I am sitting on a bench at the corner of Grand River and Turner in the heart of Old Town. It is a pretty warm day. There is a decent amount of hustle and bustle around me with shoppers perusing the shops across the streets and the people of Lansing going on walks and bike rides. Across the street from me is the metallic “Art District” sign attached to a city parking lot. There is a shop called Polka Dots next to another named Retail Therapy. Both seem to be somewhat kitschy boutiques with a variety of creative knick knacks. About 100 feet from me is a restaurant named Pablo’s Pandarosa which smells like fresh tortillas. Across the street from that is a tattoo parlor. The sign is a fish over a ladder; the name of the parlor is Fish Ladder Tattoos so the sign displays that name accurately. At the other park table is an old man who seems to just be talking a nap on a nice day outside. He is wearing an old hat that has sweat stains over it. The hat has lettering and a design to suggest it is decades old. He has a wrinkly beard and white hair that matches the beard in color. There are people taking dogs on walks and people eating popcorn as they walk out of the specialty popcorn store down the street. With all the trees around, at least half of the sidewalks have shade coverage, which is a good thing considering how many pasty-white people there are in tank-tops. Families biking by seem to be the biggest source of traffic with stressed parents helicoptering their young children from drifting into the car traffic that they are sharing the road with. As with always in Lansing, there is noise of construction from down the street and cones marking where construction has just finished, where it is currently, and where it will be when they are done with their current project. I am in view of two free city parking lots and it is cool to see the city allow hundreds of people to peruse the cultural center of the city without having to worry about their vehicles. There seems to be a pretty good sense of community here with sponsored murals being painted and all the rooms above the shops being used as apartments for locals. Down the road is the beginning of the Lansing River Trail where I plan on walking to next to see the Fish Ladder. There seem to be a lot of people walking towards the River Trail today to enjoy the nice day. Today was the perfect day to sit outside and watch a peaceful street corner in my hometown.