Domestic violence and relationship abuse happens all over the world, the United States, and Michigan. In big cities like Lansing, where there are many people in a concentrated area, it is vital for victims and survivors to have access–preferably easy access–to resources that will help and support them. For many women, the first resource they would think of is the police. But victims also need a place to sleep. Ruth Sternaman, a counselor at the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, said that in the Lansing area, housing assistance for victims could be improved as well as child protective services.
Any amount of time spent in downtown Lansing is enough to notice the many large, colorful murals adorning the wall of local businesses. These public works of art are a prominent part of the community, and bring a special sort of life to Lansing and its residents. “Public art creates community as its created by a community,” said Keith Buchele, owner of Soup Spoon Cafe in Lansing. This restaurant has a huge, interactive painting on the side that reads “Thank You, Michigan” and is covered with the prompt “I’m grateful for ___”. The spaces are intended to be filled with chalk writing, resulting in a giant community blessings board.
Most people are aware of fad diets and health trends that sweep around the nation and disappear within a few months. Some remain longer. Sometimes, health consciousness seems to settle itself into a particular area or city. The health scene in Lansing appears to have a following for “trendy” health food, such as juice bars and salad bars. The local community, from college kids to elders to families, are enjoying these outlets, whether or not it’s actually making a difference on the city’s health as a whole.