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Should I stay or should I go? The question LGBT families are asking in Lansing and across Michigan

A civil rights group recently ranked Michigan as one of the worst states for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to live. Find out more about the challenges Lansing-area LGBT families face and how members of the community are working hard to provide a welcoming place where all people are free to live, work, and play. 

Building a community of electronic music lovers in Lansing

A local DJ looks at the budding electronic music scene here in Lansing and how it's diversifying the sounds and spaces where people dance and chill throughout the week.

Slowly but surely connecting parks and trails systems in Ingham County

A new director and a new millage will amount to some major changes in Ingham County, like new and more connected systems of trails and parks. Hear more about what the Parks Department has planned.

Lansing's Black History and Future

Three local civil rights experts weigh in on the meaning of Black History Month in a post-Ferguson world, and we dig into some of Lansing’s rich black history. 

Lil' Darlins Vaudeville keeps old-time entertainment alive

Lil' Darlins Vaudeville is riding high on a renewed interest in vintage entertainment performances. Find out how this local troupe is keeping old-timey showmanship alive and fresh in an internet era, from eating light bulbs, to balancing feats on dining room chairs.

The truth about my love for Lansing

Capital Gains' Managing Editor isn't a Lansing native. And to be honest, she wasn't a big fan of the city when she first moved here nine years ago. Still, she gets involved, loves what's happening here and is now a huge cheerleader for the entire capital region. This is how she came to #LoveLansing.
 

Landing back in Lansing: Jeremy Orr

The Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council has a new Executive Director; a bright and passionate MSU grad whose work has had an impact throughout the state of Michigan.  

Emil's: Serving as an anchor restaurant on Lansing's Eastside for over 90 years

Emil’s, Lansing's oldest restaurant and an anchor of the Eastside, uses delicious recipes, outreach for the community, as well as traditional Italian charm to keep bellies full and hearts happy. 

Are year-round schools in Michigan's future?

From Pontiac to Baldwin, a number of Michigan public school districts are spending this year preparing for a big change. The Capital region also has schools doing the same thing ... 

The Zone: providing students with a pipeline into the workplace and community

In East Lansing, Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s The Zone models how to develop business growth, student professionalism, and community outreach through its strategic and flexible plan.  

Keeping up with the craft scene: Lansing's craft cocktails

Craft cocktails make a comeback as Lansing bars and restaurants seek local goods and quality ingredients, while creating a community-friendly atmosphere.

Zines harness print and a DIY ethic to empower cultural and self-expression

With a boost from the do-it-yourself ethos, some writers, artists, and activists in the Capital region are departing from the digital and employing simple means of production to create, publish, and distribute a new generation of zines.

Mingle: creating a space for Lansing's diverse array of young professionals

How do new residents connect with other young professionals in the Capital region? Mingle is an up-and-coming new networking group that is dedicated to creating a fun, friendly, and encouraging environment for young professionals from diverse backgrounds.

What makes a city 'smart,' anyway?

In recent years, urban planners, cross-sector leaders, and city enthusiasts have trumpeted the rise of "smart cities." As that conversation gets louder across here in Lansing and across the globe, we can't help but ask: What exactly makes a city smart? 

How smart of a city is Lansing?

As Lansing works to become a smarter city economically, environmentally, and socially - we can't help but wonder just how we are doing compared to the conceptual view of what makes a city smart. 
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