The Rapidian

West Side

The mystery lot of 269 Garfield SW

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-15-2018 under NEWS

Imagine being awakened at 3 a.m. to the sounds of loud popping. The sounds you hear when there is a hail storm, but there is no hail storm happening. It is the sound of your house being sucked into a sinkhole. Krystyna Czarnopys-Sweeney was twelve...

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At this West Side food pantry, hunger relief is a team effort

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 10-18-2016 under NONPROFITS

Waverly Knight understands what it’s like to be hungry. In 2007, Waverly lost her job. Single, lonely in her apartment and trying to find a job, she began to wonder about volunteering with her West Side church, Trinity Reformed. When she...

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Walking the West Side: Harrison Park students share favorite spots in their own neighborhoods

by (Harrison Park M...)

Submitted 01-06-2016 under NONPROFITS

Harrison Park Media Team reporters talk about their favorite places in their own neighborhoods for their second article on The Rapidian. The students have been writing for their school newspaper since September and are now writing for the broader...

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West Side home prices: Blowing up or recovering?

by (pete)

Submitted 12-16-2015 under OPINION

Everyone agrees, 2015 was a crazy year for real estate in West Michigan. Why, to what extent, and how that affects our market are questions that are less processed and understood. Here, I’ll share some analysis and interpretation, to add...

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Unopposed 1st Ward commissioner prepares to take office

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 10-29-2015 under NEWS

Jon O’Connor will represent the Grand Rapids 1st Ward on the City Commission following the Nov. 3 election, in which he is running unopposed. He will replace term-limited commissioner Walt Gutowski to serve alongside David Shaffer, who O...

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Community Cleanup champions placemaking, neighborhood love, inclusive growth

by (Holly)

Submitted 05-05-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Placemaking and neighborhood improvement can take many innovative forms- from City governments creating improvements to large development companies creating gathering spaces in a neighborhood... to neighbors deciding to pick up a little trash....

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Story Matters: Alex Bullock recalls neighborhood support on West Side

by (Elevating Voices)

Submitted 02-20-2015 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. The Elevating Voices project is collaborating with 12 local nonprofits through the summer and fall...

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Story Matters: Jackie Konyndyk describes changes in her West Side neighborhood

by (Elevating Voices)

Submitted 02-20-2015 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. The Elevating Voices project is collaborating with 12 local nonprofits through the summer and fall...

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West Side booms with new restaurants, breweries

by (caithoop)

Submitted 12-16-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Recently, the west side of Grand Rapids has seen major urban development and growth for the restaurant industry. Within the past six months there has been a multitude of announcements regarding new restaurants, breweries and even distilleries...

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Rockford Construction brings New Holland Brewing Company to West Side

by (erictank)

Submitted 10-14-2014 under NEWS

On Tuesday, October 7 crowds gathered at 427 Bridge Street for the announcement of a new development initiated by Rockford Construction. The corner of Bridge Street and Broadway will be the site for New Holland Brewing Company, an estimated 17...

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