There are lots of murals in this town. Here are two fun ones, and a sad one.
Meet Mr. Ducky the Dog Toy.
While we were gone for Christmas, Lansing got a horrible ice storm that knocked out power to 40% of Board of Water and Light’s customers, some for up to 11 days in cold temperatures. Somehow our house was spared, while people who live across the street were not.
In our neighborhood, the power company (a private one; Consumer’s Energy, not the Lansing Board of Water and Light) came around and spraypainted trees that need to be trimmed. They have yet to actually touch these trees,weeks later. Newsflash guys: you can’t just trim trees every decade after a storm. Upkeep!
It’s impossible to ignore the huge barren field of concrete right in the heart of Lansing.
There was a large GM plant here once, closed about a decade ago. It’s right in the middle of what was once a middle class neighborhood, and is so large that a major road and a set of railroad tracks go right through the plant.
Someone made a film about Lansing’s struggle with keeping GM in town, and this is an informative article about the film and some of the history surrounding this story. We got a new plant, in the suburbs, right at the time this plant was closed. They razed the old plant but it’s fenced off and not being used for anything. You’d think they could make it into a park, or even some apartments. Dave’s theory is that it’s so polluted they can’t sell it for fear of alerting inspectors, so they’ll just sit on it forever.