The Rapidian


Former Commissioner White withdraws from appointment consideration at City Commission meeting

Submitted 06-14-2018 under NEWS

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said the commission would confer with the city's human resource department and start an application process to fill the position. The commission also adopted the 2019 budget. Public comment centered on the rental application fee ordinance again.


Business usurps public purpose in Residential Rental Application Fee Ordinance

Submitted 06-11-2018 under OPINION

It is important that we stay civically engaged. This is an example of how injustice quietly and swiftly creeps into our municipal code of ordinances.Tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. this ordinance will be discussed at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting.


City meeting hears concerns over rental application fees, stories from Westside Cancer Crisis group

Submitted 06-07-2018 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids City Commission held their quarterly night out this past Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Harrison Park Elementary School.


Photo Gallery: Immigrant right march, vigil held for families killed, separated by ICE

Submitted 06-06-2018 under NEWS

Movimiento Cosecha GR, an immigrant rights group, held a vigil and march Saturday, June 2, 2018 for the National Day of Mourning.


Forum provides opportunity to discuss environmental issues with local political hopefuls

Submitted 06-05-2018 under NONPROFITS

Join us Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7:00 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood for a forum on environmental topics.The Kent County Candidate Forum on the Environment is a free event providing you with the opportunity to listen to, and ask local candidates about, their views on environmental policy.


City Connection: Mayor Bliss speaks to DGRI's Andy Guy about GR Forward Plan

Submitted 06-04-2018 under NONPROFITS

On this month's episode of City Connection, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is joined by Andy Guy, Chief Outcomes Officer for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. to discuss the GR Forward plan.


City commission meeting discusses commissioner vacancy, hears public comments on city fees

Submitted 05-25-2018 under NEWS

The Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Grand Rapids City Commission meeting had a lot of conversation about how to fill the third ward’s vacant seat due to Commissioner David Allen stepping down June 12, 2018.


Finding my role in the fight for equity

Submitted 05-22-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Kendra Avila, a Grand Rapids resident passionate about equity and social justice shares her experience attending the Urban Core Collective Refuel Road Trip to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and why she strives to build a community of belonging.


Former U.S. Ambassador to speak on pandemics and other global challenges

Submitted 05-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Former U.S. Ambassador William Garvelink will speak on the three global challenges facing us: pandemics, corruption and failed states.


City Connection: Commissioner Joe Jones guest during May episode

Submitted 05-07-2018 under NONPROFITS

City Connection tonight will feature Commissioner Joe Jones and a discussion on the 2nd ward.