Having moved to Lansing recently, I was searching for local spots I could call my own and Old Town Lansing is one place I find myself returning to on an almost daily basis for fun, shopping, and a sense of feeling safe. So, you can imagine how I felt when I found out two young men had taken it upon themselves to spread hate across twelve buildings with an intolerable message – “Kill Gays”.
However, shortly thereafter, I was delighted to hear that they had caught one of the suspects. I was even more delighted when I saw how fast the community came together to let people know that this type of action would not be permitted in Old Town. What I am learning is that Old Town is so great because it has diverse businesses and opportunities for people of all ethnicities, gender preferences, and socio-economic classes. It is a place where community comes together not only for festivals and hip happenings, but when a community member needs them. It’s a place where neighbors call the police when someone is spray painting community buildings. It’s a place where the police answer these calls promptly.
I am proud to be a part of the Old Town Community both in my personal life and at work. Progress Michigan joined together with downtown businesses, community leaders, and the Old Town Commercial Association to let people know their voice can be heard and that together the ideals and diversity in Old Town will stand. Join others in standing up for Old Town and diversity at www.nohateinoldtown.com.