Mackerel Sky helps customers find art as unique as its name

East Lansing has a unique art gallery store that’s been around for 30 years. The Mackerel Sky is more than a catchy name, though; it’s also a long story. A mackerel sky is a cloud formation that sailors talk about. It’s well-known on the coasts, and it looks like the scales on a mackerel fish. To sailors, it means a great change in atmosphere pressure is coming, which means a big shift is coming.

“For the Love of Cities” author selected to lead placemaking workshop

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins describes the reason for the recent peacemaking efforts in downtown East Lansing. EAST LANSING – The East Lansing Community and Economic Development office enlisted a lover of cities to lead their upcoming placemaking workshop April 22. Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins contacted Peter Kageyama last fall. Kageyama said that she had heard him speak and wanted to find a way to bring him to East Lansing. Kageyama is the author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places” and “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places,” and hosted a TEDx talk on how to build a relationship with one’s city in 2011.

People from all over Michigan enjoy MSU's Destination Auction

By Max Benoit
Entirely East Lansing

Hundreds of people gathered at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center to find bargains on great travel packages and other items at Saturday’s Destination Auction. The Destination Auction took place this past weekend and featured both a live auction and silent auction. It is the premier fundraising event for the School of Hospitality Business at MSU. The 25th annual event was run entirely by MSU students and raised money for the School of Hospitality Business as well as the alumni association and two local charities. “We donate to the Junior League of Lansing and the MSUFCU Institute for arts and creativity at the Wharton Center,” said Sammi Miller, a senior in the School of Hospitality Business as well as the chief executive officer for the event.

Voters reject parking lot proposal

By Chris Hauler
Entirely East Lansing

For years, citizens have urged the city to clean up the blighted section on the west side of downtown. Voters had the chance to approve a proposal which would allow the city to negotiate to sell three acres of vacant or unused property. The proposal needed 60 percent approval to pass, and while the results were close, it ultimately failed to reach the needed outcome by 57% to 43%. Approval would not have led to the direct sale of the property, it would have been an important step in redeveloping that corner. DTN Management Co.

Voting for the sale of downtown parking lots

By Irum Ibrahim
Entirely East Lansing

With elections soon approaching, East Lansing residents have much to consider in terms of what is better for their city, community and personal well-being. On Nov. 4, residents will vote on whether the city should sell parking lots 4, 8 and 15 to private city developers and urban planners. The decision could mean an improvement or decline in the infrastructure of the city. The parking lots will replaced with businesses and residential space.