East Lansing is a major city, directly east of Lansing, in Ingham County. The city's downtown area is centered around Grand River Avenue, a wide, tree-lined boulevard that connects Lansing to Detroit. Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue generally serve as a dividing line between the Michigan State University and the rest of the city. Downtown East Lansing is lined with many college-oriented businesses, such as bars, restaurants, and bookstores.
East Lansing has more than 25 neighborhoods, many of which have neighborhood associations that sponsor social events, attend to neighborhood issues, and often advocate for neighborhood interests in meetings of the City Council and city commissions. A section of the city has been designated a Historic District, and a Historic District Commission has been established by the City Council. In addition, many landmark structures in the older neighborhoods have been identified within a Landmark Structures Historic District.