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New Crosswalks Welcome You to This Eastside Neighborhood

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 15:19:52-04

LANSING, Mich. — They call themselves the “Neighbors of Scott Woods” and this fall, they want to make sure everyone, including students attending the Mt. Hope Stem Academy, know that they are welcome to this quiet neighborhood on Lansing’s Southeast side.

Recently volunteers painted new crosswalks at each street entering the neighborhood South of Mt. Hope Avenue across from the school. Each crosswalk is bright blue with the neighborhood association’s tree logo at one end. The project was encouraged and funded by the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board through its Neighborhood Grant program.

Jim DeLine is president of the Neighbors of Scott Woods and was one of the volunteers doing the painting. According to DeLine, “Call it ‘placemaking’ or whatever, but we love our neighborhood and we want everyone to know they are welcome here. We thought that this was a small fun graphic way to show that. Thank you to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board for their support.”

According to Tina Houghton, president of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board, “Neighbors of Scott Woods have been an inspiring group of active citizens since their inception. This project is such an innovative way of welcoming all to their neighborhood and demonstrates the pride and dedication people have living in Southeast Lansing. I look forward to seeing what they will come up with next!”

Projects such as this are encouraged by the City of Lansing’s administration. Andi Crawford, Director of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement, tells us, “The City of Lansing is committed to partnering with citizens on projects that are meaningful to residents. Citizens design their projects and apply to the Neighborhood Grant program for financial support and technical assistance to bring it to life. This project is one of 70 funded this year through this program and is a great example of committed neighbors doing great work in Lansing. Grant applications for 2020 open with a Neighborhood Program Launch event on Saturday October 19th. Contact the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement for more information.”

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