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  1. Can anyone give me some information about the 3 to 4 buildings below at the corner of Michigan and Capitol Ave's that were torn down for Lansing city hall and police department? I am interested in the businesses that occupied the locations. Here is a picture below for reference. I believe my family may have owned a business and operated a soda fountain, one of the first in lansing in this stretch. All I have is an old ad that references "steps from the state capitol." Photo credits go to the WSU Virtual Motor City Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. What happened to the proposal a while back of the fish ladder being dismantled? I think it's a neat attraction along the river and can be educational for students as well.
  3. Great pictures! How long has Dalmatians been there? I noticed it for the first time when I was visiting my old stopping grounds a few weeks back. I think I'll have to stop by and check it out when I'm in town later this week! I love the new look that REOtown is taking on. I just wish they could work their way down South Street with some much needed improvements. I think a key to this would be doing something with the old train depot that went from restaurant to a night club about 10 years ago. As far as I know it has been empty ever since.
  4. Detroit looks amazing in the summer, but I cant wait for winter to return! I hate this warm weather.
  5. from the random and probably dumb questions section of my brain... I was in Bay City a couple weeks ago visiting my girlfriend's family. While going through a box of old postcards I found one of the State Capitol building in which the dome was primarily a gold color. It was not dated so I could not get a time frame to reference. did the building's dome have a period of glowing color or has it always been white? I was going to purchase it and scan it, but incredibly neither me or the lady had $1.25. LOL! I'll pick it up the next time I'm up there.
  6. I agree about the condition of the Depot. I was in there last week for the first time in about a year and it was really shocking what sort of damage has been done in that time. While in the paper factory the week before we some punk ass teens throwing stuff out the windows on the east side of the tower. It took everything in me from hunting them down. I'm not sure what I would have said, but that sort of destruction is just not necessary. I know the damage they are doing is not hurting anything in the long run, but who gives them the right to destroy what they do not own? Take pictures and memories, leave just your footprints. How hard is that to understand?
  7. I agree LMich. I remember discussion when Olds Park was built about a possible hotel going where the Stadium District is being built right now. Other than that I have never heard a word about any hotels in the city. It probably doesn't help though that we sit right between two larger cities, Grand Rapids and Detroit. Lansing generally just gets the passers through on 96 or 69. The Deluxe Inn is downright disgusting. I wish the city would force it to close, as they have threatened in the past.
  8. Yea, I've seen the video of it falling without the person in there. Lol! Actually, it is not funny at all...until the goofy version with the person in there.
  9. LOL! Yeah, I grow up there my entire life, saw the sign every single day, and even stayed there 2 weeks ago and I got it wrong! I am just used to marriott being the primary brand down here. I think it's time for me to cash in my Lansing Card.
  10. The only hotel of any quality downtown is the Marriott at Michigan and Grand Ave. They have good rates and is really a great downtown hotel. As for food, it all depends on what you want. Washington Blvd and Michigan Ave are both emerging food/entertainment areas. for a good lunch check out Jalape
  11. So as I arrived home from Bay City at 4:30 this morning, the lack of traffic allowed me to examine the beautiful Detroit skyline. It was a welcoming sight to be home, until I noticed that they STILL have not fixed the exterior lighting on the Penobscot building. It is truly one of the most beautiful buildings, when lit properly at night. with the current scheme (just the top tier lit) it looks very awkward. Rant over.
  12. I was over at Moorse Park two weekends ago and I was shocked at how high the river was! It's always high this time of year, but all the extra snow is really showing up down there. the fishing pier next to the canoe landing was under water. In the 3 years since it was built, I cannot remember it being that high (excluding the spring thaw).
  13. Love the photo Eridony! The parking ramps provide great views, but it is hard to get good lighting from there because of the southern face of the sun.
  14. My concern would not be how long decontamination would take...rather, how much $$$ it would take. That site is massive.
  15. Of course we all know that the LCA area was the state fairgrounds, long before GM took the land over. I think it is important that any development in that area incorporate the history of the site. It would be great to see a park along the river, maybe a "riverwalk of history" or something that recognizes the importance of that site. That area of town is where I grew up, and it leaves a hole in my heart when I visit home and see that big hole which was once the center of the automotive world! At one time the city of Lansing produced more vehicles than any other city in the world...including Detroit. One thing that has always bothered me is the lack of recognition from the city of Lansing in regards to the local history. I know that the city is not very old, by most standards, but I would argue that for a city of it's size the history is as rich as can be. The LCA area offers a tremendous opportunity--a blank slate in the middle of the city. There is an opportunity to do something to recognize the past, while looking to the future.
  16. Does anyone know why the antenna was removed from the Boji Tower? The building looks very odd without it. I just noticed it this morning. How long has it been gone?
  17. So I got in a little fender-bender on Michigan Ave. at Washington this morning. I was critical of the new design with the traffic circle, but I was wrong...it works perfect. The problem is that you cant be driving at trying to take photographs of the beautiful new boulevard at the same time. Oh well. The Avenue is coming along very well. The newly installed rain gardens look great. It will really be a site to see when they are completed all the way up to Pennsylvania, and the orange construction cones are removed.
  18. John Hannah was most noted for expanding Michigan State from a respected regional undergraduate-oriented institution into a comprehensive national research university, and for helping to get Michigan State into the Big Ten Conference. He was also the first chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 28 years (1941-1969), enrollment increased from 15,000 to 38,000. this statue of John A. Hannah stands between the computer center (pictured) and the Administration Building (you will thank me for not photographing it).
  19. Google maps now allows you to drag your route and to make changes...just drag the route to equal what the posters said and she can have no complaint.
  20. The MSU 2020 Vision has further plans for the stadium. That is just a concept, and not yet a master plan...but word around the athletic department is that more updates will happen sooner, rather than later, assuming Dantonio brings a winning program to town.
  21. My statement was actually very ignorant. After looking at the map posted and a current map, I realize just how many streets are cut off at the freeways. It sure would be nice if the highways had been capped or something, at least in the downtown area.
  22. I love the Lafayette Park neighborhood, but between that and the DMC the street grid sure did go for a tumble. I'm really not so convinced that the freeways completely destroyed the street grid. For instance, 375 runs parallel to all the N/S streets. It would have only required a single row of city blocks to be taken out (including service drives). That would not explain the mess at Lafayette park, which still could have maintained the grid.
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