By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer
LANSING, MI. –Old Town businesses are slowly thinking about how they want to see their town in the next 10 to 15 years.In the early 1980’s, Old Town was run down and abandoned. “There really wasn’t a lot of crime,” said Tina Ray of MessageMakers. “Just boarded up buildings that made it look empty like a ghost town.”
In 1982, Terry Terry, founder of MessageMakers, came to Old Town and started to renovate. In 1984, he created the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA), and he collaborated with a group of artists to make an art district.