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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.


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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Racial equity here: Mayor Rosalynn Bliss calls for systemic change in Grand Rapids

Racial equity. Support for immigrants. A stronger local economy. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss addresses all of this, and more, during her second annual State of the City speech.


From hip-hop to Islam to oils: How a Madison Square entrepreneur launched his one-of-a-kind business

After a conversion to Islam, Faheem Nichols began selling oils and scents from his minivan parked on the corner of Eastern and Sherman. Now, 20 years later, what began as Nichols' side business has become West Michigan's first oils and fragrance café. 

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Del hip-hop al Islam a la venta de esencias: Como un emprendedor de Madison Square inicio su negocio

Después de haberse convertido al Islam, Faheem Nichols inició vendiendo aceites y fragancias desde una mini-van estacionada en la esquina de la Eastern y Sherman. Ahora, 20 años después, el negocio de Nichols se ha transformado en la venta número uno de aceites y esencias de West Michigan.  

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RapidChat: James Meena, Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director

Forget about Netflix. Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director, James Meena, is determined to make people of all ages fall in love with a different form of entertainment: the opera.


Here's what success in building local food systems looks like

From education to certification, programs in the Upper Peninsula are helping farmers and buyers connect. Some of their work will soon be helping farmers in the Lower Peninsula, too.

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Down with food deserts: Incoming stores, co-op & others are changing how we buy groceries in GR

For Grand Rapidians dreaming of being able to go grocery shopping near their home, the landscape is shifting. Incoming grocery stores will soon bring big changes to the city, and existing shops are expanding their options to meet the needs of a growing population. Plus, a co-op is in the works and aims to bring affordable and healthy goods to a food desert.


Falling behind: How a Muskegon psychologist is fighting for reading reform in school

Children in West Michigan, and throughout the country, are being left behind when it comes to reading — and a school psychologist in Muskegon is sounding a rallying cry for change. 


UIX: Homeless youth call 3:11 for the keys to true independence

More than 2,000 young people are homeless in Kent County every night. Of those who can find a bed for the night, the following day may not be as dim. And for those who find 3:11 Youth Housing, there's a path toward opportunity, growth and change.

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Fighting for life behind bars: West Michigan advocates work to reform prison system

In Michigan, close to 41,000 people are in prison. Sharae Anderson, a resident of the Madison Square neighborhood, shares how her experience of inhumane treatment at a correctional facility has inspired her to advocate for others.

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How does Grand Rapids become stronger? By ensuring other cities do too

When growing a strong entrepreneurial community, it's often in our nature to compete for the resources we need to succeed. But, vibrant communities get even stronger when they turn to their neighbors to collaborate rather than compete — and Grand Rapids is doing just that.

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No more 'West Michigan nice': It's time to talk about race, gender & leadership in the workplace

A new research project tells the stories of female leaders of color in West Michigan, and the women's words make it clear: we must be better when it comes to fighting, and acknowledging, racism and sexism in the workplace.


Peleando por una vida después de la cárcel: defensores exigen reformas penitenciarias

En el estado de Michigan 41,000 personas están en la cárcel. Sharae Anderson, residente del vecindario de Madison Square, comparte como su historia del abuso que sufrió mientras estaba en la cárcel la ha inspirado a ayudar a los demás. 


A day without immigrants: Marching for justice in Grand Rapids

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Grand Rapids and Wyoming for the "Day Without Immigrants" march, joining individuals across the country who protested President Donald Trump's immigration policies. In our city, the peaceful procession emphasized the crucial role that immigrants play in the U.S. economy and called for the Trump administration to respect and protect our country's immigrants.
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