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

by (dylangrosser)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

The finalists for the race of Grand Rapids city manager got together on Monday, February 5 in the Wealthy Theatre for a forum open to the public in order to answer questions on different issues relating to serving as city manager of Grand Rapids....

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Community celebrates City Manager Greg Sundstrom's retirement

by (dylangrosser)

Submitted 01-30-2018 under NEWS

A smooth jazz performance, cheese and wine, a sheet cake with strawberry filling, and other extravagences were rolled out for retiring City Manager Greg Sundstrom on Monday, January 29, 2018 as he attended a party commemorating his successes as city...

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City Manager forum only opportunity for residents to meet candidates

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 01-30-2018 under OPINION

Current City Manager Greg Sundstrom will officially retire in February following 8 years on the job and over three decades working for the city of Grand Rapids. This will mark only the second time in the last 30 years the city has hired a new...

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We are the skyline: Reflection from our windows, our pains

by (Erica Soto)

Submitted 07-05-2017 under OPINION

We all carry within us a purpose, which gives us pride in everything we are a part of. That pride is especially present in the cities we work, live, and play in. The skylines we regularly see, buildings that stretch hundreds of feet into the vibrant...

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Voting 101: Understanding differences between wards, precincts, quadrants, neighborhoods

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids has wards, precincts, neighborhoods and quadrants. This can be sometimes be confusing. Understanding what wards and precincts are, and how they differentiate from neighborhoods and quadrants, is important for local elections. Wards are...

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Mayoral debate to combine citizen questions, co-moderator leadership

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center is hosting a mayoral debate on July 15, 2015 at the Wealthy Theater. The mayoral candidates debating are Rosalynn Bliss, Robert Dean, John George and Willard Lee. The...

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City as Muse celebrates installation at UICA

by (erictank)

Submitted 09-25-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Through many changes - buildings, locations, resident artists and programming - the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) has been a integral part of the art community in Grand Rapids for over 30 years.  "City as Muse," a three...

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Our city's landscaping: does it have an effect on how we behave toward each other?

by (Annie)

Submitted 04-07-2014 under OPINION

Do you think our environment has an impact on how we treat each other? Look around our city from corner to corner. Look at the landscaping, structures, and the people who occupy them. Do you notice if the people seem happy? Are the buildings large...

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