Beautifying downtown Lansing one flower basket at a time

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A sure sign of summer is when downtowns get spruced up with flowers hanging from light posts.

Last year in downtown Lansing, 34 hanging baskets were put up. But this year, 76 flower baskets are adorning the light poles.

You can see these on Washington Square from Lenawee St. to Ottawa St., and on Michigan Ave. from Capitol Ave. to the train tracks just east of Pere Marquette through mid-September.

It's part of a downtown Lansing beautification project of the Public Spaces Committee of Downtown Lansing Inc.

Fifty-four local businesses and organizations have sponsored the baskets and will be recognized with a nameplate accompanying the flowers.

Here are the sponsors:
Basket sponsors include: LEPFA (8 baskets), Gillespie Group (5), American Red Cross (5), Lansing Lugnuts (3), Lansing State Journal (2), The Nuthouse (2), Capital Area District Libraries (2), CATA (2), First National Bank of Michigan (2), Insty-Prints, Eyde Company, The Peanut Shop, McClelland & Anderson, City of Lansing Parking Services, Strange Matter Coffee, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Arendsen Jewelers, Great Lakes Window Cleaning, Zoup!, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, The Gillespie Company, Loomis Law, American Fifth Spirits, Weston’s Kewpee Burger, M3 Group, Michigan Restaurant Association, The Exchange, Omar’s Showbar, Duke’s Saloon, Taps 25, Michigan Retailers Association, Acuitas, LLC, Independence Village of Grand Ledge, Radisson, the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, MSUFCU, BIGGBY Ottawa, McAlvey Merchant, Impression 5 Science Center, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, Linn & Owen Jewelers, Bowdie’s Chophouse, Sultan’s Express, Comerica Bank, Fraser Trebilcock, Cottage Inn Pizza, Michigan Association of Counties, Craig Corey Vacations, Lansing Community College, Dyras Dental, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Paramount Coffee and Lake State Lawn & Landscaping.