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Neighborhood on display for Heritage Hill Garden Tour

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 07-09-2013 under NEWS

Heritage Hill gardeners will open up their private gardens to the community this Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $8 in advance ($10 day-of-tour), visitors can purchase a ticket that folds open into a map for a self-guided tour of the...

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Creating a fresh community at the Downtown Market

by (Downtown Market GR)

Submitted 07-02-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

The brand new, not-even-fully-opened Downtown Market is planting the deep roots that are the key to building a strong community. With a bustling line up of tenants for the approaching opening of the indoor portion of the market, and the growing...

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Grab coffee with neighbors every Friday at East Hills

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 07-02-2013 under NEWS

For over 20 years, neighbors, members of the community and city leaders have been meeting at the East Hills Council of Neighbors every Friday morning to talk about various things going on in the neighborhood and the city. The event is open to anyone...

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Downtown greening reduces crime, draws customers, adds beauty to our environment

by (DowntownGR)

Submitted 06-25-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

There are many elements that go into creating a sense of place, that strong sense of identity of character that sets one area apart from everywhere else. In downtown Grand Rapids we have buildings that are historic and beautiful. The focus of the...

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Clean up Eastown

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 06-17-2013 under NEWS

Eastown residents and neighbors are invited to brush up the business district prior to Bizarre Bazaar, the annual outdoor art and music festival. The cleanup will occur this Friday, June 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Harmony Brewing Company is...

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Lend a hand at the Downtown Market

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 06-10-2013 under NEWS

The recently inaugurated Downtown Market is seeking volunteers to help create a more welcoming and supportive experience for shoppers during business hours. Volunteers can sign up to greet and count people as they come into the market, assist...

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Build a better city

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 06-04-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

Whether it’s organizing a block party, planting trees in your neighborhood or placing a bench in front of a bus stop, placemaking can be easy. We hope it can all intersect right here on The Rapidian with Place Matters. This page is your place...

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Why place matters

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 06-04-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

Humans hunger for community. We yearn to be connected. We want to feel good about the spaces where we live, work and play together. Today, attention to remaking our places to better serve collective needs has many names: placemaking, city-building...

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Join us: Storytelling as city-building

by (jleff)

Submitted 05-18-2013 under OPINION

In the city-building world, we call people who create places "place makers." In this placemaker category you have urban planners, developers and architects - the people who make the things that create a sense of place. However, cities are...

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