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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."

Kids in awe at a display in "1001 Inventions"

Michigan Science Center exhibition to highlight Golden Age of Innovation

"1001 Inventions: Untold Stories From A Golden Age Of Innovation," which opened Oct. 7 in Detroit, highlights an era of Muslim Civilization that coincided with the European Dark Ages—a period of almost 1,000 years.

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Seeds of justice: How Muskegon is banding together to fight food insecurity

After facing some hard truths about health in Muskegon, residents are turning the city around. From an urban farm teaming up with doctors to provide patients with fresh produce to the downtown farmers market expanding access to fruits and vegetables for low-income families, the city's quest for better health is breaking down barriers and building community.

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UIX: Costume couture takes on different roles in West Michigan

Skill is important in costume design, as is the need to master a variety of techniques. Drafting patterns, draping, cutting, dying, fibre knowledge, embroidery, weaving, felting, embellishment, millinery shills, leather work, cobbler, jewelry, and couture sewing are just a few of the essentials. It takes a lot of work to craft a quality costume, and West Michigan is home to a handful of creative makers who define that standard in different corners of the field. 


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?

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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.

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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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