Locals in Lansing react to protests - WNEM TV 5

Locals in Lansing react to RTW protests

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Protesters flocked to Michigan's State Capitol on Tuesday -- now, the impact of the huge crowds is spreading to downtown Lansing.

Megan Linton of Lansing Township commented, "I work in the state offices by the Capitol. There are a lot more state police out. The road closures are a problem."

"It took me 15 minutes to come downtown, and I could walk to my house in 7 minutes," added Chrissy Grigoropoulos.

Lansing's public service department blocked several roads in effort to help manage the thousands who've come out. But, students at Cooley Law School, like Grigoropoulos, have finals this week and say all the chaos at the Capitol is creating more stress.

"It's horrible. The roads are all closed. We've gotten emails from the deans and professors that we better be on time and this can't be an issue, and they aren't making any exceptions."

While some of the locals aren't thrilled about all this extra activity - some area business owners are hoping it will bring them a big boost.

"It would be great for the holidays to have a big boost. All these people in town, it's bound to be good," said Cher Kiesel, owner of the Spotted Dog Cafe.  

Kiesel says organizers against the legislation stopped by to ask if they could add her cafe to their list of preferred vendors.

"They're going to distribute that list to the crowd at the Capitol. We have a sign for our door that also welcomes them, and we're hoping that they come in and enjoy some of Lansing's hospitality," Kiesel said.

Despite the hassles, people in Lansing trying to do business, work and go to school say it's good to see democracy in action.

"A little inconvenience is more than worth it for this issue," said Megan Linton.

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