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The 10 Trends Reshaping Grand Rapids Public Schools

GRPS is quietly building a new generation of educational facilities to elevate the level of achievement and opportunity for city students in the 21st century. Dr. William DeJong, a nationally recognized expert on school planning and a GR native, explains why the district's timing could not be better.

'Tis the Season to Shop Local

Sick of the heavy traffic, pushy people, and long check out lines at the big box stores and mega malls? Take some of the stress out of the holiday season, and find that special gift, by shopping the neighborhood business scene. Festivities throughout the city are already underway.

RG TV: Get on the Bus

The argument that nobody rides the bus has come to the fore in part because more substantial criticisms against ramping up investment in mass transit have lost their credibility. Now vlogger Andy Dragt reveals the folly of that misconception too. All aboard!   

And the Winners Are...

The winners of the 2007 Neighborhood Business Awards were announced last night - Thursday Nov. 8, 2007 - to a packed house at Wealthy Theatre. Deborah Johnson Wood brings you the results from Rapid Growth's development news desk.

Strike Up the Trolley Band

Civic leaders recently launched an investigation into the potential for a streetcar system in downtown Grand Rapids. The experience of cities like Portland, OR suggests that's reason to celebrate.

Clang Clang Clang Went Grand Rapids

If you think Grand Rapids' revival is rocking now, watch what happens when the city lays down some streetcar track. A growing band of developers, bankers, and young professionals say that will take the renaissance to a whole new level.

What Streetcars Look Like

Trolleys already roam the streets in cities like Philadelphia, Tampa, Little Rock, and Seattle. And dozens of other places are studying, engineering, or expanding streetcar routes. Could they work in Grand Rapids?

RG TV: The Road to Women's Wellville

When the doors open in summer 2008, the Women's Health Center now rising on Health Hill will be one of only a few facilities in the nation focused completely and exclusively on the wellbeing of women. Vlogger Andy Dragt navigates the bulldozers, cranes, and construction dust to bring you this footage of GR's latest medical landmark

Questions for Kevin Stotts

The czar of leadership talks about developing community trustees, what Gen X wants in the central city, and plugging young people into civic life

Wanted: A Kid-Friendly City

Grand Rapids ranked 20th in a recent survey of America's most child-friendly mid-sized cities. Can that score be improved?

The Bear Necessities

Barry and Jackson VanDyke, and their sister Heather Vandyke-Titus, believe in the power of neighborhoods. Thatís why the siblings are committed to improving them

Everything is Free

If you believe you can't get something for nothing, you've never been to the Freedom Celebration.

Mass Market

The Fulton Street Farmer's Market is one of the oldest, more abundant, and popular outdoor markets in GR. Grab your grocery bag.

Public Works Party

Attending this year's Growing Communities conference is a must if you pay taxes, drive on roads, connect to the Internet, live in a house, or simply like to bike and walk safely around town. Click here to register.
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