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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.

RG TV: Bowl-O-Rama

GR bowlers recently rolled the rock in friendly competition to benefit local artists' markets. Vlogger Chuck Peterson puts you on the scene at the Clique


Meet the Beetles

The voracious Emerald Ash Borer bug threatens to destroy every ash tree in the city. But it also presents a powerful opportunity to ramp up efforts to green the city and grow the tree canopy, according to Sustainability Correspondent Tom Leonard.

The Green Imperative

How can Michigan reanimate the attributes that once made it great? By taking the lead in the green economy, according to Rapid Growth correspondent Tom Leonard, who reports from the state's 12th Annual Sustainable Business Forum Conference.

Vroom With A View

With gas prices, traffic congestion, and other auto costs soaring, GR's counterculture discovers the convenience of a different motorized ride.
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