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VIDEO: Celebrating the strength and spirit of a rising Muskegon

To mark the end of our On The Ground Muskegon Lakeshore series, we present this video as a celebration of the spirit of Muskegon, of the amazing people and incredible work we’ve seen throughout the area.

The Emery House Bed & Breakfast at 446 W. Webster Avenue in downtown Muskegon.

A trip back in time: Muskegon's historic homes take center stage at Nelson neighborhood tour

Some of Muskegon's oldest, and grandest, homes were on display during the Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association's Christmas tour. Along with people from throughout West Michigan, our photographer got to explore the houses that have played host to downtown residents for more than a century.

The Hackley Administration Building.

With eyes on preservation, Muskegon tackles future of Hackley Administration Building

The Muskegon Public Schools will likely soon sell the Hackley Administration Building, and community leaders are determined to see it fall into hands that will preserve the historic structure.

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What is behind the resurgence of Muskegon? Look to its growing support for entrepreneurs.

Whether you're talking about a more equitable and inclusive downtown or the city's ever-growing number of shops and restaurants, entrepreneurs are the major players inspiring change in an evolving Muskegon.

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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.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company owner Michael Brower and his wife, Alana, the taproom manager.

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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The keepers of history: Muskegon Heritage Museum brings city's vibrant past to life

Did you know many of the nation's bowling pins were once made in Muskegon? As were the first Raggedy Ann dolls? From boats and beer to engines, pianos, and paper, the vast array of products made right here in this city have made their way across the globe for more than a century. Now, the Muskegon Heritage Museum is telling the stories behind these goods, weaving a powerful narrative about the people and places who created the city's rich history.

Students in the Youth Empowerment Project are changing Muskegon for the better.

Speaking up: The voices and actions of Muskegon's youth are changing our city

Volunteering. Tackling race relations. Mentoring. Urban farming. Rehabilitating homes. The students in Community enCompass' Youth Empowerment Project are doing all of this and more. Pay attention to these Muskegon teenagers: they're creating a better present, and future, for all of us.

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Muskegon's phoenix: The life and flight of Midtown's Third Street

In Midtown Muskegon, life is good. Where once there were abandoned buildings, shops and restaurants are opening. People who left the city are coming back to start businesses. Third Street is rising.

Chef Char Morse

A changing downtown: How Kitchen 242 is transforming Muskegon's culinary landscape

Drawing chefs and business owners from throughout the region, Kitchen 242 in downtown Muskegon is quickly becoming an innovative cornerstone of the city’s growing food scene.

Angie Wasserman-Nelund and Troy Wasserman.

Living history: Wasserman's Flowers & Gifts is a story about Muskegon's past and future

The Wasserman family and their flower shop have been an integral part of Muskegon for 137 years, and the city's oldest family-owned business weaves a narrative about the history, present and future of Muskegon—about the determination, joy, hardships, and perseverance of its people.

Tameka Smith at McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm.

Seeds of justice: How Muskegon is banding together to fight food insecurity

After facing some hard truths about health in Muskegon, residents are turning the city around. From an urban farm teaming up with doctors to provide patients with fresh produce to the downtown farmers market expanding access to fruits and vegetables for low-income families, the city's quest for better health is breaking down barriers and building community.

The Pearl Mist cruise ship on its way to Muskegon this past summer.

With embrace of the waterfront, a new era comes to Muskegon

Muskegon is undergoing massive change. Major waterfront development is on the horizon, there's increased investment in the city, recreational opportunities abound, businesses are opening, companies are moving there. Why is this all happening? Look to its water.
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