South Lansing battles against a planned self-storage unit

By Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up Lansing

LANSING — I oppose, I oppose, I oppose. These were the words that were firmly stated by many passionate south Lansing citizens at the Lansing City Council meeting on April 13.

But, why?

The vacant building at 930 W. Holmes Road is undergoing a rezoning debate within the community of south Lansing. Project developer Randy Yono is requesting to rezone this area in hopes of building an indoor self-storage unit.

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A vote is pending after the committee determines how much more information they need. Continue reading

Lansing Marathon’s demise driven by debt, eroding support

By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING — On Feb. 13, race director Dr. Owen Anderson announced the cancellation of what would have been the fourth annual Lansing Marathon and sponsored events.

While Anderson called off the event without force from the public or city government, there is serious doubt the race would have continued due to the dropped support from the outside community and immense debt owed by the Lansing Marathon.

In past years, the Lansing Marathon's starting line overlooked the Capitol in Downtown Lansing.

In past years, the Lansing Marathon’s starting line overlooked the Capitol in Downtown Lansing.

When various media outlets and even Anderson himself claimed different challenges that were responsible for the termination, many details were left unmentioned, especially the financial baggage.

“After seeing everything that has happened, I’ve decided to just tell you the whole truth,” Anderson said.

To date, the Lansing Marathon is nearly $70,000 in debt, according to Anderson. Continue reading

Lansing City Council goes through changes in leadership

By Micah Davis
Listen Up, Lansing

After gaining the votes of her fellow council members, Judi Brown Clarke was reelected as vice president of the Lansing City Council on March 30.

According to Brown Clarke’s biography on Lansing’s website, Brown Clarke has a bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech science, and a master’s in education along with a doctorate in public policy and administration. Continue reading

Lansing Infrastructure: Can Proposal 1 Save It?

By Emma-Jean Bedford
and Ian Wendrow 

Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-The question on everyone’s mind lately has been: “What’s happening with these roads?” But it’s not just roads that are troublesome. Lansing has recently been dealing with issues related to low residential population, a distinct lack of diverse businesses, and overall deteriorating infrastructure.

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An effort to address infrastructure funding is currently on the upcoming May 5 ballot, titled Proposal 1.
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Lansing City Market: Not a true farmer’s market, but something else

By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING- Five years ago, the construction of a new building along downtown’s river trail was completed, serving as a new home for the Lansing City Market, an establishment serving Lansing since 1909.

What was planned to be a great gain for locals has not pleased all. Many who remember the old market are not satisfied with the new market’s lack of farmer’s market characteristics. However, city officials and the Lansing City Market itself said the facility has evolved from the traditional model.

Lansing City Market hopes to bring new flavor and taste to local residents.

Lansing City Market hopes to bring new flavor and taste to local residents.

“My problems with the ‘city market’, is that ‘the city’ has taken away the image of the ‘farmers market’ where local growers would be welcome to bring their home grown and homemade goods for sale,” said Alice Florida, long-time Lansing resident. Continue reading

Will new East Lansing marijuana proposal help Lansing dispensaries?

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

A Pure Options customer shows off some different types of marijuana for patients.

A Pure Options customer shows off some different types of marijuana for patients.

With the possible decriminalization of marijuana looming in East Lansing, Lansing dispensaries and resource centers don’t seem to be too troubled by the possibility of more competition popping up in East Lansing.

On May 5, East Lansing voters will decide whether to decriminalize marijuana in the community, following a similar move by Lansing in fall of 2013. Continue reading

Human Trafficking: Not Just a Foreign Issue

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By Ray Wilbur
Listen Up, Lansing

Imagine being treated as a slave and being manipulated into thinking there is no way out. Imagine not knowing who to turn to, or where to go for help.

Human trafficking reaches small corners of the earth, and is a problem that agencies and people are fighting to eliminate in Lansing and Michigan as a whole on a daily basis.

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Lansing nightlife has more to offer than you may think

By Abigail Heath
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING - Downtown Lansing is home to several bars and music venues that ensure an enjoyable night, but they are not getting the recognition and popularity they are hoping for.

According to Lansing City Mayor Virgil Bernero, one of Lansing’s biggest struggles is getting a younger demographic to head to the city for entertainment.

“They want a real city feel,” said Bernero. “And that starts with livening up downtown.”

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What is the deal with that @#*&ing downtown steam pipe?

Three rusty barrels form the steam volcano.

Three rusty barrels form the steam volcano.

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

For a few years now, as Martha Mello has walked down East Michigan Avenue five days a week to and from work, she hasn’t helped but notice the large steam volcano, as the Lansing Board of Water and Light calls it, coming out of the ground on the south side of the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, just past Troppo, a local restaurant.

“I see it every day, so you kind of get accustomed to it,” said Mello, “but I certainly think we could do a better job with it.”

With its stacked rusty reddish-orange barrels surrounded by a small set of thin bars and a “Caution Hot” sign, it’s no wonder that both employees and visitors of Downtown can’t miss the towering steam volcano, not to mention the copious amounts of steam it releases. Continue reading

Uber ride-sharing service may be under threat in Michigan

By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing 

Lansing- Uber regulation and standards are being assessed by Michigan legislature.

Lansing- Uber, an easily accessible ride sharing company’s regulation and standards are being assessed by Michigan legislature.

LANSINGUber, a worldwide ride-sharing company priding itself in efficient service and safety through a downloadable app, may be in trouble in the state of Michigan.

On March 25, Uber drivers and protestors gathered at the Capitol while state legislature held a public testimony to determine the fate of Uber in the state and discuss restrictions they hope to impose on the company, except the vote is now being pushed off till a later time.

The two bills, according to Mike White, Michigan’s Uber general manager, are Senate Bill 0184 and Senate Bill 0188.

Michigan Legislature’s website includes full documentation detailing the two bills.

The basis of Senate Bill 0184 would put transportation companies like Uber and Lyft, a ride sharing company out of Ann Arbor, at the same insurance standards as limousines while allowing cities to regulate the companies at their own discretion.

The second bill, Senate Bill 0188, would require drivers to hold a chauffeur’s license and put limits on what insurance the companies’ vehicles carry. Continue reading