LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– There are hundreds of stories about the west side and the kind of place it used to be, told by former neighbors teachers and students.

“It was rich,” former resident Barbara Davis said. “I don’t mean in money. It was rich in families, friendship. And it was just not your family; everybody there had a piece of bringing you up.”

Members of the Pave the Way project talked to dozens of people whose lives were impacted by the construction of I-496. And one things that kept coming up is how it changed school experiences for hundreds of students

“Education is such an important part of any society,” project coordinator Greta McHaney-Trice said, “and when you have educational opportunities for children and families,

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