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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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Small steps, big results

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-07-2018 under NONPROFITS

A new year is often thought of as a new start. For Johnny, this January has been the realization of a long-time goal. This is a special story for me to be able to share with you: the hard work and long road that’s resulted in a new type of...

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Neighbors reflect on history of mining, dumps on Westside

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Living on the westside of Grand Rapids has always had its own unique pride and challenges. There was a time before gentrification when many residents felt the westside was not important to the city. There was a time when the city used it as a dump...

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City Manager Greg Sundstrom attends his last city commission meeting

by (jproth1)

Submitted 01-31-2018 under NEWS

Exactly eight and a half years ago, to the day, Greg Sundstrom was sworn in as Grand Rapids City Manager. Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting was his last. Sundstrom announced his retirement last August. He addressed the...

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New coffee shop opens on Grand Rapids' Westside

by (jproth1)

Submitted 01-30-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

With a name fitting the location, The Corridor Coffee Shop opened Monday January 22, 2018 on Grand Rapids' westside. It's located at 637 Stocking Avenue NW in the area known as the Westside Corridor. With the resurgence of the Westside over...

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West Michigan's far-left join together to protest one year of Trump in office

by (jproth1)

Submitted 01-25-2018 under NEWS

On January 20, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the Trump inauguration, around 50 people representing groups from West Michigan's Far-left joined together on Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were there to raise awareness that they...

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American Civil War Museum CEO highlights importance of understanding history

by (jproth1)

Submitted 01-18-2018 under NEWS

Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids was filled with over 200 people on Tuesday evening, January 16th. Christy S. Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia...

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Mugshots and propaganda: Photographer learns about #J20, Socialist Alternative Grand Rapids

by (tylersteimle)

Submitted 01-16-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

This is an article about photography. But sometimes, if done right, photography is really about something altogether not photography. The gear and the shop talk and the technique of the craft dissipates and the message shines through. It's what...

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Catalyst Radio: The Rapidian highlights top ten most shared stories of the year, interviews Asian Festival organizer

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 12-29-2017 under NEWS

In the final episode of Catalyst Radio in 2017, The Rapidian's Managing Editor Kiran Sood Patel and Community Engagement Specialist Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard recap the top ten most shared stories on The Rapidian in 2017. In the second half of...

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