This week’s Walking Wednesday took place in the Eastside, specifically Urbandale and Frog Holler. We started our walk at the Allen Neighborhood Center, who was having their weekly farmer’s market. I got to try an Ethiopian Food Sample Platter from Teff-riffic , a strawberry balsamic ice pop from MI Pops, and tried Cascadian Galaxy Beer from the Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale Taproom inside the building.
After sampling the different types of cuisine, we ventured down Allen Street to the Urbandale and Frog Holler Neighbhorhoods. Despite the heat, it seemed like everyone was outside, on their porches, playing in the street, or walking to Hunter Park. We talked to a few neighbors, who mentioned that they thought there have been many improvements to the neighborhood over the past decade. Here are some of the pictures we captured.
The primarily residential neighborhood has a diverse housing stock, and lots of parkspace.
We also made sure to check out the neighborhood’s several community gardens and urban farms. Urban agriculture is a common use of vacant land in this area, and has given the neighborhood the opportunity to grow their own food.In addition to the smaller garden lots we saw, we went over to visit visited Half Barn Farm and Foster Garden, whose land was almost completely filled with plantings.
Next week we will be walking a few blocks west to the Holmes Street School Community. We are excited to see more of the Eastside, one of Lansing’s most diverse neighborhoods.