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City commission candidates address affordable housing in forum

by (awpattullo)

Submitted 07-17-2019 under NEWS

More than 60 people attended a City Commission candidate forum on affordable housing July 11 at the main library, hosted by the grassroots advocacy group Grand Rapids Homes for All. Participating were candidates Allison Lutz (1st ward), 2nd ward...

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Unusual forum set for 2nd ward commission race

by (awpattullo)

Submitted 07-17-2019 under NEWS

If you want to feel democracy at play, then loosen your tie, take off your hard hat, and tune into a “seriously absurd” conversation at Dog Story Theater on Wed., July 31, with contenders for the 2nd ward’s open City Commission...

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Despite pressure from City of Grand Rapids, Cosecha pushes forward with a safe, non-violent, and family-friendly May 1st march for Driver's Licenses for All

by (Movimiento Cose...)

Submitted 04-30-2019 under NONPROFITS

On Monday, April 29, members of Movimiento Cosecha GR met with staff from the Office of Special Events from the City of Grand Rapids.  Cosecha has multiple concerns that we wanted to address with the city, concerns that we have brought to every...

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Tired of looking fearfully in the rearview mirror, immigrants will march for Driver's Licenses for All on May 1

by (Movimiento Cose...)

Submitted 04-22-2019 under NONPROFITS

“We all know the feeling,” say the immigrants who wish to remain anonymous. One, called "Maria" for this article, explains:  “You’re taking your children to school because they missed the bus. One of them is...

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City meeting hears concerns over rental application fees, stories from Westside Cancer Crisis group

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 06-07-2018 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids City Commission held its quarterly Night Out on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Harrison Park Elementary School. Public comments on agenda items began with Jolanda Howe from Grand Rapids Homes for All. Howe said that while she was...

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New ordinance proposal calls for Civil Rights Department, robust anti-discrimination legislation in Grand Rapids

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-13-2018 under NEWS

“The citizens in Grand Rapids are totally unprotected from discrimination, totally. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has a couple good investigators and I mean a couple,” says Lyonel LaGrone, Policy Liaison for LINC UP, a local...

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Grand Rapids City Commission hosts meeting off site for the night

by (jproth1)

Submitted 03-07-2018 under NEWS

Moving the meeting out of Commission Chambers for the night, Grand Rapids City Commissioners brought City Hall to the third ward on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 for their commissioners night out. The meeting was held at Oakdale Park Christian Reformed...

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Neighborhood organizations hold meetings informing residents about proposed zoning changes

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Neighborhood associations are worried that the city of Grand Rapids is pushing through new changes to the zoning ordinances without community engagement under the guise of creating more affordable housing. Meetings on Saturday, February 17, 2018...

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

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Neighborhood associations along with concerned citizens throughout the City of Grand Rapids are worried that under the guise of creating more affordable housing, suggested changes to zoning ordinances could take neighbor's say out of the mix on...

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Grand Rapids City Commissioners vote for reset on City Manager search

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-08-2018 under NEWS

On Tuesday night, February 6, 2018 a core number of issues commanded a majority of the meeting for Grand Rapids City Commissioners, ranging from the retirement of City Clerk Darlene O’Neal, a unanimously approved pedestrian-vehicle ordinance,...

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