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Christopher Smit and Jill Vyn, Co-Founders and Directors of DisArt

Rapid Blog: A DisArt Response to the “Second-best city for people with disabilities”

Grand Rapids was recently named the "second-best city for people with disabilities" by Wallet Hub. While a positive designation, what does it mean? And what can we, as a city, do to better address accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities, ie., The Participation Gap?

Synia Jordan

Synia Jordan: A legacy of refusal and advocacy on Grandville Avenue

“My grandmother understood how important it was for her, as a black woman, to own property. It gave her access to mobility and most importantly,” Jordan explains, “the ability to help others who are struggling.”

Synia Jordan, resident of Grandville Avenue

Synia Jordan: Un legado de resistencia a favor de la Avenida Grandville

“Mi abuela tenia claridad de la importancia, como mujer afroamericana, de poseer una propiedad. Esto le dio la oportunidad de desarrollo y lo más importante” Jordan cuenta, “la capacidad de ayudar a los que están en necesidad."


The Pearl Mist cruise ship on its way to Muskegon this past summer.

With embrace of the waterfront, a new era comes to Muskegon

Muskegon is undergoing massive change. Major waterfront development is on the horizon, there's increased investment in the city, recreational opportunities abound, businesses are opening, companies are moving there. Why is this all happening? Look to its water.

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Creating experiences and meeting clients where they are: A.K. Rikk’s celebrates 30 years

Opened 30 years ago to meet a personal need, A.K. Rikk's is now a premier men’s and women’s boutique. Working as a family, the team prides itself on providing personalized, welcoming experiences to their clients. Serving individuals well beyond the Grand Rapids City limits, they are looking to even greater heights as they plan for the future.

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Below the waterline, above the crowd: Peopledesign helps companies change for 20 years

For 20 years, the husband-wife team behind the Grand Rapids strategic design consultancy Peopledesign has not only navigated immense change within their own industry; they’ve made it their mission to help other businesses do the same.

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40 years of the new and now: UICA was contemporary art before contemporary art was cool

"We're not putting any of our resources into preserving the past," says Urban Institute of Contemporary Art Executive Director Miranda Krajniak. Celebrate 40 years with the UICA, the cornerstone of artistic experimentation in Grand Rapids.

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Como los negocios en la avenida Grandville ofrecen la sostenibilidad y la comunidad

Vicente Velazquez Ramirez, propietario del almacén Xela, un negocio ubicado en la Avenida Grandville, realiza su jornada diaria con emprendimiento superando la discriminación racial, para establecer su negocio.

Tommy Allen

G-Sync: Listening and the city

"As I look on to the time ahead with Rapid Growth but also as a citizen of this city, I pledge to be a better listener, since it is clear that now is the time to engage in dialogue, not retreat in silence." - Publisher Tommy Allen.

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Grand Rapids is connecting to the environment, one sensor at a time

If you've ever wondered what's in the air you're breathing, you'll soon have an answer. An open data air quality monitoring project is in the works thanks to partners like OST, the Seamless Consortium, and the City of Grand Rapids.

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One potato, two potato: Grocery retail loan projects aim for food access for underserved areas

Two Grand Rapids projects just received funding from the Michigan Good Food Fund, a $30 million public-private loan fund that finances good food businesses that increase access to affordable, healthy food in Michigan’s underserved communities.

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Problem solving with real-time data: GR on the road to become a Smart City

When cities launch initiatives to take advantage of that data and that technology, they are considered Smart Cities and Smart Cities are poised to solve big problems. Find out why Grand Rapids is primed to become a Smart City and what that can mean for the city and its residents in the first a two-part feature about Smart Cities.

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Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Raising up indigenous voices of persistence on Grandville Avenue

Dominga Lucas-Pérez is a member of the community on Grandville Avenue. Here we highlight the voices of indigenous members of the community who face greater barriers at accessing basic needs due to a lack of resources in their primary language.

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Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Elevando el clamor de las voces indigenas de la Av. Grandville.

Dominga Lucas, es un miembro de nuestra comunidad en la Avenida de Grandville. Aqui, para todos nosotros es muy importante el atender el clamor de los indigenas que viven en nuestra vencidad, quienes estan confrontando graves limitantes en cubrir las necesidades basicas, ya que no existen los recursos en su idioma de origen.

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West Michigan’s new education buildings: student-inspired technology, aesthetic, and sustainability

Architects, educators, and building contractors are collaborating to create learning spaces that incorporate all the benefits new technologies have to offer while addressing children’s holistic needs: physical, emotional, and intellectual.
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