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South Division

With the addition of Michigan's first Bus Rapid Transit line, and the rich cultural diversity of surrounding neighborhoods, the South Division corridor holds promise as an up and coming place to call home.



A city for everyone: Changing what development means for Grand Rapids in 2017

From a dramatically different riverfront that’s meant to transform the city into an “urban playground for all ages” to a massive downtown theater complex and city-led talks centering around affordable housing and displacement, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty monumental year for development in Grand Rapids.

South Division

City sets sights on equitable development for S. Division, Burton Heights & Grandville Ave

The city of Grand Rapids is aiming to develop South Division, Burton Heights, and Grandville Avenue into a Corridor Improvement District. To address gentrification and displacement, city officials are in the process of creating a plan with the community through the lens of equity. 

Urban Roots

Showing up: Join us to discover what we can learn from leaders in Burton Heights & Garfield Park

On The Ground Grand Rapids invites you to help us celebrate the incredible work being done by the residents, advocates and other leaders in the Burton Heights and Garfield Park neighborhoods during a community conversation this Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Samantha Orozco

In underserved communities, providers tackle barriers to health care through empowerment & advocacy

Faced by systems of oppression, many residents of Burton Heights are denied access to affordable health care resources due to lack of documentation, employment and availability of services. To address this, health care workers are giving their all to providing options for residents in marginalized areas.


The strength of South Division: Working class forms the avenue's backbone

Despite being responsible for the success of the businesses along South Division, the working class is faced with little room to advocate for financial freedom and equitable access to opportunities. 
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