Pay to play: The cost of living in Old Town

By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

Living in a vibrant neighborhood means having cultural and fun events right in your back yard, but it also means paying more for living in a prime location. Old Town Lansing is one of those locations where the residents understand the reality of paying for the environment they live in. “I love this area,” Old Town resident Sarah Christiansen said. “I fell in love with it before I lived here, or bought a shop here.”

Christiansen is also a business owner and part of the board of the Old Town Commercial Association — she rents the second floor of her store for residential purposes. But living in Old Town includes amenities that are hard to find somewhere else.

Old Town figures out ways to survive

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

Old Town, located in the northern region of Lansing, is only a 5-minute drive from the capital building in downtown Lansing. Many workers from the Lansing area are taking advantage of that and enjoying Old Town’s lunchtime and nightlife environment. During the day, Old Town struggles to keep the same amount of attraction as weekends. Around lunch time during the week in Old Town, there is an increase in the flow of people, but few restaurants and businesses are open to anyone passing through the small community. Lambs’ Gate Antiques worker Gail Mackenzie said, “Lunchtime is heavy traffic, then it slows down in the afternoon and then later on it picks back up.

Property value continues to rise in township

By Stephanie Hernandez McGavin
The Meridian Times

The property value of homes in Meridian Charter Township averaged a 5.6 percent increase this year, continuing an upward trend for the last few years. Township assessor David Lee said the township struggled after the housing bubble but was somewhat insulated, so it did not suffer as much as other areas. Now the township is seeing its numbers bounce back. Lee said, “With last year’s assessments, we started to see an uptake in values. It was moderate, 1 to 3 percent in most places.

Partnerships were reoccurring theme in Lansing Mayor’s State of City address

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said he wants to boost the local economy through creating business partnerships outside of the area. Bernero addressed a full house of more than 100 city officials, local citizens and reporters on Jan. 30 at the Lansing General Motors Grand River Plant where he delivered his annual State of the City speech. “The power of partnership will be a recurring theme in my remarks tonight,” said Bernero, who was making his ninth State of the City address. “…

Construction in Downtown East Lansing Could Affect Business

It is only the beginning of spring , yet construction is already rampant in East Lansing. As of March 4, M-43 (Grand River Avenue) from Coolidge Road to Abbott Road, and Michigan Avenue from Harrison Road to the split with M-43 has been covered with orange. Grand River Cafe owner John Miller and Crunchy’s manager Mike Kruger give their takes on what this construction could do to business. Beginning on May 6 a series of additional construction work will make its way down Grand River Avenue eventually reaching Park Lake Road.  All work should be finished by the beginning of October 2013

Focal Point Fall 2012 [show 6]

President Obama works to avoid a fiscal cliff come January and the holiday season is near and stores step up their efforts to get customers through the door. Reporters: Lauren Gentile, Chloe Hill, Josh Sidorowicz and Edith Zhou

Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Herman Cain Visits MSU

Former Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain made a stop at MSU recently as part of his nationwide ‘College Truth Tour.’ He became a household name during the primaries this past spring. And although Cain is no longer in the race to the White House, that doesn’t mean he still isn’t working to keep his name in the political fray. As part of his nationwide ‘College Truth Tour,’ Cain spoke to a packed audience at the MSU Kellog Center about the current state of the economy and the role college students will play in the recovery. Cain also spoke about his failed presidential run and why he eventually dropped out of the race.

Innovators with tech ideas can get new state money

BY JENNIFER CHEN
Capital News Service
LANSING – A new fund has been launched to attract technology innovation projects for making state government better serve its citizens. Gov. Rick Snyder has created a board to manage nearly $2.5 million form the general fund in loans to advance technology within government departments. “We’re now taking Michigan to the next level by providing start-up funding to encourage greater innovation and efficiency,” Snyder said. “These improvements will lead to new best practices that will drive Michigan’s success in the global economy.”
It would be the first such program in the country and allows government to integrate at both state and local levels. The funds will be loans for selected projects, according to Kurt Weiss, public information officer for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

New state rules cut part of local revenue sharing

By JACOB KANCLERZ
Capital News Service
LANSING – Under Michigan’s new revenue sharing system for municipalities, most local governments will lose a third of their share and some townships won’t get anything at all. That tough new reality has rankled some in local government. “We believe that if there’s going to be revenue sharing, it should be shared amongst all government units,” said Bill Anderson, the legislative liaison for the Michigan Townships Association. Municipalities are eligible for two types of revenue sharing. All municipalities receive money based on population, which is guaranteed by the state constitution.