New Banners for Williamston


Williamston has decided to revamp its obsolete city banners and introduce bright new ones to the downtown area. “Yes, the current banner inventory of banners that we have for the city are worn and outdated,” said Tammy Gilroy, Williamston mayor. “The new design will be more in line with our city’s current branding and identity moving forward.”

At the Williamston City Council meeting March 26, pictures of the banners were shown and were predicted to go up in the summer. The city clerk Holly Thompson has been overseeing the banner project and has worked with the designer over the past couple months. “She[Thompson] took the lead on the banner project,” said Rachel Piner city treasurer.

Mason’s population moves toward becoming younger, more diverse

As a predominately white, older and wealthier community, one wouldn’t expect the rural town of Mason to be very diverse. However, the community is moving in a more diverse direction, according to resident Erica Earls. “I think Mason is slowly getting there, but it’d be nice if we could expedite that process,” said Earls. As of 2010, 21.7 percent of Mason residents were from the ages of 20-34 and 92.4 percent identified themselves as Caucasian, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Having diversity within a community depends on a lot of factors, according to Michigan State University’s Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and Director of MSUE Urban Collaborators, Zenia Kotval.

Downtown Mason continues to grow. Parking spaces? Not so much

Parking in downtown Mason can be a struggle at times, especially in the summer with festivals the city holds. But mayor of Mason Russell Whipple said, “The best problem you can have is not enough parking.” The downtown square has been a top attraction for Mason residents and as the city continues to grow, more people will be making their way downtown. Mason resident Roger Arend said, “It’s busier than it was 50 years ago … more houses, more people, the streets are the same length, parks the same amount of cars with twice as many people so what’re you gonna do.”

Drinking holidays in East Lansing increase revenue at bars and liquor stores

East Lansing, being a college town, has a lot of bars and liquor stores where alcohol can be obtained. Those places see an increase in the amount of alcohol sales around several holidays that are considered drinking holidays. These drinking holidays are just normal holidays that society has associated with drinking. Either at parties or in social places such as bars as well as purchasing alcohol from liquor stores these holidays have become connected to alcohol. Some bars and liquor stores see an influx of people around drinking holidays.

East Lansing restaurants work to provide unique customer service to citizens

As a college town, East Lansing is naturally home to restaurants that serve all kinds of food and vary from carry-out to sit-down restaurants. Since a large portion of the population is college students, it’s natural for East Lansing to be home to more carry-out dining options. Larry Martin is a professor of economics at Michigan State University, he explained why the market for restaurants in the city looks the way it does. “The market supplies what people want, and I don’t think there’s a great demand for what you call nicer sit-down restaurants,” Martin said. “When you go (to sit-down restaurants in East Lansing) you often see a lot of empty tables.”

“Starting a business is hard,” say young Chinese entrepreneurs in East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Michigan – 2017 had been a busy year for Shangdong Li, a Chinese student who just graduated from MSU’s hospitality business school. After a year-long preparation, his Cajun style seafood restaurant, Crab Hero, finally opened in November. It all started when one of his friends recommended The Angry Crab, a chain restaurant that features Cajun-style seafood in Chicago. “It was delicious, and they had many customers,” Li recalled. “Then I traveled to Las Vegas, New York and Orlando.