Residents, employees and business owners share their view of Lansing’s future

 

Every city has its stakeholders – men, women and children who want to see the community grow, businesses thrive, education improve and popularity skyrocket. The collective viewpoint of these individuals in the City of Lansing could determine the future of Michigan’s capital city. Ariniko O’Meara – Vice President of the REO Town Commercial Association

Ariniko O’Meara is no stranger to the Lansing area. She spends much of her time in REO Town, a Lansing district in the middle of an impressive comeback. “I was born and raised in Lansing until I was 22,” she said.

Some local college students steer clear of City of Lansing; why?

Do local college students spend a significant amount of time in the City of Lansing? It depends on who you ask. “I commuted to and from LCC (Lansing Community College) but never stopped and visited the City of Lansing,” said Sarah Baylis, a Michigan State University transfer student. “As an MSU student, I stay in the East Lansing area.” Baylis attended LCC for two years before transferring to MSU.

Outdoor recreation thrives in the City of Lansing

Ask a resident or visitor about recreational activities in the City of Lansing. You’ll likely hear more than you expected. Lansing is home to numerous parks, bodies of water and non-motorized trails, making it a popular place for outdoor recreational activities during all seasons. One commonly visited park is Hawk Island Park, located on Cavanaugh Road. At Hawk Island Park, visitors can rent rowboats and peddle boats, swim on the beach, enjoy picnic areas and splash parks, play horseshoes or snow tube in the winter.

Flea market, antique stores continue to flourish in Lansing

In the City of Lansing, residents can find numerous flea market and antique stores, including Capitol City Pickers Vintage Marketplace, Dicker & Deal Second Hand Store, The Mega Mall and Vintage Junkies. Each of these stores has something in common – they cater to the same community. “When it comes to flea markets and antique stores, you can find different types of consumers,” said Ayalla Ruvio, an assistant professor of marketing at Michigan State University. “There are the ones that are generally interested in antiques. There are those people that do it for professional reasons.

REO Town community finds its post-industrial place in the world

 

REO Town, a Lansing district located south of downtown, is considered the United States birthplace of the commercial automobile. The district is named after Ransom Eli Olds, an entrepreneur who founded the REO Motor Car Company in 1905. From 1905 to 1975, a major manufacturing plant for the REO Motor Car Company was located in REO Town. The plant gave a significant financial boost to the district, supplying both jobs and outside interest. Since production ceased in 1975, the automotive industry has remained the major employer in REO Town, with more than 2,000 workers employed by the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.

Lansing locals share tourism suggestions for non-residents

The City of Lansing is home to more than 50 tourist attractions including small businesses, recreational activities and political education. How do visitors determine where to start? Lansing residents have several ideas of their own. Madison Stapels, a student strategist at Piper & Gold Public Relations, has lived in the area for several years. Stapels is a Michigan State University student and enjoys kayaking by the Lansing City Market in her free time.

To rent or buy? It’s a never-ending question for City of Lansing residents

The City of Lansing is home to dozens of small businesses, college students and several of the most important landmarks in Michigan history. It isn’t, however, a permanent home to many people. The Greater Lansing Area, defined as the East Lansing and Lansing areas combined, holds more than 400,000 residents. The City of Lansing is home to just over 100,000 of them. “Honestly a lot of people are trying not to own a home in the City of Lansing,” Nichole McCollum, a Lansing Realtor, said.

Lansing business owners share their secrets to success

Owning a business is far from easy, even under perfect circumstances. Success is hard-won and results from months (or years) of effort and dedication. What, then, is the secret to success in the capital of the state, where organized events, politics and tourism make a significant difference in traffic? Chad Jordan, the owner of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, believes in being genuine. “I think what helped us stay in business for 10 years was authenticity,” Jordan said.