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East Grand Rapids

At the turn of the 20th century, at end of a streetcar line that stretched from downtown Grand Rapids to Reeds Lake, the city of East Grand Rapids was born. This community earns national recognition for its quality education, walkable neighborhoods, stately homes, and ever evolving and vibrant Gaslight Village shopping district.


Shannon Cohen

No more 'West Michigan nice': It's time to talk about race, gender & leadership in the workplace

A new research project tells the stories of female leaders of color in West Michigan, and the women's words make it clear: we must be better when it comes to fighting, and acknowledging, racism and sexism in the workplace.

Melissa Tungl

RapidChat: Melissa Tungl on making yoga all about community, getting rid of the yogi stigma & more

Over the years, we have seen an increasing number of boutique fitness studios pop up in and around Grand Rapids – particularly those which revolve around the ancient practice of yoga. Likewise,it can be somewhat of a status symbol to even be called a ‘yogi.' Trends aside, owner of Seva Yoga, Melissa Tungl, is on a mission to root her studio in the community and make yoga a practice accessible to everyone while removing that aloof yogi stigma. 


Making Grand Rapids more affordable, inclusive and equitable: Our city's hopes for 2016

As we bid adieu to 2015 and welcome another turn around the sun, Grand Rapidians who are changing and shaping our city share what they hope will happen in 2016.


G-Sync: Getting it right - crossing lines for change

What can Grand Rapids learn from its past, and where is the city going? Publisher and Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen begins to look back, and forward, as 2015 comes to a close.

Thomas Tilma

RapidChat: Thomas Tilma

Executive Director of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC), Thomas Tilma, has been a long-time advocate for livable communities. In honor of Bike to Work Day, which promotes bicycling as an option for commuting to work, we sit down with him to discuss the importance of alternative transportation options and find out what our community is doing to help promote them.
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