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The City We Dream

In his 2008 State of the City Address, GR Mayor George Heartwell envisioned a city with kids in jobs not jail, wind turbines rather than smokestacks, and streetcars instead of traffic jams. Working together, he said, citizens can make that vision a reality.

Got Beer?

Home to more than 70 breweries, Michigan ranks sixth in the nation when it comes to the sheer number of beer makers per state. On February 23, the gang will descend on the frozen tundra of Fifth Third Ballpark for the annual winter beer festival. 

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Read any article ever run in Rapid Growth - from feature stories to development news to complete sets of neighborhood guides - by accessing our archives. Find the big horizontal photo at the top of this page, click on the green bar below it, and learn more about the latest and greatest on Michigan's West Coast. Or do a quick search in the handy dandy search box!

RG TV: Landing on Urban Planet

UrbanPlanet.org is an online community of people talking about neighborhood revitalization, architecture, and a variety of other issues affecting America's cities. With more than 250 registered users discussing thousands of topics, the Grand Rapids section is one of the more popular in cyberspace. Vlogger Andy Dragt introduces you to the Urban Planeteers.

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
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