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Rethinking sustainability: A greener Grand Rapids starts from the ground up

As environmental calamity looms ever closer in the future, building green is one way the City, local businesses, and nonprofits can work to help turn the tide.

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Neighborhoods of GR: Heritage Hill houses the caretakers of history

While some of the homes might predate the Civil War, inside them exists a young, thriving community. Heritage Hill is more than a neighborhood. It’s a symbol of our hometown pride.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Taking the 'high road' for green stormwater infrastructure

Green stormwater infrastructure is one of the most important tools we have for cleaning the Great Lakes. But paying for and managing it with public assets alone is daunting. Here's how leveraging private sector resources for green infrastructure can achieve multiple public goals.

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From lemonade stand to CEO: Six GR business leaders recount how they paid their dues

Few of us forget our first job—or, at least, the most unpleasant job we’ve had to perform. A few of Grand Rapids' successful business leaders recall their first jobs and the dues they paid to get where they are today.

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Tell us your story: WKTV seeks local oral histories

VOICES: WKTV’s community history project records hardships and successes, joys and sorrows, triumphs and tragedies, all of which reveal what has shaped locals and their families into the kind of people they are today.

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Rapid Blog: The Answer to #MeToo is Education

Registered nurse, published author, and educator Wendy L. Sellers addresses healthy relationships, consent, and communication in her perspective on #Metoo in this week's Rapid Blog.

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Fyah! Fyah! Fyah! How Tacitus Bailey-Yabani is bridging worlds and bringing Ghana to Muskegon

After going from living on the streets to becoming a famous photographer in his home country of Ghana, Tacitus Bailey-Yabani moved to Muskegon in 2014. Now, the owner of the Abeshi shop in the downtown Western Market has set his sights on changing the world by connecting people, breaking down barriers, and building communities through his art, his food, and his uplifting energy.

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Power of the people: Celebrating the heart and soul of Grandville Avenue

“Comamos Juntos,” or as titled it in English, “Around the Dinner Table,” was a shared dinner celebrating Grandville Ave. and the meaningful relationships built every day in that community.

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El Poder de la gente: Celebrando el corazon y el alma de la avenida Grandville

"Comamos Juntos," o como se titula en inglés, "Around the Dinner Table," fue una cena compartida para celebrar la series del Av. Grandville poderoso y las relaciones significativos que están construidos ahí todos los días.


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Grandville Avenue: A neighborhood confronted with a history of redlining and segregation

Neighborhoods in the city of Grand Rapids are reflective of the way income inequity and housing segregation exist in the city. Ezequiel Ramirez, a 37 year-old resident of Grandville avenue, shares the ways folks in the community are challenging these barriers. 

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RapidChat: Nanette Nunu

Nanette Nunu is not only a young African American professional, but a natural hair enthusiast. When she's not working her nine-to-five job, you will find her in front of her video camera providing beauty tips and tricks for her "Curlfriends" and subtly providing insight to her life in a city where she admits "I find myself counting, on one hand usually, the number of people of color in any environment I find myself in."

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Neighborhoods of GR: East Hills celebrates activism while tackling gentrification

In the charming, walkable, tree-lined streets of East Hills, one might think the hip restaurants or chic boutiques are the neighborhood's draw—but there is much more humming beneath the surface.

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Speak to the head and the heart: Creating connections through your pitch

Small business owners may feel like pitches and pitch competitions are high-pressure, fast-paced events, only focused on new business ideas. Local entrepreneurs prove that pitch competitions actually provide individuals with funding, networking opportunities, and free exposure.

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Where everybody knows your name: How Muskegon's downtown bars and breweries are building the city

In just a couple years, downtown Muskegon has done a complete 180. Where once there were empty streets and abandoned buildings, there's now a thriving commercial landscape. The local brewery and bar scene has played a major role in this transformation, and the city's watering holes are continuing to reshape the city and its economy.

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G-Sync: Diversify your dollar

For those folks seeking to create year-round impact in our neighborhoods, there is a new path emerging that is easier than one might think. Publisher Tommy Allen looks at the future of our economy and believes neighborhood businesses contribute to an  increasing value for our citizens. 
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