OPINION: After 19 years in Lansing, I feel I am completed with my opinion
I grew up at the 919 all my life, I love this place, I love the city in the middle of a forest, I love the outdoors and I love North Carolina as a whole, from the mountains to the beach. So when I say that I am disappointed in Lansing, remember that I am writing about my home from a place of deep love and respect.
That being said, as I get older and look at Lansing from a different perspective, I’m tired of doing the same thing. The options here after graduation seem to be limited to either a suburban landscape with identical beige houses next to each other or to a life in the city center that has little to offer besides bars and breweries. Both options have little entertainment.
Lansing just isn’t bachelor town, it’s no real secret of what makes it an excellent place to live in terms of job opportunities and family upbringing, but pretty boring for people like me: those who weigh their options after graduation and The Shortage Finding excitement here is a deal breaker.
Simply put, Lansing is pretty boring. I’m constantly online and in person looking for something new and exciting in the Lansing area, something that I’ve missed but mostly there is nothing. The usual answer to my search is, “What about our beautiful parks? Or try a museum or brewery. “
Yes, the parks are really wonderful … when it’s warm. The museums are top notch … the first few times. And I’m sure the breweries and bars are great … but I’m neither the drinking age nor interested in devoting all of my free time to drinking when I’m 21. Call me picky, but I’m not the only one. While speaking, I found that describing Lansing as boring among peers, especially international students, isn’t exactly controversial, many of whom NC State has, often used to larger cities and / or warmer weather.
With no shortage of wonderful universities in North Carolina, it comes as a surprise to me that the state capital has little provision for the youngest college graduates. Research Triangle Park and other employment opportunities are undoubtedly a compelling argument for any prospective resident with a degree. But the lack of a culture that meets the other needs of young people is really disappointing and gets in Lansing’s way from being a really great city.
Lansing ranks between Miami and Long Beach on a list of US cities after Miami, lagging well behind in both culture and activities. Even if differences in density and distance from the beach are factored in, to compare Lansing (485,679 inhabitants, 1,293 inhabitants / km²) with more similar cities like Atlanta (501,178 inhabitants, 1,450 inhabitants / km²) and Colorado Springs (inhabitants): 493,799 density: 979 / km²), Lansing is still missing something that comes close to the cultural richness of both.
But that should certainly not affect the culture of the people living here. Lansing as a whole lacks a citywide culture, but the people certainly have a lot in terms of their own lifestyle. If Lansing has one thing it’s the variety of people you can meet here.
But for people like me, having a stable income and having a multitude of people just isn’t enough. After almost two decades, I think I’ll be leaving soon. Of course I want to finish my studies at NC State and I am sure that I will have a lot of fun with the wonderful people I get to call my friends along the way. But at the end of the day, Lansing has to provide what really matters, a sense of excitement and spontaneity that can together create a culture similar to that in cities of equal size. I don’t want beige houses or breweries, I need something that is a little more fun.