Pam

Alternative Transportation in Asia

From a recent study abroad trip to Asia, I would like to give my take on their transportation and how it compares to our beloved city of Lansing. I focused most of my attention on bikability, walkability, public transportation, and a few other modes I didn’t expect to be options! We traveled to 3 countries, including Seoul (the capital of South Korea), Malaysia and Singapore.

Seoul

25 million people live in the city and surrounding area, and 10 million within the city limits. This as you can imagine creates incredible challenges when it comes to pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. Combining all users of their roadway and creating ‘complete streets’ (a concept that is catching on in the States) is a work in progress.

A small fact which helps explain and inform their built environment would be the country’s geography. Not to bash the enormous beauty found in the country side, but it sucks for building houses or livability! The mountains are bedrock, and a plethora of tree covered  rolling hills make it extremely difficult to build roads, deliver material and even farm. Any flat area of land in these mountains is covered with rice fields or growing  vegetables/fruit. Hence the city of Seoul (the largest and possibly only flat area in all of Korea) is almost 2 times as dense as New York City.

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Jess

Home Sweet Friendship

We’ve all had that moment. You know what we’re talking about…that moment where you suddenly come to the realization that Lansing is your “home sweet home.” We here at the Lansing Collective want to know what makes our capitol city your “home sweet home” and when you realized it- so we are embarking upon a series where Lansingites share their aha moment with us! Submit your stories to HomeSweetHome@lansingcollective.com and we may just publish it on the blog! Read on to learn about this week’s featured story.

I grew up in Kalamazoo. I went to Plainwell High School, had good friends, and did silly things. Until a few years ago, saying “I’m headed home” meant I was going to Kalamazoo. My transition to Lansingite was a slow one. Lansing didn’t become my home because of time spent here, or buying a house. I knew Lansing was home when I met Betsy Weber and Robin Miner-Swartz.

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Shannon

Home Sweet Home: My heart lives in Lansing

We’ve all had that moment. You know what we’re talking about…that moment where you suddenly come to the realization that Lansing is your “home sweet home.” We here at the Lansing Collective want to know what makes our capitol city your “home sweet home” and when you realized it- so we are embarking upon a series where Lansingites share their aha moment with us! Submit your stories to HomeSweetHome@lansingcollective.com and we may just publish it on the blog! Read on to learn about this week’s featured story.

For those of you that do not know, my sister moved to Chicago this summer. She gave in to the alluring lights and sounds of the big city and left mid-Michigan to start her life in a bustling and hip neighborhood of Chi-town. (Along with countless other friends, there was a mass exodus from Lansing to Chicago, I swear…)

My sister and I in Chicago

Naturally, I have ventured into the city on a few occasions this summer to spend long weekends with my sis and her roommate (who just so happens to be one of my best friends) and fell for the appeal of the hipster parts of the cute little neighborhoods- the vegan bakeries, bike friendly streets, locally owned pubs, boutiques and restaurants lining every street, the fashion of the passersby as I dove into my pitcher of brunch margaritas- needless to say I felt I knew exactly why so many of my friends and acquaintances have left the small streets of Lansing to start fresh in a bigger Midwest town. That is until I hit the road to reluctantly return to my home in Lansing. That’s when it happened. Continue reading