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Central City Mini-Tour (May 25, 2008)


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I took some photos for the first time in awhile. It's really a bunch of odds-and-ends, nothing comprehensive. It also isn't a development thread.

Capitol Avenue mini-panorama, looking southeast.


The next few are the former Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company Building, which was recently converted by and for the headquarters of Christman Company, a nationally-renowned multi-skilled construction company. It completed the world's first "double platinum" LEED-certified renovation upon the completion of the renovation of the building. A corporate boardroom was added to the top of this building as part of the renovation.




Across the street is the former First Baptist Church of Lansing, now the non-doctrinal and less rigid Christ Community Church of Greater Lansing.


The Michigan State Capitol east grounds.


Northwest of the downtown core is the residential Genesee Neighborhood, an historic neighborhood filled with houses completed before the turn of the century. This house at 301 North Sycamore (at Ionia) was completed in 1884.


The new plaza Lansing Community College constructed where Washington Avenue meets the campus. Washington Avenue techincally continues through the campus, but the city gave up the right away to the college to make sure the mall is never reopeneded to traffic.



The old Lansing Board of Water and Light Ottawa Street Power Station, soon to be the headquarters of the Accident Fund Insurance Company.


Finally, down past REO Town on the near-southside is the Moores Park Neighborhood where I found these anti-war signs that have popped up over the city during the war. Lansing is home to the active Greater Lansing Network Against War and Injustice.


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It's the offices for the Michigan State House of Representatives members, but I'd hardly call it ugly. It's faced in real limestone (as opposed to the cheap concrete stained to look like limestone, these days), and the interesting windows give it some texture. Considering what was there before (one of the towers is actually a reconstruction of the old Board of Water and Light headquarters), it's a great change.

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