listen Up, Lansing

The Michigan Film Office, which helped bring films like “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” to East Lansing, is fighting to keep their incentive program after the Michigan House of Representatives Tax Policy Committee voted to end the program earlier this March.

The incentive program was extended until 2021 last year, but state Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway, wants the program ended by the beginning of the next fiscal year.

“The incentive program just isn’t fiscally responsible right now for taxpayers and the state,” Lauwers said.
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Lansing’s newest microbrewery has the attention of Lansing residents

Downtown Lansing where many of local bars and attraction are found supporting their community

By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing

A new microbrewery is to be launched in the summer of 2015 in Lansing called Ellison Brewery + Spirits. This new big trend of microbrewery has gotten various opinions from the Lansing public.

Ellison Brewery + Spirits was an idea shared by co-owners Eric Elliot and Aaron Hanson to produce handmade beer straight to the community, according to a press release. This new business has been highly anticipated from many locals, according to the Ellison Brewery + Spirits Facebook page.

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Homelessness, year round and just around the corner

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A homeless man stands on a street corner near downtown Lansing.

 

By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING – As temperatures plummet in months surrounding the holidays, greater concern and attention for the homeless population is given. While aid and support during the winter months is very appreciated by local Lansing shelters and homeless individuals personally, homelessness is not seasonal.

“I’ve been working here [Jersey Giant, a sandwich shop] since early fall, and it’s pretty consistent all throughout the year. I’ve seen at least six to seven homeless people a day in this area since I’ve started, regardless of the weather,” said Mason Hannah of Lansing, in reference to the traffic stops near U.S. Highway 127 on East Saginaw Street and East Grand River Avenue.

The corner of East Grand River Avenue and North Homer Street is a common place for the local homeless to stand.

The corner of East Grand River Avenue and North Homer Street is a common place for the local homeless to stand.

According to data provided by the Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness’ website, there are more than 86,000 homeless people in Michigan, with over one-third of the homeless being the working poor.
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Local gala hopes for sellout

By Laurel Young
Reo Town Reporter

This could be your last chance to buy a prom dress or tuxedo and dance until the wee hours of the morning. This is your chance to watch a pageant and a burlesque show in the same night.

On March 21 from 8p.m.-2a.m. Foliage Design Systems in REO Town will host the second annual REO Town Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza!
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