Tag Archives: Greater Lansing

An art deco masterpiece reawakens


There are many fine examples of art deco or art moderne design. But to this planner, one the most impressive art deco structures anywhere is the former Knapp’s Department Store, which adorns south Washington Square in downtown Lansing, Michigan. Completed in … Continue reading

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Greater Lansing’s 2014 Chinese New Year celebration


Below are a series of images from today’s Greater Lansing 2014 Chinese New Year celebration held inside a local mall. A large crowd attended the festive event which included music, a dragon parade, dancing, a fashion show, martial arts, booths … Continue reading

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Ice ice baby


We had a nasty ice storm overnight here in Greater Lansing, Michigan. Approximately one-half inch of ice covers just about everything this morning. Many trees, branches, and power lines are down and thousands are without power in the metropolitan area. … Continue reading

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Powerful, peaceful, poignant, pedal parade


Yesterday evening, I had the great honor to take part in my first Greater Lansing Ride of Silence. One of more than 350 such events being held in all 50 states and 21 countries on May 15th, the Ride of … Continue reading

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Implementing your “Complete Streets” policy


Last night I had the opportunity to attend a regional transportation forum in Greater Lansing which dealt with how you go about implementing “Complete Streets” once your community has adopted a resolution, policy, and/or ordinance.  Since eight communities in Mid-Michigan … Continue reading

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Coalescing regional active transportation


Greater Lansing’s second regional active transportation forum was held last night at the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s headquarters in Old Town. The initial event had been held in November, 2011. Both events have been well attended (approximately 25 last night), depict a … Continue reading

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Great stuff in your backyard


Here are a few photographs taken during my three-hour stint of volunteering today at the MSU Bikes Service Center on the Michigan State University campus. Today was “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” (BATYOT) day in Greater Lansing. A … Continue reading

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Making sustainable attainable in Greater Lansing


Monday evening I had the honor to join approximately 100 fellow participants, planners, partners, and/or stakeholders from throughout Greater Lansing at a kick-off meeting for the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability at East Lansing’s Hannah Community Center. Partners in the program include the Tri-County Regional Planning … Continue reading

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Pedal-powered recycling for those in need


Saturday morning (4/28/12) I was honored to volunteer for several hours with my friends from MSU Bikes and Share-a-Bike to receive donated bicycles for recycling at the local Spring Recycling Event. Bicycles were just one item, among many, that were being … Continue reading

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