Politics, economics, and emotions collide in debate over the fate of Scott Sunken Garden

By Max Johnston
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Malcolm X Street west of Washington Avenue was once densely populated with English Tudors and mansions of the Lansing elite. Now only two remain: The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame and The Scott House and Sunken Garden. However, the Board of Water and Light is trying to replace the Scott House and Sunken Garden with a new substation, much to the chagrin of some in Lansing like Liz Harrow. “Mainly my objection is that it feels that Lansing is giving up on its downtown, or on REO Town,” Harrow said. “They have decided that this unsightly compromise is good enough for a small city with low ambitions.”