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Rapid

The Rapid 25 years on: Looking back on the transit's evolution as instrumental CEO retires

In the past 25 years, the Rapid has transformed to a "1950s-style transit system" that didn't run on Sundays, to a tech-forward, sustainable, and reliable public transportation network vital to the community.

Cheshire Neighborhood

Neighborhoods of GR: What the North Quarter CID's plan means for Cheshire Village

Thanks to the North Quarter Corridor Improvement District (CID), residents along Plainfield on the North East side can expect new development in the area. Hoping for similar developments seen in Creston Business District, Cheshire Village may become GR's next destination neighborhood.

RGWaveCard

Smart transportation: The Rapid kicks off The Wave smart card for function, ease, and equity

With smart features like online accounts, capped spending, and smartphone scanning, The Wave aims to widen access and increase ease of use to public transportation.

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The future of The Rapid and the road to yes: Transit millage passes despite rocky journey

The Rapid celebrates the passing of their transit millage for another 12 years. And Though the issue of funding public transportation might seem straightforward, here in Grand Rapids, the millage question was a complex one, and now that the votes have been cast, Rapid Growth sought to clear the dust with a recap of the journey, and a hopeful—albeit murky—look into the future.

culture

Quality, not quantity: How focusing on craft culture is changing the way we drink

Pairing carefully crafted beverages with the perfect ambience and ethnically-inspired, gourmet cuisine, establishment owners are creating unique, unmissable moments. This approach to craft, well, everything, is changing GR's approach to drinking, inviting us all out for a better, well-rounded night on the town.

FTpedestrian

Is Grand Rapids walkable?: Safety, data, and the physical space of pedestrians

With rating systems like walkscore.com and articles about the city's walkability factor popping up every few months, it can be difficult to determine what factors actually make a city safe, and enjoyable, to be a pedestrian. Whatever the approach, Grand Rapids is catching on the the trend of celebrating the pedestrian, making the river city a safer place to traverse on foot.

Peter Varga

RapidChat: Peter Varga

Earlier this year, long-time Rapid CEO, Peter Varga, announced his plans for retirement in 2018. But before he says his final goodbyes, Varga reflects on his past years being at the forefront of Grand Rapids' dynamic public transportation systems.

FTspoke

The Spoke Folks: Tackling racism, sexism and classism in Grand Rapids

For The Spoke Folks, the Grand Rapids nonprofit is about far more than bicycles. It's about treating all people with dignity and respect.

WMTkelly

Let's get down to the river: GR Forward's trail initiative plans promising pathways

The Grand River is certainly a fixture in our community. Yet, we don't drink its water. We don't dip our feet in it. And many of us have never even stood close enough to its banks to even get wet. Now, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the city of Grand Rapids aim to change our access to the river with ambitious plans for an extensive network of trails near the water.

FTbiketrail

Bike on, Holland: Lakeshore trail network provides a safe & scenic haven for cyclists

Tulips, you may soon be sharing the limelight with bicycles. With almost 200 miles of trails in the greater Holland area, and plans for even more, city officials, volunteers and dedicated citizens are working together to continue making the area a major destination for cyclists.

FTbike

Life on two wheels: How Grand Rapids is transforming itself into a bicycle-friendly city

For the past six years, Grand Rapids has set its sights on becoming a bicycle-friendly city. After nearly 80 miles of bike lanes have been implemented, with more in the works, a dramatic change in the transportation landscape has led to growing pains. City officials and grassroots leaders are now attempting to navigate these challenges in order to become one of the country's best metropolises for those on two wheels.

FTgrmade

Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

When it comes to products changing the state, country and world, West Michigan should not be overlooked. This area is a hub for an incredibly diverse group of companies that have their sights set on success, and their efforts are making the globe more environmentally friendly, a better place for those battling mental health issues, increasingly delicious, and an all-around more interesting place to be.

FTdisabled

Going beyond 'just surviving': How accessible is Grand Rapids for people with disabilities?

When it comes to being a haven for individuals with disabilities, Grand Rapids still has a long way to go. However, people throughout the community are working hard to make sure the area is becoming a place where everyone, no matter their disability, can lead the life they want.

Mario Rodriguez-Garcia, Joseph Gregory, Tasha Kramarenko

UIX: When it comes to representing community, Gimmi delivers

The team at Gimmi started with delivering coffee, but the company hopes to expand its reach to local businesses of any type of product line.

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Ride your way to ArtPrize

If you love ArtPrize but hate jockeying for a parking spot downtown, see how one local family finds a better way to access the art. Ride along as Bill Holsinger-Robinson, founding executive director of ArtPrize and now vice president at The Understanding Group, his wife Kate Hunt, principle at She Does Design, and their daughter hop The Rapid to ArtPrize Seven in a special video feature.
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