I've spent the last year living in the neighborhood on South Washington between South and Elm streets. It's home to Discount Dave's, the Cadillac Club, and a few other small businesses. It's been a convenient area for me to live because of its proximity to the freeway and River Trail, both easy ways to travel around Lansing.
I moved in thinking the area was due for a renewal project, and a lot of events on my block are underway during the summer months, but nothing drastic has happened so far. I've yet to see a business move into any of the vacant storefronts, including the downstairs of my loft. The area directly north is also regularly featured on the 8 o'clock news, and not for positive reasons.
So I'm moving out. I've found a place that is larger, closer to MSU, and has space for my motorcycle for substantially less. I'll miss having all the sights of downtown Lansing only a 10 minute walk away, and I love urban living. Unfortunately Lansing has not been able to live up to my dreams as a city, with its businesses closed after 3pm, dead quiet streets, and lack of a sense of community. Maybe I'm being harsh, but honestly, I thought the city was in for a turnaround. I still think that's the case, but it won't happen while I'm here.
I'm Vector Einstein, or VE for short. I drive around in a electric vehicle, or EV for short. With the help of an infinite number of monkeys, on an infinite number of typewriters, we write a little blog called "Electricity in the Motor City," or E=MC for short.