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Heartside Gallery expands street team to include podcast, more art shows

Submitted 11-24-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Heartside Gallery and Studio now offers online shopping, more art shows, a podcast and art making opportunities to grow support for local artists.


Affordable housing workshop to tackle development issues in Grand Rapids

Submitted 11-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

One of the workshops at the Neighborhood Summit next March will seek community input on housing policies, in an effort to create more choices and less disparity.


Black Market event to mark shift to next phase of GRABB strategic plan

Submitted 11-17-2015 under OPINION

Since coming on the scene in 2013 Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) has been working to elevate the Greater Grand Rapids community’s awareness of Black businesses and the state of Black businesses.


Politics & Pints event to connect public to local politicians over beer

Submitted 11-17-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Politics and Pints offers an opportunity for community members to chat and have a beer with local politicians. The event will be held on Nov. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Founders Brewery.


Urban agriculture and placemaking: Toward building resiliency

Submitted 11-17-2015 under OPINION

Building resiliency in any system takes time, and it comes at a cost that rarely yields rewards in the early stages. For long-term success, issues of social and ecological durability must focus on empowerment and health, not momentary fixes.


New Go In Grand Rapids app designed to help smartphone users connect to unique neighborhood businesses

Submitted 11-17-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Neighborhood Business Alliance has created The Go In Grand Rapids smartphone app as the 21st century way to reach everyone - from customer to curious - who want a simple yet cutting edge way to discover what each and every Grand Rapids neighborhood business district has to offer.


Calls to boycott Fannies Corner follow alleged attack of customer

Submitted 11-17-2015 under NEWS

The community rallied behind an Renee Ray at Fannies Corner on Monday, calling for justice at the party store near Franklin and Eastern. Ray says she was attacked by the owner with a metal pipe, and feels the police didn't take her case seriously enough.


Terra GR supports hunger relief during the holidays

Submitted 11-12-2015 under NONPROFITS

The Eastown restaurant is running a food and fund drive for Feeding America West Michigan, Nov. 15 through Jan. 3.


60 Thanksgiving wishes needed for local kids, families

Submitted 11-11-2015 under NONPROFITS

60 Wishes are needed for children and families. These are not a typical toy request but items that help provide a better quality of life.


Building equity, opportunity in greater Grand Rapids

Submitted 11-10-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

The final draft of the GR Forward plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, November 12. The plan emphasizes racial equity and inclusive economic growth.