Lansing business leaders say population density, housing are key to downtown revitalization

A group of prominent mid-Michigan business leaders says Lansing needs more population density to revitalize its downtown district.

They spoke at a panel Thursday at the Kellogg Center as part of the Lansing Regional Chamber’s economic club. Their conversation centered around what needs to be done to generate activity in Lansing’s downtown.

All of the panelists said more housing and businesses would make the area a more attractive and walkable destination for visitors.

Cathleen Edgerly is executive director of Downtown Lansing Inc. She said getting more residents living downtown is key to the area’s growth.

“They attend the events. They enjoy the amenities. They drive future investment. They support the businesses,” Edgerly said. “People matter, and we need more people in downtown Lansing.”

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