Imagine the Avenue

Imagine the Avenue


The City of Lansing anticipates that Michigan Avenue, from Pennsylvania Avenue to west of US-127, will be reconstructed within five years – including sidewalks and the street. In summer/ fall of 2017, community workshops were held where participants gave feedback on preassembled street designs that demonstrated a range of potential improvements for the Avenue. Participants added, removed and changed street design elements, or created their own design proposal. They also indicated their preferences for potential streetscape aesthetics, transit amenities, and placemaking opportunities. Based on this feedback, a street design manual has been drafted with guidelines for how the space between the buildings should be designed. This space includes the roadway, sidewalks, bike facilities, transit amenities, street plantings, crosswalks, and the privately owned property between the right-of-way line and building facades.


What is Shaping the Avenue?

Shaping the Avenue is an initiative to realize years of community visioning for the Avenue (Michigan and Grand River Avenues) by putting the land use and street design regulations in place to support economic development, build upon community character, and improve comfort and safety for all modes of travel – cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, and transit users. Initiated in 2016, this planning effort is a multi-jurisdictional partnership between the municipalities of Lansing, Lansing Township, East Lansing, Meridian Township, and the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). For more information, visit

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August 6-11

For one week, along one block of Michigan Avenue, we invite you to imagine how a “new” Michigan Avenue could look and function. Walkable, bikeable, shopable ... fantastic. Special activities are planned during the week. Come experience Imagine the Avenue, then take our brief online survey and let us know what you think!

Friday, August 10; 6 pm 
Meet at the Peanut Barrel in East Lansing, then enjoy a leisurely ride along the Avenue — ending at Arts Night Out.

Friday, August 10; 5-8 pm 

2000 block of Michigan Ave.

Music, artists, and walkable fun throughout the neighborhood.

  • Asian Gourmet
    Bead Boutique
    China Flavor
    EmPOWer Lansing: free classes
    Everybody Reads and Triple Goddess Bookstore
  • Green Door
  • Local Tattoo
    Strange Matter
    The Avenue
  • The Venue
  • Toarmina’s
  • Wild Strawberry
  • ... & More


  • Artists throughout the Eastside including:
    Daniel J. Hogan (illustrator);
    Steph Joy Hogan (mixed-media painter);
    Lainey Yehl (chalk artist); Andrew Sandstedt (sculptor);
  • Violet Defiant (contortionist); All of the Above (dance);
    Jena McShane (photographer); Brian Whitfield (muralist);
    Jenny Schu (bead and fiber artist):
    Michelle Deterring (watercolor);
    Mary Molnar (mixed media painter);
  • Amanda Grieshop (photographer); Sarah Jean Sews; Obsidian Wolves (dance) 


  • Taylor Taylor; Adam Droscha; Kendall Cassella; Mike Bass.


Saturday, August 11; 11 am - 2 pm 
City of Lansing lot behind the Green Door. Food trucks and family fun combine for  a great Saturday.

  • Face painting
  • Balloon animals
  • Fenner Nature Center
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Home Depot Kid’s Workshops
  • Brandon McCoy (musician)
  • The Smoke N’ Pig BBQ food truck
  • ... & More

Saturday, August 11; 10 am - 4 pm 
Corner of E. Michigan and S. Fairview. Organized by the Eastside Neighborhood Association.

Sponsored by:  The City of Lansing.  Shaping the Avenue. CATA.