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ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Why So Many Water Main Breaks?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Image: East Lansing DPW crews fix a sewer problem. Courtesy of City of East Lansing.

A reader asks: "Why does East Lansing keep having all these water main breaks—this summer, Grand River Avenue; last winter, Forest Avenue; and recently Harrison Road?"

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 25, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Each week, ELi provides a "capsule" of what happened at City Council.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Work session: This was a work session, which means there was no video recording of the meeting.

Discussion of proposed amendment to the Code of Ethics: For a special ELi report on this, click here.

ELi ON EARTH: De-Icing Solutions

Monday, November 24, 2014

In response to the recent snows and freezing rain, East Lansing residents brought out shovels and de-icing agents to clear their walks and driveways. ELi on Earth (EoE) has already covered the creation of ice in the form of hail, and this week EoE is going to look at using salt to melt ice on your sidewalk and driveway, including which product to choose if you’re conscious of the environment in East Lansing.

CITY OF THE SMARTS: Meet the Glacier That Made East Lansing

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This is Geography Awareness Week, and so MSU’s Geography Chairperson, Prof. Alan Arbogast, wants you to be aware of geography. Explains Arbogast (shown above), geographers like him “think about location—where things are—but we also think about place. By ‘place’ we mean what makes a place distinctive. What makes it funky? Unique? Different? What makes it feel the way it feels?”

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Has Hotel Indigo Pulled Out?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Each week at ELi, we take a question from a reader, investigate the answer, and bring you the result on Friday.

This week’s question from a reader: Did the failure of the parking lot sale authorization on Election Day cause Hotel Indigo to pull out of its plan to be a tenant in the proposed “Building A” in the Park District?

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 18, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Each week, ELi provides a "capsule" of what happened at City Council.

Present: Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Absent: Mayor Nathan Triplett.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Giving the Gift of Blood

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Giving blood is a quick, easy way to help others in need. Donating blood takes about an hour, is relatively painless, and besides helping others, you are rewarded with sweet treats afterward. I started donating blood as a young mother 30 years ago, and still donate as often as I can. I find that giving blood is an easy way to help fill the critical need for blood. During times of national crisis like after 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, giving blood was my way of helping feel connected to other families.

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Why Did People Vote Yes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week’s “Ask ELi to Investigate” is a follow-up to last week when we looked at why people voted “no” on the question of authorizing City Council to sell three parking lots. Today we’re looking at why 4,858 people (about 56.6% of those who voted) voted “yes.”

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Why Did People Vote No?

Friday, November 7, 2014

What were the 3,728 people who voted “no” thinking? That’s the question we’re tackling this week in “Ask ELi to Investigate”—why enough East Lansing voters said “no” (to authorizing City Council to sell three parking lots) to cause the measure to fail. We think gathering answers to this question could help citizens, City officials, and developers understand what happened as the City goes forward from here.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This week’s meeting happened on Wednesday because this Tuesday was Election Day. The meeting was a short half-hour.

Councilmembers present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, and Kathy Boyle.

Councilmembers absent: Susan Woods.

ELi ON EARTH: Bulbs

Monday, November 3, 2014

While the chill in the air and the leaves on the ground may signal the coming of winter, they also mark the time in East Lansing for planting many kind of bulbs. For plants that form them, bulbs are both the food storage and growth structures for spring.

ASK ELi: Why Parking Lots Ballot Question Is NOT about the Blighted Corner

Friday, October 31, 2014

This week's Ask Eli tackles a question we've gotten in conversation with several readers one that can be summed up this way:

Does redevelopment of the blighted area at Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road depend on the parking lot sale ballot question passing?

The answer: The answer is an unequivocal "no." That is simply a different project.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ELi’s weekly Wednesday feature, “Council Capsule,” gives you a quick run-down of happenings of note at City Council the night before.

Last night's meeting was a work session. Next week’s meeting will be on Wednesday because Tuesday is Election Day.

Roll Call: All five Council members were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett , Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

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