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On the cusp of a downtown apartment boom?

Six years ago, the Grand Rapids construction boom was primarily medical and institution related. Lately, it seems that downtown is filling in with thousands of new residents. Urban living is having a moment, and developers are scrambling to keep up with demand. Rapid Growth explores the opportunities and ramifications of this new downtown residential "boomlet" in the first of a two-part series.

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After almost a decade of development, Deborah Johnson Wood predicts the future

As she leaves her development news editor post, Deborah Johnson Wood reminds us of just how far Grand Rapids has come, reminisces about her favorite projects, and predicts the future in this honest interview. 

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For local life science entrepreneur, immigration creates a roadblock

As Michigan struggles to attract and retain talent, immigration policy plays a role in allowing entrepreneurs to live and work in The Mitten. Steven Thomas Kent profiles Dr. Stanley Samuel, who has established a Grand Rapids-based life science startup and worked to develop a new drug administration technology, even as his immigration and visa issues loom in the background.

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Marco's Magic: Riolo Creative Engineering

Artist, entrepreneur, and all-around maker-of-magic, Marco Riolo is making his mark on West Michigan with Riolo Creative Engineering. Audria Larsen finds out what makes this creative tick and why he's decided to call Grand Rapids home.

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Good Medicine: Medical research collaboration booms

Grand Rapids' Medical Mile continues to live up to its name, as Spectrum Health, Van Andel Research Institute, and Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine collaborate on research. Marla R. Miller finds out why adding a "bench to bedside" research component is good medicine for patients.

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From Grand Rapids to Ghana: In developing-world healthcare market, low-tech is the new cutting edge

Local medical device startup Sisu Global Health plans to create a channel for needed technology to the developing world, while infusing Grand Rapids’ startup scene with a mentality for global impact.

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RapidBlog: No groceries downtown GR? Think again.

Downtown dweller and local foodie Marjorie Steele answers the oft-asked question of urban residents: Where do you buy groceries downtown Grand Rapids? Read on for an urban forager's guide to groceries in GR.

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Flat Lander's wants to make you a connoisseur of cocktails

Part distillery, part neighborhood watering hole, Flat Lander's brings its boozy, rugged charm to Michigan Street when it opens this weekend. Tiffany Ewigleben finds out why these locally distilled spirits come straight from the heart.

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Real, Good and Vegan: Food to live for

Grand Rapids' growing foodie culture has not only made vegan food accessible, but has also encouraged the most unyielding carnivore to consider a change of pace on their plate. Tiffany Ewigleben hits the street to report on some of the best local players in the burgeoning vegan scene.

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G-Sync: Fresh Food Diva

This week, a lot of messages out there will tell you to grab the freshness of our area's produce while you're able. But Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen discovers a fun way you can have it all today -- and later, too.

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G-Sync: A Fresh Food Facelift

It is common knowledge that fresh food can improve your quality of life, but can it give you a facelift, too? Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen considers how the local food movement is providing a face-changing opportunity in West Michigan for everyone, everywhere.

Lifestyle editor Tommy Allen recaps the best of Gsync in 2012

G-Sync: A Baker's Dozen

Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen digs deeper in 2012's backyard after being inspired by Viget.org's re-launch and finds something wonderful buried in our past.

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G-Sync: Obscene Green?

There is a movement afoot in the city of Grand Rapids and these girls are making sure you are paying close attention. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen says, "Eyes on the page, please," as he explores in G-Sync the real obscene green.

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G-Sync: A Brazen Act of Plagiarism

I didn't write "We the People," but I wish I had. These three words are still very powerful after all these centuries. This week, let's commit plagiarism for a change. Read on...

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G-Sync: Local Ballot Measure is a Real Job Killer*

What happens when you elect the right people? Well, sometimes they work themselves out of a job. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen jumps in on Local Prop 1, but also finds a connection to Local Prop 2 as well.
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