Posted by Meghan Webber
For the past few weeks, we have talked about smart growth, giving an overview of the concept and discussing its core principles. This week, we are looking at how smart growth principles are being applied today in the Lansing region.
Over the past 50 years, we have seen growth that has predominately moved away from central urban areas into low-density, separated communities dependent on automobiles.
While the suburban platform still has relevance, there has definitely been a shift in what people are looking for, especially when it comes to millennials who are now reaching adulthood.
“People want walkability, they want easy access, and they want choices,” said Rachel Michaud, vice president of the Lansing development company Gillespie Group. “We are seeing that people are less tied to the actual size of the space they live in and more tied to the options around it.”
Michaud said the principles of smart growth are incorporated into many of the group’s projects, including their current focus of bringing new life to the urban core of Lansing. ...