There goes the fear

by (DowntownGR)

Submitted 10-08-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Kris Larson Downtowns across the country, including Grand Rapids, have seen a remarkable resurgence of investment and utilization over the past 20 years. National trends in population growth have since confirmed that urban areas are now...

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Spaces of Possibility: The Reimagined City

by (tfox)

Submitted 09-28-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

  “The Reimagined City” was the first of three ArtPrize lectures, examining the relationship between art, citizens, and urban environments. Tuesday, September 24, Eva Franch i Gilabert and Reed Kroloff, engaged...

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Gentrify This: An art show

by (scott warren)

Submitted 09-24-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

On Saturday, The Bloom Collective (8 Jefferson SE) will be hosting the official opening of their current show "Gentrify This: The myth of progress, history, growth & the supposed inevitability of it all."  The show runs...

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Place Unmaking

by (tlaquachito)

Submitted 08-13-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

There is a big rush to do some serious placemaking in Grand Rapids now. We were not place enough before. But just last week I had some visitors come to Grand Rapids as beer tourists. My new friends came to Grand Rapids from across the lake just to...

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Uncivil disobedience: Thoughts on recent vandalism from a former Wealthy Street business owner

by (geobay3)

Submitted 02-07-2011 under OPINION

In the wake of continuing vandalism in the Wealthy Street business district, I feel compelled to offer another take on the so-called gentrification of the area. As a lifelong resident of Delaware, I moved here in 1988 to open my first art gallery on...

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Grand Rapidians discuss Uptown as a collection of businesses and neighborhoods at Rapid Growth forum

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 01-12-2011 under NEWS

Familiar faces from the local media scene, Uptown business owners and local politicians filed into Wealthy Theatre on Wednesday evening for Rapid Growth Media’s speaker series. Originally a panel, the event was restructured as a public...

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Rapid Growth to hold open discussion on perceived effects of Uptown development

by (George)

Submitted 01-11-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Local online publication Rapid Growth Media has revised its much anticipated “Not Your Average Speaker Series: Uptown Urban Revitalization” event, a public discussion on the changing environment in several of Grand Rapids’ southeast business...

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Creating Myths in Uptown

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 12-30-2010 under OPINION

I keep hearing people talk about the effects of gentrification in Uptown but can find no substantive evidence of it. This idea of gentrification has recently caused some silly people to do some dumb things in my neighborhood. From the evidence that...

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Community Re-investment Vocab Primer

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 01-10-2010 under OPINION

 Grand Rapids has gained the attention of many urbanists, locally and nationally in the past decade based upon its successful community re-investment strategies. Grand Rapids has been doing many things right but people consistently get the...

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