The Rapidian


Neighborhood organizations hold meetings informing residents about proposed zoning changes

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Area Neighborhood Associations held weekend meetings to inform residents of proposed zoning changes.


The mystery lot of 269 Garfield SW

Submitted 02-15-2018 under NEWS

In September of 1965 a house on the city's west side sank into a sinkhole. Years after the sinking the land still sits empty. What is the story behind the property at 269 Garfield SW?


Examining the U.S. Defense Budget: An expert speaks in G.R. on February 19

Submitted 02-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council's "Great Decisions" series on Feb. 19 examines the U.S. Defense Budget. Are we getting "the right bang for our bucks"?


Residents complain they have to ask for backyard chickens, firepits but developers could bypass public hearings

Submitted 02-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission wants to make changes to a city ordinance allowing 'by right development" eliminating neighborhood input.


Grand Rapids City Commissioners vote for reset on City Manager search

Submitted 02-08-2018 under NEWS

February 6, 2018, Tuesday night's City Commission meeting had commissioners voting not to appoint a new city manager but to reopen the search. Northeast neighbors voiced opposition to a proposed new development in their neighborhood.


Great Decisions Series spotlights U.S.-Turkey relations: Is there trouble brewing?

Submitted 02-07-2018 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council's "Great Decisions" series on February 12, 2018 features U.S.-Turkey relations--critical to keeping world peace.


Grand Rapids City Commission holds forum to involve public opinion on City Manager candidates

Submitted 02-05-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Three finalists for city manager, Carol Mitten, Jane Bais-DiSessa and James Freed, answer questions from city commission, locals at forum held at Wealthy Theatre.


City Manager Greg Sundstrom attends his last city commission meeting

Submitted 01-31-2018 under NEWS

Tuesday night's City Commission meeting, on January 30, 2018, had City Manager Greg Sundstrom Retire and Eric DeLong sworn in as interim manager. Citizens also talked about affordable housing and the search for a new city manager.


Community celebrates City Manager Greg Sundstrom's retirement

Submitted 01-30-2018 under NEWS

Elected officials, police officers, firefighters and other community members came to say farewell to City Manager, Greg Sundstrom at the DeVos Place, Monday, January 29, 2018.


City Manager forum only opportunity for residents to meet candidates

Submitted 01-30-2018 under OPINION

The City Commission and Mayor have narrowed the search to three finalists and will be holding a community forum on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Wealthy Theatre starting at 5:30 p.m. This will be the only opportunity for citizens to meet the candidates and directly voice their questions and concerns.