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Baxter

Neighborhoods of GR: Baxter Community Center celebrates 50 years

Baxter’s roots run deep, evidenced by the Baxter Community Center, a 50-year-old nonprofit that is more committed than ever to serving, living, and growing with its neighbors.

Grace

G-sync: Ripples of change happen as Marlee Grace circulates back to Grand Rapids for a year

Brain circulation (or better known as the act of leaving, learning from outside, and then (possibly) returning) is a popular emerging topic within circles trying to solve the talent crisis locally. Publisher Tommy Allen sits down with Marlee Grace to talk about her former life here, her adventures on the road, the release of her new book, and an artist residency program.

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G-Sync: Co-Housing is Personal and Community-Building

Rapid Growth's former editor, Anna Gustafson, reported on this local matter with her piece, "The search for affordable housing in Grand Rapids: How housing co-ops are making a difference" in 2016. This month, publisher Tommy Allen sits down with a community member who has been living in one of the city's longest-running co-housing residences for nearly 18 years.

Refugee

New study reveals economic impact of immigrants and refugees in Kent County

Kent County’s 50,176 immigrants contributed $3.3 billion to the county’s gross domestic product in 2016. Here's how these community members are making a huge impact on the local economy.

Cheshire Neighborhood

Here's what you've missed in Neighborhoods of GR

Over the past year, Rapid Growth has just scratched the surface of the many unique places and spaces in Grand Rapids. From Alger Heights to Fulton Heights, from Creston to Midtown, here's what you may have missed in the Neighborhoods of GR series.
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