If you know Lansing, Michigan, Mayor Virg Bernaro at all, you know he can never hide his excitement and pride in downtown Lansing. But others are catching the fever as well. Even the Wall Street Journal called about doing a story on the resurgence of downtown Lansing.
The question to him was, “What’s going on with Lansing?” According to Mayor Bernero, Lansing’s resurgence happened because of a team of people who said, “We can.”
Lansing’s resurgence started, according to Bernero, with the opening of the ballpark for the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team 20 years ago. “This was one of the absolute key lynch pins to the resurgence of Lansing,” said Bernero. “And it happened because people said we can! Because people had the imagination, the guts, and determination to say we can make it happen in Lansing.”
“Something is definitely happening in Lansing,” stated Bernero. “It goes to show you what you can do with collaboration and partnership.”
Lansing Lugnuts Chief Executive Officer Tom Dickson, with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) Chief Executive Officer Bob Trezise, talks to Lansing supporters about the new four-story apartment building construction overseeing the ballpark, dubbed The Outfield, scheduled for completion by opening day in 2016.
Lugnuts celebrate reopening of Cooley Law School Stadium with a gala ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, April 9, 2014.
Read Lansing State Journal article 20 years later, Lugnuts, stadium a downtown home run.