The Rapidian

Westside

Gentrification or revitalization: Which is it?

by (Andrew Sisson)

Submitted 06-28-2016 under OPINION

“Let’s be clear what we are seeing on the Westside is revitalization, not gentrification." This is how I was corrected by a fellow participant in a roundtable to inform the City of Grand Rapid’s Residential Market Analysis in...

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Westside school to host lasagna dinner to raise funds for camp

by (KatieBEitzen)

Submitted 02-16-2016 under NEWS

Shawmut Hills School fifth graders are hosting their 5th Annual Lasagna Dinner on Friday, February 19 to support their 5th Grade Camp Fund.  The students are working to raise $4500 to get all of them to Camp Manitou-Lin this coming April....

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Harrison Park students share events, programs benefiting community

by (Harrison Park M...)

Submitted 02-03-2016 under NONPROFITS

We Are Union by Trisana, age 10 We Are Union is a Facebook page that basically tells stories about Harrison Park and Union High School students. It tells positive stories about students and includes a picture of the student. When we have exceptional...

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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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Just out of reach: Housing prices climb on Grand Rapids' Westside

by (Andrew Sisson)

Submitted 12-08-2015 under OPINION

Nestled in Grand Rapids' lower Westside neighborhood of John Ball Park lies a nearly 13-acre haven, a reprieve for people like myself who had not previously thought of living in the city, let alone falling in love with it and wanting to raise my...

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Local brewery to host tree lighting, ornament event to raise funds for Westside organization

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-01-2015 under NEWS

Harmony Hall (401 Stocking Avenue NW) will host a tree lighting and ornament event called Deck the Harmony Halls on Wednesday, December 2. The event proceeds will benefit the Westown Collaborative. The event will...

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Principal of Shawmut Hills encourages neighbors to participate in Westside growth

by (SaraMelton)

Submitted 10-13-2015 under OPINION

The economic, environmental, and cultural health of a community rests heavily on vibrant public spaces and successful public schools. They are essential components of public infrastructure that take on pressing social concerns such as childhood...

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Long time Westsider works to build community as Union High School's new football coach

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 08-11-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Rick Angstman, recently hired as the new Head Varsity Football Coach for Union High School for Grand Rapids Public Schools, says his job as the football coach is not just passing along a love of football to the teens at Union- but is also a channel...

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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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