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Lansing working on keeping downtown’s lights burning after 5 p.m.

The city of Lansing is best known for being the capital of Michigan, and just a stone’s throw away from Michigan State’s campus. If you live in the area, then you know many of the people that work downtown typically leave the city once work gets out. “A lot of times I think the Greater Lansing area has a hard time making sure that Michigan is a great place to live,” said Bill Kimble, president of C2AE architecture and engineering company in downtown Lansing. “A lot of us have families here, but sometimes that’s not enough.”

Locals like William Davis believe that bringing in more young people will rejuvenate the city helping it bloom into something great. “It’s so quiet during the winter, there’s times where I want to scream because it’s so quiet!” Davis went on to question how Lansing’s ability to maintain relevancy.

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Lansing small businesses look to target MSU students

Small businesses have been a major economic drive in Lansing for decades, but Michigan State University provides them a unique opportunity. Some business owners believe that the presence of MSU and its students can provide an economic boom to their enterprises. “It depends on the type of market that company is looking to going into,” said Jessica Bunce, the Program Director for the Master of Science in Marketing Research Program within the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU. “If you’re thinking about the traditional college student, you are possibly going to be looking more at the undergrad. Perhaps they have student loans.

New study could help Lansing fight vacancy rates

The campus of Lansing Catholic High School is clean and well-kept. The sidewalks are clear, the windows are intact. Walk a few streets over, though, and you won’t find much like it. The area surrounding the high school is riddled with vacant homes and buildings, something that parents and students definitely notice. “You drive by school and you see houses with boarded up windows and tall grass,” says Steven Izzo, a sophomore at Lansing Catholic.