Lansing is the capital city of Michigan. It spans nine miles north to south, and six miles east to west. Roughly 114,000 residents live within its borders and call it home. If you ever had the time or energy to walk every street in this city, you would walk about 537 miles. You would witness the softly swaying corn fields on the south-eastern edge in the summer months, where it's evident that nearby Michigan State University agriculture plays an active part in the environment. You would be surprised to see the bungalow-style homes deep set on multiple acres near the man-made Jones Lake, on the north side. You would spy urban gardens, graffiti, and dead-end streets, with winding paths that stretch out into the woods. The bustle of downtown Lansing would draw you in with its loud sounds, monolithic government buildings, and historical statues.
You would smell QD donuts filling the foggy air on early October mornings, and see flocks of geese cluster together on the Red Cedar in the deep winter. You would hear cartoons on TVs, dogs barking, and sometimes heated arguments. Many times you would meet people out walking, some for exercise and some because they had no other way to get around.
Have you ever wanted to understand, see, and experience your city to such completeness that you knew about every event, every neighborhood, every park, and every street? Have you ever wanted to explore the areas unfamiliar to you, to see what maybe you'd been missing? Have you ever wanted to feel you're making a difference, meet people who are making a difference, and be excited about where you live? I know I did.
You probably don't have time to make your way through the city in such a way. Let me take you on this journey and do the legwork for you. While sipping your favorite beverage, on your most comfortable chair, you can experience what it was like to travel for three years through this "Little Big City," street after street. You can read about this journey of learning to walk safely, join groups, and experience this lovely city to its wholeness. You can enjoy the beautiful photographs created through these walks, season after season.
Through the City Saunter Project, a time stamp of Lansing was made. The time—2010 through 2013. An era when General Motors began to falter, causing dramatic repercussions throughout the city. A moment when Lansing Public Schools began to break. It was a time before REO Town was drawing crowds in for fresh brewed coffee and lip-smacking BBQ.
All of these finds were captured through stories and photographs. Although my journey began as an effort to help lead Lansing out of the Great Recession, it became a much bigger life lesson of community, volunteerism, and urban development.
A City Saunter Story is the book of that journey.
The City Saunter Project is the second, companion book to the story. It showcases original blogs from the project and many photographs that complement those blog stories. This photo art book will be an 8x10 hardcover book, printed on high-quality paper, in full color.
Both books will let you explore a quaint mid western town in such a thorough and meticulous way, few could ever duplicate it.
The Process. What's Left?
Each book has been edited multiple times and is formatted for self-publishing. At the end of the campaign, the hard-cover books will be printed. These books will then be shipped out to those not in the area, or to those who request shipping.
All other reward options will be fulfilled as soon as possible, depending on which category selected.
To learn more about this project, please go here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
Thank you for your support
Without your continued support for this project, I wouldn't have been able to make it a reality. This adventure is your adventure. Without so many #LoveLansing folks out there doing amazing things, there wouldn't have been a story to tell. Thank you all for supporting this crazy idea, for following it through with me, for walking with me, photographing with me, and cheering with me. It has been an amazing journey, and I can't wait for you to read all about it!
Thank you for supporting this project!
Risks and challenges
The project is complete and I am now publishing the two books. I have never self-published before, but I've been learning as much as I can. My goal is to take pre-orders and to have enough backers to then purchase those bulk orders. Any additional donations will go towards helping me purchase more books to have at book signings throughout the Lansing area, to sell in bookstores and, at small store fronts, and whatever else I might think up! Hardcovers will be available only through this process. At a future time, I will have paperback versions available on Amazon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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