The Rapidian

Placemaking

Everyone in Grand Rapids should have access to a quality park

by (Mayor Rosalynn Bliss)

Submitted 10-16-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

We are proud of our parks and open spaces in Grand Rapids and we know well the many benefits they offer. That’s why I’m supporting the 10-minute walk to a park campaign launched a year ago and working to make it a reality. The campaign,...

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A new kind of community garden

by (Urban Roots)

Submitted 02-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Community gardens are a beautiful and inspiring notion. It's easy to imagine the benefits of people working with the soil, planting, cultivating and harvesting. Yet, we have all driven past abandoned community gardens in Grand Rapids, so why...

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Rain gardens continue to flourish, transform Plaster Creek area

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 01-24-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

It is the summer of 2014, and rain has begun to fall on a hot July afternoon in West Michigan. One droplet lands on a rooftop in the Alger Heights neighborhood, running down the sloped roof into the gutter and through the downspout onto the driveway...

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WMCAT teens dedicate new mural in Burton Heights

by (wmcat)

Submitted 10-27-2016 under NONPROFITS

House of Style is a decades-old, family-owned business in the Burton Heights Business District of Grand Rapids. Despite its long-standing reputation as an anchor business in their neighborhood, owner Debra Reece saw a need to increase visibility....

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Downtown wants ideas for reimagining Calder Plaza

by (DowntownGR)

Submitted 06-21-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Have an idea to enhance the too-often uninviting and barren plaza that surrounds Grand Rapids City Hall and the Kent County Administration Building? Well, now is the time to share your idea with the community. After years of casual civic banter...

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Building four-season neighborhoods: Snowmen, skating rinks, safe roads, sidewalks for everyone

by (EHCN)

Submitted 01-12-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Winter is the season to enjoy our neighborhoods in different ways. We like to call East Hills a four-season neighborhood. What does it mean to be a four-season neighborhood? Four-season neighborhoods are active year-long; they are neighborhoods that...

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Placemaking gone digital: Local library assistant turns Eastown into video game

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 11-03-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Drew Damron is a Grand Rapids history and video game enthusiast. He’s also a local cartoonist, and a library assistant at the Grand Rapids Public Library. This past summer, Damron released a video game, The GRpg, Chapter 1, at the Grand Rapids...

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Urban agriculture + placemaking = new economy

by (levigardner1)

Submitted 10-06-2015 under OPINION

Drive through the city to see abandoned lots with a “For Sale” sign, and you are faced with a fascinating conundrum. Inquire from a real estate agency the value of that property and they will de facto respond with its financial value....

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Nomadic placemaking: Art designed to help communities see future potential

by (tclinton)

Submitted 10-06-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

We frequently use the term "nomadic" to describe SiTE:LAB. I love that word choice because it makes it clear that our business model of moving from place to place is a conscious choice. The most frequent questions I get asked by visitors...

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ArtPrize visits Burning Man

by (kevinbuist)

Submitted 09-29-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Burning Man is an experiment in urban design that is impractical, unsustainable and a little insane- all of of which are precisely what make it so valuable. The 30 year old annual festival is one part rave, one part temporary hippie commune, one...

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