Murals ‘n things, part 2

There are lots of murals in this town.  Here are two fun ones, and a sad one.

Fork in the Road Diner

Fork in the Road Diner

Soup Spoon Cafe

Soup Spoon Cafe

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closed liquor store

closed liquor store

After the ice storm that left the power out for weeks, it read: I wish this were a: town that cared about us.

After the ice storm that left the power out for weeks, it read:
I wish this were a: town that cared about us.

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Soooooo sick of potholes

Meet Mr. Ducky the Dog Toy.

DSC_0387He is about 7″ tall and 7″ wide, just about the width of our car tires.DSC_0389DSC_0476Mr. Ducky is going to help illustrate the maze of potholes we have to navigate every day.

Here are some near the middle school I teach at:DSC_0398 DSC_0391 DSC_0396 DSC_0393And here are some in just a three block stretch of our street.  We call it “driving the luge” every morning because of all the swerving we have to do.

DSC_0475 DSC_0468 DSC_0464 DSC_0459 DSC_0457 DSC_0450 DSC_0447 DSC_0442Supposedly the state legislature is thinking of–gasp–raising funds for roads by taxing those who use it!  However, this is making most people raging lunatics, so it probably won’t happen.

 

Aftermath of snow storm

While we were gone for Christmas, Lansing got a horrible ice storm that knocked out power to 40% of Board of Water and Light’s customers, some for up to 11 days in cold temperatures. Somehow our house was spared, while people who live across the street were not.

These pictures were taken 4 or more weeks weeks after this storm. Yards still look like they have brambles growing next to the street due to the huge piles of brush that have yet to be picked up.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn our neighborhood, the power company (a private one; Consumer’s Energy, not the Lansing Board of Water and Light) came around and spraypainted trees that need to be trimmed.  They have yet to actually touch these trees,weeks later.  Newsflash guys:  you can’t just trim trees every decade after a storm.  Upkeep!DSC_0359

pretty sure this is not a recent development

pretty sure this is not a recent development

GM Plant

It’s impossible to ignore the huge barren field of concrete right in the heart of Lansing.

IMG_20130801_210117There was a large GM plant here once, closed about a decade ago.  It’s right in the middle of what was once a middle class neighborhood, and is so large that a major road and a set of railroad tracks go right through the plant.

gmplantTo give you an idea of the size, here is the plant compared to the campus of MSU, which is one of the larger land-grant ag campuses, including farms, etc.

MsuvsgmSomeone made a film about Lansing’s struggle with keeping GM in town, and this is an informative article about the film and some of the history surrounding this story.  We got a new plant, in the suburbs, right at the time this plant was closed.  They razed the old plant but it’s fenced off and not being used for anything.  You’d think they could make it into a park, or even some apartments.  Dave’s theory is that it’s so polluted they can’t sell it for fear of alerting inspectors, so they’ll just sit on it forever.

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tracks through the plant

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