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Social Justice Choir puts GR's culture of giving to work

Yearning to put Grand Rapids’ “culture of giving” to work advancing social justice, Claire Minnis established Social Justice Choir, a community group focused on social justice issues.

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Rapid Blog: Do you know where your clothes come from?

When you’re out shopping for that little black dress or the perfect Fall handbag, are you thinking about where those items came from, who made them, the materials used? Probably not. The ethical fashion industry is trying to change that.

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RapidChat: Kati Palmurkar

It's been over a year since we last chatted with aspiring cat cafe owner, Kati Palmukar. After struggling to obtain sufficient funds from her Kickstarter campaign, she managed to press on with help from her family and friends. As of August 17, 2017, Happy Cat Cafe became the first and only cat cafe within West Michigan.

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A changing downtown: How Kitchen 242 is transforming Muskegon's culinary landscape

Drawing chefs and business owners from throughout the region, Kitchen 242 in downtown Muskegon is quickly becoming an innovative cornerstone of the city’s growing food scene.

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Eliminating zero tolerance: advocacy, changing law and efforts towards restorative practices

For 25 years, Michigan has had one of the harshest school disciplines in the country. For students like Erica Tomas Juarez who were expelled under this "zero tolerance" policy, navigating next steps were often a difficult path. In the summer of 2017, the law was changed, allowing for open dialogue and restorative practices to be implemented statewide, aiming to prevent stories like Juarez', and keep more kids in school.

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Eliminando la política de cero tolerancia: cambios de ley y esfuerzos hacia prácticas restauradoras

Durante 25 años, Michigan ha tenido una de las disciplinas escolares más duras del país. Para estudiantes como Erica Tomas Juarez, quien fue expulsado bajo la política de cero tolerancia. En el verano del 2017, la ley fue modificada permitiendo que las practicas restauradores puedan ser libremente implementadas en todo el estado, con el objetivo de evitar que historias como la de Juarez se vuelvan a repetir, y pueda mantener a más niños en la escuela. 

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Problem solving with real-time data: The projects behind GR's Smart City status

Last month, we discussed GRand Rapids' progress toward becoming a Smart City. This month, we take a look at the projects powering that progress as the city looks to data to solve real world problems.

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Living history: Wasserman's Flowers & Gifts is a story about Muskegon's past and future

The Wasserman family and their flower shop have been an integral part of Muskegon for 137 years, and the city's oldest family-owned business weaves a narrative about the history, present and future of Muskegon—about the determination, joy, hardships, and perseverance of its people.

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Museum School fulfills purpose of original Grand Rapids Public Museum building

Dear to the hearts of area residents old enough to have spent time there, the former Grand Rapids Public Museum building at 54 Jefferson Ave. SE is awakening from a long sleep. Next fall, ninth-grade students from the Grand Rapids Public Museum School will claim it as their high school.

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A combination of things: Mixed-use buildings grow Grand Rapids

Will mixed-use buildings create economic success in Grand Rapids? The answer is complicated, and requires sound public policy, mindful of economic impact.

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Neighborhoods of GR: Eastown a hip, connected community

Diverse. Hipster haven. Former streetcar through fair. Eastown, as one of the oldest established neighborhoods in GR, is an ever-evolving, tight knit community with a rich history explored in this edition of Neighborhoods of GR.

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Rumsey Street: Leaving behind a history of sacred space

Veronica Quintino-Aranda grew up on Grandville Avenue and has attended St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church her entire life. As the building is demolished to make room for new development--Quintino-Aranda wants future generations to remember the space with reverence and respect.

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Facing a changing future, Midland reimagines its identity

In the wake of an historic merger between Dow and DuPont, Midland’s civic leaders are finding new ways to strengthen the city’s image for young talent.

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Calle Rumsey: Dejando atrás una historia sagrada

Veronica Quintino-Aranda creció en Grandville Avenue y ha asistido a St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church toda su vida. A medida que el edificio es demolidapara dar cabida a un nuevo desarrollo, Quintino-Aranda quiere que las futuras generaciones recuerden el espacio con reverencia y respeto.

James Hughes, owner and at teacher at Triumph Music Academy

RapidChat: James Hughes on Triumph Music Academy and nurturing the musical talent in young and old

"There was always this innate need inside of me to play music, even before I ever held an instrument in my hands." Professes James Hughes, owner and at teacher at Triumph Music Academy. Classed as Grand Rapid's Highest Rated Music School, Triumph welcomes students of all ages. "Music is inside all of us—we just have to let it out and share it."
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