Further questions on Grand Rapids standard of living

by (rachelcc)

Submitted 01-28-2014 under OPINION

Recently, in my article about the standard of living in Grand Rapids, I placed a poll for readers to weigh in about their experiences and whether their standard of living had changed in the past five years and in the past 10 years. Almost...

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Just Economics

by (DominicanCenter...)

Submitted 01-13-2014 under NONPROFITS

Just Economics: A Five-Session Process for Faith Communities Feb 03, 2014-Mar 03, 2014  A FIVE-SESSION PROCESS FOR FAITH COMMUNITIES(Offered in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters Justice Committee) Each of the five sessions below is...

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What is the current standard of living in Grand Rapids?

by (rachelcc)

Submitted 01-07-2014 under OPINION

While there have been many exciting developments in Grand Rapids in terms of culture and business, and the city is now on the list of destination cities and best places to raise a family, it's worth asking whether the average family's standard of...

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With demand rising, Food Bank issues plea for more volunteers

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 10-15-2013 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is making a plea for more volunteers. Last year the Comstock Park-based hunger-relief organization was assisted by more than 2,300 volunteers in distributing 23.8 million pounds of food. They are on track to...

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Local First challenges community to eat local

by (erictank)

Submitted 10-01-2013 under NEWS

Grand Rapids area business advocate Local First is challenging folks to take their 10x10 challenge. The challenge involves budgeting $10 per week for local food for 10 weeks. The idea is to shift those funds from where one would normally spend...

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State Street gets its life back through re//STATE

by (shannoncunningham)

Submitted 05-17-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

As much as we hate to see it, every city has them: streets that, over time, have transformed from bustling economic hubs to vast, desolate concrete waste. Their public green spaces become neglected, morphing into empty parking lots while their...

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Join us in supporting local economy

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 05-17-2013 under OPINION

When it comes to the economy, I try to pay attention to information on trends and predictions, and do my best to understand the effects of interest rates, tax incentives and the GDP. But to be honest, I have a hard time maintaining my interest in...

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Refusing to be "treated as less of a person," longtime Holland resident moves to GR

by (Until Love Is Equal)

Submitted 01-15-2013 under NONPROFITS

“What makes me so different?" asks former Holland, MI resident Ellie Frances Gramer. The question goes to the heart of the divisive decision by five members of Council, in Holland, MI, to refuse to consider an anti-discrimination...

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Pulling back the curtain on hunger relief

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-30-2012 under NONPROFITS

A collection of paper plates hangs on the wall at United Church Outreach Ministry in Wyoming, Michigan. Each plate tells the story of an individual or family who depends on UCOM’s food pantry. Some are strikingly honest — “One of...

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Proposal aims to bring casino to downtown Grand Rapids

by (jon_dunn)

Submitted 04-06-2012 under NEWS

If a group of investors across the state have their way Grand Rapids residents soon won't even have to get in the car to bet it all on black. A proposal to add a casino to the downtown area is moving ahead.  A group calling themselves the...

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