Spartan Village Development

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A new Spartan Village housing development will be constructed across from the Breslin Center. It will include: a large apartment complex, office building, a garden, townhomes, a parking lot and lots of open space. The project is estimated to cost around $150 million and will be constructed, “...on a 10 acre site on the corner of Harrison and Kalamazoo St. The development will replace the decades-old Spartan Village apartments a mile to the south,”with a state of the art new housing development. The new Spartan Village would be much closer to campus, allowing for a better connection between off campus students and the campus itself.

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Improvement Ideas

  

    Local Arts   

  

    Author:     Ashley Carter   

    

    Principle:     Community Involvement   

  

    Description:     

Spartan Village’s housing development is suppose to be a place where people can gather and connect with those on and off campus. The plans called for a garden, a parking lot and lots of open space amongst other things. I think it is imperative to utilize this space the best way possible and give it purpose. You can do so by holding local festivals and performances. The people from the community from craft groups, organizations on campus and just locals would help put on these large gatherings. “Today a performance tent is located at one end of the square in which weddings, holiday performances, and fashion shows are held, and there are several different types of markets around the park’s perimeter. The park is functioning as a successful central square for the people of San Bernardino.” (Creating Great Urban Parks. Kent & Madden.)

  

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    Multicultural block   

  

    Author:     MIchel Metzner   

    

    Principle:     culture and connectivity   

  

    Description:     

East Lansing should be a multi cultural city. Michigan state is a huge university that has lots of international students. Yet the city of east lansing does a terrible job at including them and making them feel welcome. All the stores are just big chain stores that you see all across america. It’s not creative and it’s not inclusive. My idea would be to turn the Spartan Village project into a sort of multicultural square. We should be more aware of the other cultures alive in our city and give a place where these cultures can be expressed and intermingle with other cultures.
Currently spartan village is a inexpensive place to live right now, I want to keep those aspects of Spartan village while adding some energy and life to the place. The way that many people experience another culture is through food, because of this I think it would be cool to have different restaurants or food trucks that offered different cultural foods, there could be a Chinese restaurant, a mediterranean food truck, a restaurant that serves Indian food, the possibilities are endless. The best possible scenario would that these eateries would be owned by small businesses. I would add these eateries to what they are currently planning on building office spaces, What would also add to the cultural value is if the architecture matched what the architecture looks like in different countries, the buildings of apartments, townhouses and businesses could be designed in ways that would be typical for another country. These additions and modifications would turn Spartan Village into a multicultural hub that would add some diversity and culture to East Lansing.

  

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    Amphitheater   

  

    Author:     Brendan Carney   

    

    Principle:     Community Space   

  

    Description:     

One key aspect to the Spartan Village Development is to include community space into the project in order to promote students to intermingle in their shared living spaces. There are many open spaces between buildings in Spartan Village, meaning there is plenty of room to add community spaces for all tenants to enjoy. The addition of an all seasons amphitheater would be one way to utilize the extra space and promote music among students.

The space could not only be used for students in Spartan Village, but students could come from all over campus to enjoy music performances by fellow students or local performers. Music has the unique ability to bring different kinds of people together and allows them to set aside their differences for the mutual enjoyment of an artist. Allowing many different performers from all over campus perform in the amphitheater would allow for the different fans to mingle in the audience and build relations among students. The addition of the amphitheater could be added with minimal additional cost to the project and it could be used for many years. It is an easy way to bring a community connection to students.

  

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    Inclusivity through Bikes   

  

    Author:     Gejsi Rada   

    

    Principle:     Connectivity   

  

    Description:     

Spartan Village will be transformed into an area with many students that will utilize its open space and the multitude of acres that the project will cover. Unlike the previous location of Spartan Village, this will be across the street from campus and will be within friendly biking distance. Therefore, many of the residents of this living space will likely bring their bikes along with them and expect to use them as their main mode of transportation during the school year.
To cater to the needs of the plethora of bikers, they should add a unique biker fix-all post similar to the one that has just been put on the corner of Albert and Abbott. A few of these across Spartan Village would bring bikers together when they go to do something simple like pump up their tire, or tighten their handlebars. Thus bringing a community of people with similar interests together, and also serving them a great resource by bringing it to them and saving them from having to go to the MSU Bike Store every time they need to do something as simple as inflate their tire on a cold fall morning.

  

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    Student Housing should be Affordable for Students   

  

    Author:     Kate Den Houter   

    

    Principle:     Housing Inequality   

  

    Description:     

1855 Place is a new addition to Michigan State University’s apartment housing options. Located next to the older University Village Apartment Complex and across from the Breslin Center, 1855 Place offers luxury amenities and a variety of different fully furnished apartment layouts for its residents. With prices ranging from around $800 to $1000 a month, per person, the apartments at 1855 Place rank among some of the most expensive housing for MSU students. And, while 1855 Place offers a close proximity to campus along with a variety of other convenient amenities, it is rather contradictory for the University to have student housing rent rates above that of what the average student can afford.


East Lansing is strongly shaped by the University and by the students who attend it. However, when the rent prices for the housing close to campus are too high, it forces students farther into Greater Lansing in search of more affordable housing. As a result of this relocation, the MSU campus and East Lansing is experiencing a loss of identity and community. It is imperative that MSU considers lowering the prices of its apartments to better accommodate the financial situation of most students, as being closer to campus has been shown to help students succeed both personally and academically. Students are an integral part of the East Lansing community, but if housing isn’t affordable it will result in more individuals choosing to live farther from the campus, not only effecting the culture of East Lansing, but also its economy.

  

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    Architecture and the Urban Environment   

  

    Author:     Benjamin Roth   

    

    Principle:     Placemaking for People   

  

    Description:     

Architectural stylings have evolved consistently over time. Different production and construction methods are consistently allowing for innovative materials and designs to be applied to spaces. These innovations allow for buildings to have greater structural integrity while becoming cheaper, lighter, and more environmentally friendly. With these innovations, however, comes a divergence in style, away from the stoic, collegiate nature of Neoclassical, Gothic, and Victorian stylings and towards a more sterile, suburbanite, Postmodernist look. While new forms of architectural design can be innovative, fascinating, and inspiring, we should be careful of the way with which we integrate them into living spaces.


Spartan Village is an interesting case study of urban design. Its use of angles, metal, and glass explicitly announce its novelty, yet these concepts are not applied consistently. Instead of following the same design language as the nearby Brodie Complex, Breslin Center, or West Circle dormitories, Spartan Village uses unfamiliar concepts that are not even consistent within its own boundaries. Some buildings, like 1855 Place itself, are quite modern, while other buildings, mostly residential spaces, evoke ideas of pop-up neighborhoods. Some are covered with smooth white and metallic surfaces, while others are beige, brown, and bland. The development is not overly dense, and its openness further elicits the concept of suburbia.


All of this inconsistency, coupled with the uncreative blandness present in most (but not all) of its living quarters, creates a dilemma for the development’s soul. It seems unsure of itself, more focused on the act of existing than the purpose of its intentions, and lacking staying power. The buildings have no heart and soul, they don’t create an identity for the inhabitants, and they don’t encourage interaction or population through their style. To those unaware, they don’t even naturally connect themselves with the university.


Designing places for people -- the would-be inhabitants -- with consistency, purposeful intent, and for longevity can go an extremely long way in coaxing an open, inclusive, desirable public space. Spartan Village, instead, looks like a modern, soulless place constructed for the utility of housing, rent, and profitability.

  

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    Rec Center   

  

    Author:     Makenzie Brown   

    

    Principle:     Connectivity   

  

    Description:     

Spartan village is an awesome new development that I think really betters MSU’s campus. I would not change the overall idea but instead I would add to it. With new athletic department offices now located at 1855 Place I would love to continue the idea of sports as focus point. Other Universities are way ahead of us in terms of modernity and infrastructure. The University of Minnesota has recently built an amazing recreation center that more than outshines IM West. It’s time we update our facilities to keep up with these other institutions and build a state of the art rec center.

A place for all students to come together and interact and be active other the the union would be extremely beneficial, both for revenue and community involvement. A facility that has a pool, basketball courts, track, gym, tennis courts, squash courts, etc is something that needs to happen sooner rather than later. I mentioned the varsity team offices are now located here and it would be cool if the club team offices could be gathered here too. Intermixing varsity and club sports would accommodate the good city principle that is connectivity. Even though I am an athlete and have access to the best facilities, I would be extremely excited to see a new rec center that allows this experience for all 50,000 MSU students and even the greater Lansing community.

  

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    Door front diversity   

  

    Author:     Colin Liang   

    

    Principle:      Cultural diversity facilitated by foods   

  

    Description:     

MSU has more than 6,000 international students, and the population covers countries around the whole world. The atmosphere of the campus should be a big melting pot of various religions, cultures, and backgrounds, but the reality is lines are drawn between groups of people. People are willing to reach out and to experience different cultures, but inadequate urban planning consideration by the university limits people's’ opportunity to enjoy the existence of diverse cultures. Spartan Village accommodates a good amount of international students, the prime location of the community presents a strong tie with other university facilities. The Door Front Diversity idea is to make great use of the restructure opportunity to build additional culture facilitating structure that would provide places for the different cultural groups to share their unique identities with the community. Foods are a strong presentation of a culture, people process and consume different cuisines around the globe; we can always find a tight connection between the foods and the cultural groups. I propose an International Food Market as one of the ideas to promote stronger appreciation on different cultures within the community. Different cultural food vendors could operate their booths in the market selling deli or raw produces; I picture the place to be authentic and unique and not to be corporate. The market would be regulated and operated by the university to ensure the initial intention would be strictly followed, and that would prevent the place to be fully capitalized and manipulated by the businesses. There would be a food gallery showcase corner that allows students or even local city cultural groups to have special cuisines offerings, or it could be an educational session that teaches attendees the relations of the cuisines and the cultural identities.
Ideally, the international food market idea is intended to be inclusive and it includes various food vendors to present their cultural cuisines while being lucrative. The university would be a strong support to facilitate the operation of the market, and the market would draw great attention from the students; the market would be an excellent platform for students, city residents to spend leisure time. Ultimately, it would encourage cultural groups to share their cultures without concerning being judged.

  

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    Inclusivity of Community Areas   

  

    Author:     Kristina Gerding   

    

    Principle:     Inclusion of community in a public space   

  

    Description:     

With the buildup of certain areas in a city, it is vital to include aspects that will benefit all members of a community. The Spartan Village Development project has ambitious plans to include housing, office buildings, parking, retail spaces, and an outdoor community garden space. Building an area like this will only be successful in bringing together this divided community if it is done with this goal in mind. The article by the New York Times about designing a more inclusive city states that the people behind designing and planning spaces, such as Spartan Village, have the power to either strengthen this divide in a community or to totally erase it. Decisions about the design of a space can ultimately lead to a greater sense of belonging in a community. If this element of community space remains in the design plans, Spartan Village will hopefully help to bridge the divide existing between the university and the surrounding community members.

  

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    Inclusivity of Community Areas   

  

    Author:     Kristina Gerding   

    

    Principle:     Inclusion of community in a public space   

  

    Description:     

With the buildup of certain areas in a city, it is vital to include aspects that will benefit all members of a community. The Spartan Village Development project has ambitious plans to include housing, office buildings, parking, retail spaces, and an outdoor community garden space. Building an area like this will only be successful in bringing together this divided community if it is done with this goal in mind. The article by the New York Times about designing a more inclusive city states that the people behind designing and planning spaces, such as Spartan Village, have the power to either strengthen this divide in a community or to totally erase it. Decisions about the design of a space can ultimately lead to a greater sense of belonging in a community. If this element of community space remains in the design plans, Spartan Village will hopefully help to bridge the divide existing between the university and the surrounding community members.

  

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    City Marketplace and Cultural Diversity   

  

    Author:     Kelsey Storemski   

    

    Principle:     Cultural Diversity   

  

    Description:     

The Spartan Village development plan has almost everything; offices, apartments, townhomes, parking spaces, and a garden. However, the area needs to have something unique that will personally connect it to the culture of Lansing and East Lansing. Currently, there is an obvious divide between the students and the established residents in the area, and this is primarily because the city lacks spaces that make it possible two demographics to interact. In order to improve this issue, the Spartan Village development plan should include a warehouse that can be used as an eclectic city market for local kiosks, restaurants, and businesses. This city market would be a great way for residents and students to interact with each other in a relaxed setting without the typical rush of traffic or late night debauchery. This idea would also help create jobs and additional options within the city that are affordable for people from all financial backgrounds. The market would give diverse groups within the community a feeling of acceptance, as well as a chance to share some of their culture with other locals in a united setting. The indoor environment would protect people from the outside elements and would create a safe atmosphere for kids, families, and students within the confines of the building. This market would also help connect the old and new elements of the city’s art and history and would give visitors a holistic understanding of what it means to live in the area. Tourism within the city would like increase because of the uniqueness of the market, which would help boost community involvement and the city’s economy.

  

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    Door front diversity   

  

    Author:     Colin Liang   

    

    Principle:     Cultural diversity facilitated by foods   

  

    Description:     

MSU has more than 6,000 international students, and the population covers countries around the whole world. The atmosphere of the campus should be a big melting pot of various religions, cultures, and backgrounds, but the reality is lines are drawn between groups of people. People are willing to reach out and to experience different cultures, but inadequate urban planning consideration by the university limits people's’ opportunity to enjoy the existence of diverse cultures. Spartan Village accommodates a good amount of international students, the prime location of the community presents a strong tie with other university facilities. The Door Front Diversity idea is to make great use of the restructure opportunity to build additional culture facilitating structure that would provide places for the different cultural groups to share their unique identities to the community. Foods are a strong presentation of a culture, people process and consume different cuisines around the globe; we can always find a tight connection between the foods and the cultural groups. I propose an International Food Market as one of the ideas to promote stronger appreciation on different cultures within the community. Different cultural food vendors could operate their booths in the market selling deli or raw produces; I picture the place to be authentic and unique and not to be corporate. The market would be regulated and operated by the university to ensure the initial intention would be strictly followed, and that would prevent the place to be fully capitalized and manipulated by the businesses. There it would be a food gallery showcase corner that allows students or even local city cultural groups to have special cuisines offerings, or it could be an educational session that teaches attendees the relations of the cuisines and the cultural identities.

Ideally, the international food market idea is intended to be inclusive and it includes various food vendors to present their cultural cuisines while being lucrative. The university would be a strong support to facilitate the operation of the market, and the market would draw great attention from the students; the market would be an excellent platform for students, city residents to spend leisure time. Ultimately, it would encourage cultural groups to share their cultures without concerning being judged.

  

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    Reintegration of Affordable Graduate Student Living   

  

    Author:     Clare Kiley   

    

    Principle:     Housing Inequality   

  

    Description:     

In the past, Spartan Village has been a place to house visiting scholars and their families as well as being one of the most affordable housing options for graduate students. In its prime, Spartan Village had around 1500 units in use but in recent years has declined significantly. Now only 350 units are being used, and the apartments are rundown and not worth what proper repair would cost. The current redevelopment plan, while still being fully worked out, allocates a portion of the new development for a retirement community and is considering the rest of the space to be used as office space, retail space, a hotel, and recreational space. The main problem with the new development is the forced displacement of graduate students who depend on the affordable housing that spartan village offers. Their best alternative option is 1855 place however that is still much more expensive than the current Spartan Village. This creates extreme housing inequality between grad students and where they can afford to live. Students being kicked out of spartan village that cannot afford the new 1855 place development are forced into lansing to find lower income housing; making it harder for them to get to class and connect with other grad students living in their community. People that are furthering their education and working hard for a degree that will make them important members of society should not have the concern of worrying about money and where they will live.

My improvement design is to reintegrate affordable housing for graduate students into the plan for the new development. As of now the new development has not been specifically planned out. Therefore there is some leeway as to how the buildings will be designed and integrated into the space. There are a number of places within the new development that it would be possible to add some units of affordable graduate student housing. I think the most logical place would be within the building that will house the retirement community. The retirement community is expected to have 180 living units with 24 healthcare residents. It would be possible to build a one or two story retirement facility with an additional top two stories for graduate living. The two uses for the building would be kept separate so the retirement community could feel completely independent from the graduate students with only an elevator in the lobby of the retirement facility that would be used by the grad students. That way there would be an option close to campus for graduate students that are in extreme need of affordable housing in the area.

  

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    Affordable housing   

  

    Author:     Zainab Hanosh   

    

    Principle:     Affordability and connectivity   

  

    Description:     

Spartan Village’s housing development includes a large apartment complex, office building, a garden, townhomes, a parking lot and lots of open space. The project is estimated to cost around $150 million and will be constructed on the corner of Harrison and Kalamazoo St. Although this project idea sounds like a great addition to the East Lansing area, a few improvement ideas would help it become more successful.

The improvement ideas include affordability in terms of rent and ideas for the open space. With the rise of new luxury apartments in the East Lansing area, a reoccurring issue seems to be the unrealistic price tag. By making the apartments affordable to students and young professionals, this will help Spartan Village fill the buildings easier. Its important to learn from other mistakes developers have made e.g. SkyVue, by having to reduce the rent cost $200 to fill in the 40% empty apartments.

The second improvement idea would be to properly use the open space as a place where people can connect. Including ideas such as food trucks with international foods such as Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian, etc. will help encourage people to be outdoors and connect with others, making the area a lively place to be.

  

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    Going Green and Lots of other Different Colors   

  

    Author:     Rumana Uddin   

    

    Principle:     Minority Inclusivity   

  

    Description:     

The new Spartan Village housing complex will be home to a variety of new things including a garden, parking lots, an office building, and a large apartment complex. This is going to be great for students, for their convenience and for their on campus lives. I think it opens the door for this space to be also be used for cultural inclusivity. The city does a good job at saying that everyone is well represented and adjusted and included here, but not a good job at working to make these assumptions a reality. This replacement of the old Spartan Villages can also become a replacement of excluding the minority on this campus. I think it would be a good opportunity to include spaces for minority students to voice their concerns and to meet other minority students and to just have fun.

The minority student population makes up for over 30 percent of this institution, yet many don’t feel as if we have places where we actually feel welcomed. Some of this space can be used for hosting different cultural events and parties for different cultural holidays. People will be able to comfortably speak their languages and wear their cultural attire and do what it is that makes them feel included and comfortable. There can be different restaurants with specialty in food from around the world, which can also help make international students feel like this is more like home. It can be a place of social events where people of color can come together and feel a part of something. It can also be a great opportunity to have a space that will be an interfaith setting, where people who believe in different things can come to pray or to feel a sense of spirituality. All of this will also give the campus’s white majority to explore in different cultures and learn about what it means to be an ally to these communities. This will help to make different students feel like they can embrace those differences and embrace the differences of others too.

  

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    More Colors, More Culture   

  

    Author:     Mai Vang   

    

    Principle:     Culture is KEY, The Biophilic City - Nature is Key!   

  

    Description:     

Many colors are incorporated in a lot of cultures. At Spartan Village, there aren’t that many colors besides the color green. A good way to bring this idea to Spartan Village would be through art. Graffiti art is a big part of city culture. It would bring more attention to Spartan Village and have outsiders be more engaged with this place. Another way to bring about this idea would be through plants, specifically flowers. Having bushes of flowers of all sorts of colors could bring more life to Spartan Village. A great idea would be to have a different sorts of flowers with a special meaning in certain cultures planted around Spartan Village.

  

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    Crosswalk & Talk   

  

    Author:     Carla Castillo   

    

    Principle:     Safety for the Community   

  

    Description:     

How many times have you seen people not utilize the crosswalk? Your answer: a lot. Or perhaps it’s a close answer. Michigan State University does a great by implementing these cross but sometimes they are not well maintained like the image above. Crosswalks are designed to implement safety and health, but what if it does not give the pedestrian the impression of that purpose. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, about one-thousand five hundred pedestrians died while not utilizing the cross walk correctly! That’s a crazy statistic, on something we can change as a community.

My idea is to implement art within these crosswalks. Yes! Art. Re-designing these crosswalks and beautifying not only their physical appearance but their purpose as well, will promote health, safety and community. This design can be implemented within all campus and hopefully implemented beyond the Michigan State campus. This design is beneficial because it will not only teach adolescents the importance of road safety, but the general public as well. It will not only beautify the community but there will be a promotion of safety and health by walking in the safest way!

  

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    Repurposing for Culture-Focused Shopping   

  

    Author:     Aliya Mckethern   

    

    Principle:     Culture is Key   

  

    Description:     

At one point,the area of Spartan Village was heavily populated with graduate students, families, and regular-working citizens. This village is quite known for its diversity, yet the population has been shrinking dramatically. In the sense of planning and design, Spartan Village covers the basis of incorporating nature with the complex, giving tenants a feeling of tranquility. On the opposing end, however, designers and tenants would both agree that there has been active neglect on this matter, although Michigan State University’s campus is known for its great emphasis on nature—as well as aesthetic. Nevertheless, these aging complexes are in a state of uncertainty, leaving many international students and those of several different cultures and backgrounds left feeling in the dark about the apartment’s development.


Spartan Village contains culture beyond that of an undergraduate MSU student from Detroit, Michigan. The life that this area once held, including a child care unit which has since closed, has a lot of life that is waiting to reflourish. With this blend of cultures and ideals, one thing is certain: an area, defined somewhat as a “plaza,” with a variety of ethnic food markets and restaurants, would jump start this idea of inclusivity and togetherness. What one may observe is merely a village filled with people from different countries, but there is far more to that than what meets the eye. These people have their own culture food, and experiences just as we as local Michigan students do. By implementing a committee to seek help from the City of East Lansing, community members can have the opportunity to voice their input on what stores would be best and most relatable to see included. Doing so may reel many people to return to this area, bringing life back to it. When people are given a taste of home, negative feelings from residing in a slightly less familiar area can be depleted from having a center to, in a sense, congregate and shop for the things that ease the spirit of the homesick. After all, it does take a village.

  

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    The Celebration of Representation   

  

    Author:     Carla Castillo   

    

    Principle:     Culture is Key   

  

    Description:     

Culture can never ever ever be represented enough. Days go by and culture will evolve and there will not always be an accurate representation of culture. It is our duty as a community to try to represent our culture in the most accurate way possible through events that can be established in the city, the country and the world.

The Celebration of Representation Project will enhance the beauty of diversity, and promote culture awareness. The project is designed as a festival utilized to unite people with all different types of cultures to learn and explore about the diversity within the world. According to Fast Company, the easiest way to be educated on culture is to have an open mind and simply watch. Doing such a small task can bring great knowledge and understanding of one another. A good location for this festival would be along Grand River Ave. This is the street that separates the campus from the regular pedestrians. Establishing cultural festivals is not only beneficial for the under-represented but for the represented as well, as they will gain awareness.

  

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    Everybody Studies   

  

    Author:     Carla Castillo   

    

    Principle:     Community Inclusion   

  

    Description:     

Doing work upon work is not great let me tell you that. Especially throughout college, there are always assignments upon assignments and it could be stressful for an individual when there are no places to study around besides the hall lounge. It can also be stressful when the only available places are packed with other students.There are about fifty thousand students on this campus, excluding professors who may actually utilize these spaces as well. Some of the lounges like the one displayed above, did not even incorporate any tables to create that study environment. in So what’s my proposal?
My proposal is to implement a greater amount of study areas along campus to improve Lansing as a whole. One sub-category of this project is to implement greater resting areas along the Red Cedar river. I have noticed that many students like to do their work their due to the tranquility within the atmosphere. Another thing I noticed, is that though many would like to hang there and study, it is a little difficult to do so. There is only a couple benches implemented along the river, which obviously makes it hard for the other people to study when they have no table. Implementing small details like this, will give the student community an opportunity to do their classwork without having to be within a classroom setting: “Psychologist Robert Bjork suggests that simply moving to a different room to study (or going a step further and learning amongst the great outdoors) could increase both your concentration and retention levels”.(TheBestColleges, 2018). Creating a different environment will always create a different experience for the student.

  

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    Bike Sharing   

  

    Author:     Corrin Misak   

    

    Principle:     Multimodal Transportation   

  

    Description:     

The Spartan Village Development complex is being constructed near a newly built $450 million dollar hospital as well as the MSU campus. This makes it a convenient location for residents who visit or work on campus and at the hospital for school or research because of a shortened commute. While this clustering achieves the goal of increased productivity and connection in the community, it left me wondering why they invested so much in the parking structure. It is designed to have 2,075 parking spaces while the living units will house up to 1,000 beds. This means that there are over double the number of parking spaces than there are beds for people. Reasoning that some residents will carpool, bike, or walk, why invest in an excessive number of parking spots? For a project that is already $156,000,000, it seems more reasonable to invest in a more efficient form of transportation for this community such as bike sharing.

As a resident in Greater Lansing, it is clear that biking is a preferred form of transportation. I personally prefer biking over driving or taking the bus because there are designated bike lanes and paths which help me get to where I'm going faster. The idea of bike sharing is that people can use a bike by paying a small fee and return it to another docking station after using it. This idea already has attempts of implementation in large cities such as San Francisco's Bay Area. One of the main problems found with bike sharing by locals was that this is a "cultural mismatch" and something more for the younger population who isn’t as likely to have a business to run or family to care for. This is exactly who would be becoming residents in the Spartan Village Development and it would be more efficient to allocate money towards developing the idea of bike sharing instead of parking spaces that may never be used. Richard Florida in “The New Urban Crisis” points out how "we can't make more land, but we can develop the land we have more intensively and efficiently".

  

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    Food for the Youth   

  

    Author:     Corrin Misak   

    

    Principle:     Economic Stimulus: Food Truck Parks   

  

    Description:     

The Spartan Village will be drawing in a large number of temporary residents with 400,000-square-feet of new housing, a 100,000-square-foot office building, as well as retail space. These residents will tend to be younger and staying for a few years for school or research opportunities, except their long-term economic impact will still be great. Especially in this area of Greater Lansing, it is difficult to find diverse dining options so people tend to frequent the same locations. This prevents a healthy distribution of revenue to other local businesses as well as connectivity between people in the community. This can be solved by providing something for the community that is loved by many, like food. More specifically, food trucks.

In Calgary, there are food truck parks outside of the Olympic Oval that alternate daily. There will be an allocated time period for them to park on the side of the street by the city and provide alternative options to concession food during events that are being held. This is an efficient give and take between the city, local businesses, and consumers. As a freshman at Michigan State, I often see an “Eat At State On The Go” food truck late at night behind Wilson. There is always a line for it because it is convenient and different from the normal everyday dining hall meal. This is an efficient method of economic stimulus seen in large cities like Calgary, and if it works for them then why shouldn't it work in Greater Lansing? If the Spartan Village implemented a food truck park then it would be bettering the community by offering more food options, increasing connectivity and activity, and providing more revenue for local food truck businesses.

  

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    Free Parking   

  

    Author:     Jennifer Padilla   

    

    Principle:     Free parking   

  

    Description:     

Although Spartan Village is an apartment housing complex for students to rent, it should also include a free parking area for students who don't know where to park when driving to campus. This is very beneficial for students considering that Spartan village is right by campus. This would also benefit the apartment complex by attracting a thankful vibe from students and leading them to rent an apartment at the Spartan village complex.
Students could spread the word about free parking at the Spartan village complex and soon the apartments will be very known by everybody. By parking at the complex people will get more familiar with the Spartan Village apartments and will recognize the pros of living close to the campus. Once they recognize the pros everybody is going to want to live at these apartments and not having renters will never be a problem. Students will not have to worry about parking their cars in areas where their cars could be towed or receive tickets.

  

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