East Lansing, MI

East Lansing is located in Ingham County and is the home of Michigan State University. The downtown is ...
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loomspah
06/15/2010

East Lansing, MI 2

Here is the simple version of Lansing/E. Lansing:

City: Both cities are blue collar and working class, mostly manufacturing based. Expect lots of beat up GM cars on the road, lack of anything upscale in shopping, lots of "cash advance" businesses, and a pseudo bourgeois class that denies any of this.

Dining: If the depths of your palate consists of hot dogs and mac & cheese, you would have no problem fitting in here. For everyone else, expect crappy sushi, watered-down Italian, chain-Chinese takeout (with gift shops of course), just bad Indian food and the absence of French, Spanish, German, Peruvian, Brazilian, Russian, ... etc. cuisines.

Nightlife: E. Lansing bars and clubs are for the college crowd with sticky floors and a faint smell of vomit. Looking for theater? MSU has some offerings seasonally. After that your stuck with the Cinema 8 or the local heavy metal bar that has belly dancing nights on Tuesdays I believe.
Lansing bars and clubs are for the bit more sophisticated crowd meaning, the local Cooley law students, government workers, and any poor bastard over the age of 25 still unlucky to be living here.

Shopping: Strip malls, Strip malls, Strip malls, as far as the eyes can see. Basic shopping, nothing fancy. It's hard to catch a glimpse of a BMW here. Kinda gives you an idea.

People: Out of towners want to remain that way. In-towners, are generally half-educated, cynical, complacent, and the opposite of urbane. College students are college students no matter where you go. The average body mass index here is over 35.

So there you have it, without BS or filler. I gave it 2 stars since I've been in active war zones in my life.





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imauser2009
09/04/2009

East Lansing, MI 3

East Lansing is great, but I wouldnt recommend using Yankee Photography.

If you are looking for professional quality photos for a reasonable price, do not use Yankee Photography. A family friend recommended her to me and I was impressed by the work in her studio, however the photographer failed to mention it came with an outrageous price. What you think you are getting and what the end result are, are completely different. I paid $1500 for what I thought was 10 hours of her time, 1,000 photos, a DVD of the photos and quality enhanced photos, however, she didn’t take the time to crop the photos, take out red eyes, position the wedding party so that everyone flowed well together, didn’t make any of the pictures unique and about half my pictures were duplicates. If you want a day to remember, take my advice and find a different photographer.

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celebrity21
02/21/2007

East Lansing, MI 3

EL used to be a place full of young humble fun-loving people...not no more. tuition has more than doubled since 2001 and now the college hosts a majority of upper-class students...gone are the kids from middle class families that made MSU such a great place...the girls are now decked out with Chanel and Louis Vutton, while the guys cant seem to get enough Hollister and Abercrombie...gone are the days where you would go to a house party and randoms
would approach you and it wasn't about how much money your family has..now, its not uncommon for students to have brand new SUVs, brand new laptops, IPODs, flat screen tvs, new dvd players, new cell phones, and what seems to be an unlimited supply of spending cash...frat boys run rampant here with mom and dad's credit card...dont get me wrong, MSU is still a good school full of beautiful women, its just that now you better have something tangible to offer them to make them smile

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cardinalfan
09/22/2006

East Lansing, MI 3

I read these reviews and had to laugh and decided to weigh in. Yeah, EL is a great college town to spend a few years of your life in, but in no way is this where you want to settle down. I am from Arizona and I enrolled here with a baseball scholarship in 2001 and graduated in 2005 and was ready to leave. Yes, I do agree that they slam local politics in your face in the press and they just pour fuel onto the fire of the problems between the permanent residents and the students. They love the controversy. This town is full of heavy fines. If you get in trouble, you can buy your way out of anything, as long as you write the big check. They love to shake daddys wallet here from the poor students with rich parents.

Also, yeah, I do agree that the people around here and Michigan in general have a limited view on the country when it comes to other cultures. If you tell someone you are from a warm-climate, flash an out-of-state ID other than the Midwest, or announce you are from California, Arizona, or even Florida, people automatically feel VIOLATED. Its like you strike a nerve with people like they are in a competition with you because you live in a nice-climate and dont have to deal with Michigans horrible weather all year. They feel as if they are suffering, you should be suffering with them or you are not a Michigander. They dont understand that every state has tons of problems and it doesnt matter if you live in Arizona or California, you may have nice weather but the cost of living is astronomical and you could never own a big house like in Michigan. This is the part of MSU that I do not like. The teachers feed fuel onto it as well when January rolls around they will be talking in a lecture hall about the forecast in San Diego and make the students feel as if they are dumb for being there. Also, there are a lot of nice people at the house parties but stay away from a bar called The Land Shark. It is nothing but the most stuck-up people that you will ever encounter.

Great place to drink, get an education, and meet a few people that you will never see again. But probably not a place you want to spend the rest of your life in.

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msurider
09/22/2006

East Lansing, MI 3

They used to have the best football tailgate in the country, but now because of the police their tailgate is average and doesn't have anything on the old MSU tailgates at Wilson Tennis Courts, Farm Lane, and before that Munn Field.

A great place to go to school, but not a place to live forever. The opinions in the newspapers around here ("The State News") are very opiniated and reading them stresses out anyone (it's like they are trying to stir up a giant arguement). There is that "students vs. EL residents" ongoing power struggle that gets really old. The parking is horrible. There are parties which are awesome for about 3 years, then you look for something else out of life. Also, people are constantly recycling here. It's hard to make friends when they are always moving. Also, the EL Bar scene can get VERY old, very fast. People also are nice here on the outside, but once the beer stops flowing, you will not see them again.

Also, I am from Florida and did my education here and you realize quickly that people from Michigan are EXTREMELY INTOLERANT of other cultures. To most people, they think "the entire South" is nothing but hillbillies and most are narrow-minded. Also, 90% of the people in EL have been in Michigan their whole lives and know nothing outside a summer trip to Cedar Point (Ohio) or Chicago. They have NO tolerance for people that complain about the cold weather. I told a few people how I missed a few classes because I couldn't adjust to the cold and they were like "that's your own fault" and started laughing and told me to "buy a coat jackass." These people live inside a shoebox and think the world is flat. Since EL ruined their football tailgates many of the kids have never been to an SEC game and think that all their tailgates are ruined by their locals too. Once you get over the fact that they are not well-rounded people and are not tolerant of non-Midwesterns, you can have a good time if you embrace the culture. I would recommend a college stay, or two year stay, but the politics, heated debates, college cliques, and intolerance of non-Midwestern cultures gets real old.

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JN_doinit
09/20/2006

East Lansing, MI 4

I used to live in East Lansing and it is a great city. It has lots of restaurants in proximity, a nice bar scene, and Spartan sports rule the land. If you've ever been to Gainesville, FL, it kind of reminds me of that type of scene except with different weather. People are passionate about their sports. The area is known as a big place for wild keg parties and a lot of good times. The people are really nice around here and genuinely laid back, unlike Southeastern Michigan, where the people have the cement-head pushy Michigan attitudes. The area has an indy-band scene which play at a lot of the bars. The MSU campus is gigantic and absolutely beautiful. The downfalls of this area are the job market and the cold weather. It's freezing cold here most of the year, but the summers are beautiful. The parking is another problem as they will ticket or tow you for anything here. If your tire is touching a sidewalk, if you park on the street past 12 am, or if you park in a dorm area, they will not hesitate to tow you or slam a $25 fine on your windshield. And a lot of areas are marked poorly which you think you could park in. And they are very strict and have parking enforcement everywhere. The city makes millions each year on parking fines. Overall, you're not going to get any Florida-type weather here, but you will get a nice summer, lots of nightlife, and a heavy sports scene. Also, alcohol rules have changed a lot there the last few years. You can no longer run around with open alcohol on public property unless it's a football gameday. So if you go here on vacation, be sure to keep up on all the recent local ordiences so you don't get caught with a huge fine. Go Green!

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