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Space for everyone: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' new director sets sights on equity & access

Stephanie Adams, the new executive director at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, is laying the groundwork for an ambitious tenure that includes strengthening neighborhoods’ access to nature and exercise, improving green space in areas that have historically been marginalized and disenfranchised, unifying communities through parks, and more.

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Constructing the future: How construction is paving the way for a growing Grand Rapids

As the Grand Rapids area's population continues to grow faster than anywhere else in the state, construction companies and workers are some of the biggest players helping to mold the city's quickly changing landscape. In this new series from Rapid Growth, we take a closer look at the region's construction industry and the numerous organizations, trends and innovations seeking to create positive advances in our community.

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RapidChat: Beth George on how to fight sex trafficking in our own community

Whether you have no idea that it exists, or merely have heard that it is happening, the sex trafficking industry is a serious global issue that is happening before our very own eyes. You can help take a stand against this modern day slavery by supporting a business that's right here in our community. Director of Field Development at Better Way Imports, Beth George, explains.

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In a world of uncertainty & struggle, advocates give voice to parents and students

As families in the southeast side of Grand Rapids face difficulty accessing housing, meeting basic needs, and even fears of potential deportation, community leaders in the schools are working hard to provide them with resources and support. 

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En medio de la incertidumbre y dificultad, defensores le dan voz a estudiantes y padres

Mientras tanto las familias del sureste de Grand Rapids enfrentan dificultades para acceder a vivienda, obtener las necesidades basicas y aun mas, el temor a ser deportados, los lideres de las comunidades en las escuelas trabajan muy duramente para proveerles y apoyarles. 

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Sí, se puede! Grand Rapidians march to support immigrants, farm workers in West Michigan

Grand Rapidians took to the streets for the annual César E. Chávez Social Justice March, calling for the respect, dignity and protection of all immigrants and emphasizing the driving force that migrant and seasonal farm workers play in the economy of West Michigan and the country.

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UIX: Essential Needs Task Force is rethinking the way Kent County addresses poverty

When families have to choose between paying utility bills and affording food, it's hard to find hope. For the many faced with that decision in Kent County, the Essential Needs Task Force is a crucially supportive resource.

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Rising rents & displacement: The need for affordable housing in Grand Rapids

Residents in the city's' southeast neighborhood are facing displacement from communities they have long been a part of due to the increasing costs of housing. Here, residents, grassroots organizers, and city leaders are working together to find solutions to the housing crisis happening in Grand Rapids.

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Kernel of an idea grows into family popcorn business under Michigan Cottage Food Law

Gene and Patricia McFarland have built their gourmet popcorn business from a home kitchen operation to a successful storefront where they sell their handcrafted flavored popcorn.

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How one environmentalist is leading the charge to clean up the polluted Muskegon Lake

Growing up, Dennis Kirksey never wondered why Muskegon Lake was polluted. Now he chairs the organization that's working to clean it up. Here's how he got involved.

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Aumento en la renta y desalojos: Una necesidad de viviendas accesibles en Grand Rapids

Los residentes del vecindario del sureste tienen que confrontar amenazas graves de desalojo de la comunidad que han sido parte por largo tiempo, como consecuencia a los costos altos en arriendos. Aqui, residentes, organizaciones de apoyo de la comunidad y lideres  estan trabajando en conjunto para encontrar soluciones a la crisis de vivienda en Grand Rapids.

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From virtual reality to online libraries, how technology is revolutionizing education in GR

As classrooms throughout West Michigan are teaching us, technology isn't just preparing our children for tomorrow. It's inspiring them to look at the world differently today, and Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University are connecting students with the technology that's reshaping our education field—and our whole world.

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'This city needs to wake up': The fight for affordable housing in Grand Rapids

Herman Lee moved to Grand Rapids in search of new opportunities and a chance to start again. After being faced with challenging barriers to affordable and stable housing, Lee shares his journey of finding a place to belong in the southeast community.

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'Esta ciudad necesita despertar': La lucha a favor de vivienda accesible en Grand Rapids

Herman Lee se traslado a Grand Rapids, en búsqueda de nuevas oportunidades y una posibilidad de volver a empezar. Confrontado por barreras desafiantes para obtener vivienda estable Lee cuenta su historia de como encontró un lugar de aceptación en la comunidad sureste de la ciudad.

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Eating around the world: A guide to Grand Rapids' global cuisine scene

From Ethiopian and Korean to Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants, there are an almost endless number of culinary havens in and around Grand Rapids where you can explore the world, right in your own backyard.
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