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Augmented reality: How technology is revolutionizing the world of construction

As Grand Rapids' skyline is forged higher and wider, construction firms, developers and designers are improving how they work with each new building. 

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A city for everyone: Changing what development means for Grand Rapids in 2017

From a dramatically different riverfront that’s meant to transform the city into an “urban playground for all ages” to a massive downtown theater complex and city-led talks centering around affordable housing and displacement, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty monumental year for development in Grand Rapids.

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From coffee and cosplay to food trucks and film: Reasons to love Grand Rapids in 2017

Internationally acclaimed filmmakers. Embracing our immigrant communities. An ever-growing music scene. Happiness in a cup (seriously). There are more reasons than ever to love, and explore, Grand Rapids in 2017.

Coleen Davis

UIX: With donated wheelchairs, Alternatives in Motion brings mobility to Grand Rapids

For those fortunate enough to live in West Michigan, Alternatives in Motion can restore freedom where it's been restricted. Led by Executive Director Coleen Davis, AIM provides wheelchairs, mobility equipment and repair services to those in the community who couldn't otherwise afford it. 

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A center for culture, a home for history: New museum lifts voices of GR's African American community

The Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives is making an indelible mark on the city by showcasing and honoring the rich history and incredible contributions of the African American community in West Michigan.

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Parks, peas and potential: The best of Michigan Nightlight 2016

Before we launch into another year of stories about the issues, people and programs that impact Grand Rapids' children, we wanted to revisit the best-read 2016 Michigan Nightlight stories from Rapid Growth.

Illustration of a mastodon in Michigan.

Why does Michigan have a thumb?

It wouldn't be much of a mitten without a thumb. But exactly how did our fair state's opposable digit come to fruition? Take a dive into our state's geological history.

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Happy holidays and see you in 2017!

To mark the end of 2016, Rapid Growth takes a look back at our most-read stories of the year.

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With eyes on reform & empathy, GR educators call for change to standardized tests for ELL students

Grand Rapids educators and researchers are calling on the state to rethink their approach to the way standardized testing is conducted for English language learners.

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Say what? Talking to kids about race doesn't have to be daunting

Parents, caregivers and early childhood educators play an important role in helping young children form healthy racial identities and attitudes toward others. But for many adults, talking to kids about race can be uncomfortable. The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance's 'Talking to Kids About Race' workshops empower adults to address the topic that helps children learn to respect and value themselves and others for their own unique racial and ethnic backgrounds while celebrating diversity and encouraging inclusion.

Bailey Farm

Technology turns farming into a high precision business that protects environment, controls costs

Technology adds a level of precision to farming that has not been seen before. 

RCsongco

RapidChat: Jeffrey Songco on making the leap from San Fran to GR, pushing boundaries with art & more

Five years after his very first ArtPrize competition, artist Jeffrey Songco took the leap and moved to Grand Rapids this past fall. An artist who was raised in New Jersey by immigrant Filipino parents, his artwork explores, as he describes, "a narrative of an anxious American guy celebrating a contemporary world of multiple identities." His work has taken him all over, but after being inspired by the people he met while participating in ArtPrize, he knew this city is where he wanted to start putting down some roots.

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Gateway to creation: GR's Maker Movement gives space & tools to bring inventors' ideas to life

For independent inventors, it can be difficult accessing the necessary space and tools to make their ideas become a reality. Here in Grand Rapids, however, older and newer groups alike are providing 'makerspaces' for these individuals throughout the city, and GR is increasingly proving to be fertile ground for our city's inventors, designers and tinkerers.

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G-Sync: Hungry for change in the New Year

In his last editorial of 2016, Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen ponders what is happening at the city level as national headlines shock and awe readers. 

Anissa and Jermale Eddie

Shop for Good: How you can support businesses owned by people of color, women and veterans

Do you shop at places that align with your values? One Grand Rapids woman is trying to make it easier for you to do so with an electronic directory of businesses that are owned by women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, veterans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and Native Americans.
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