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Patty Eilers, resident of the Southeast community of Grand Rapids

Rising rents & displacement: The need for affordable housing in Grand Rapids

Residents in the city's' southeast neighborhood are facing displacement from communities they have long been a part of due to the increasing costs of housing. Here, residents, grassroots organizers, and city leaders are working together to find solutions to the housing crisis happening in Grand Rapids.

Pop Pop's Gourmet Pop Corn

Kernel of an idea grows into family popcorn business under Michigan Cottage Food Law

Gene and Patricia McFarland have built their gourmet popcorn business from a home kitchen operation to a successful storefront where they sell their handcrafted flavored popcorn.


How one environmentalist is leading the charge to clean up the polluted Muskegon Lake

Growing up, Dennis Kirksey never wondered why Muskegon Lake was polluted. Now he chairs the organization that's working to clean it up. Here's how he got involved.


Aumento en la renta y desalojos: Una necesidad de viviendas accesibles en Grand Rapids

Los residentes del vecindario del sureste tienen que confrontar amenazas graves de desalojo de la comunidad que han sido parte por largo tiempo, como consecuencia a los costos altos en arriendos. Aqui, residentes, organizaciones de apoyo de la comunidad y lideres  estan trabajando en conjunto para encontrar soluciones a la crisis de vivienda en Grand Rapids.


From virtual reality to online libraries, how technology is revolutionizing education in GR

As classrooms throughout West Michigan are teaching us, technology isn't just preparing our children for tomorrow. It's inspiring them to look at the world differently today, and Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University are connecting students with the technology that's reshaping our education field—and our whole world.

Herman Lee

'This city needs to wake up': The fight for affordable housing in Grand Rapids

Herman Lee moved to Grand Rapids in search of new opportunities and a chance to start again. After being faced with challenging barriers to affordable and stable housing, Lee shares his journey of finding a place to belong in the southeast community.

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'Esta ciudad necesita despertar': La lucha a favor de vivienda accesible en Grand Rapids

Herman Lee se traslado a Grand Rapids, en búsqueda de nuevas oportunidades y una posibilidad de volver a empezar. Confrontado por barreras desafiantes para obtener vivienda estable Lee cuenta su historia de como encontró un lugar de aceptación en la comunidad sureste de la ciudad.


Eating around the world: A guide to Grand Rapids' global cuisine scene

From Ethiopian and Korean to Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants, there are an almost endless number of culinary havens in and around Grand Rapids where you can explore the world, right in your own backyard.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss at the State of the City

Racial equity here: Mayor Rosalynn Bliss calls for systemic change in Grand Rapids

Racial equity. Support for immigrants. A stronger local economy. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss addresses all of this, and more, during her second annual State of the City speech.


From hip-hop to Islam to oils: How a Madison Square entrepreneur launched his one-of-a-kind business

After a conversion to Islam, Faheem Nichols began selling oils and scents from his minivan parked on the corner of Eastern and Sherman. Now, 20 years later, what began as Nichols' side business has become West Michigan's first oils and fragrance café. 

Faheem Nichols

Del hip-hop al Islam a la venta de esencias: Como un emprendedor de Madison Square inicio su negocio

Después de haberse convertido al Islam, Faheem Nichols inició vendiendo aceites y fragancias desde una mini-van estacionada en la esquina de la Eastern y Sherman. Ahora, 20 años después, el negocio de Nichols se ha transformado en la venta número uno de aceites y esencias de West Michigan.  

James Meena

RapidChat: James Meena, Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director

Forget about Netflix. Opera Grand Rapids' new artistic director, James Meena, is determined to make people of all ages fall in love with a different form of entertainment: the opera.


Here's what success in building local food systems looks like

From education to certification, programs in the Upper Peninsula are helping farmers and buyers connect. Some of their work will soon be helping farmers in the Lower Peninsula, too.

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Down with food deserts: Incoming stores, co-op & others are changing how we buy groceries in GR

For Grand Rapidians dreaming of being able to go grocery shopping near their home, the landscape is shifting. Incoming grocery stores will soon bring big changes to the city, and existing shops are expanding their options to meet the needs of a growing population. Plus, a co-op is in the works and aims to bring affordable and healthy goods to a food desert.


Falling behind: How a Muskegon psychologist is fighting for reading reform in school

Children in West Michigan, and throughout the country, are being left behind when it comes to reading — and a school psychologist in Muskegon is sounding a rallying cry for change. 
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