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Building Grand Rapids: Part 2, growing and greening

Like many American cities that struggled to save their downtowns in the ‘60s, Grand Rapids’ fling with Urban Renewal did little to restore its place as a thriving destination. But with thoughtful and intentional investment, GR's buildings began and continue to rise to the occasion.

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RapidChat: Gayle DeBruyn on sustainability from an educator's perspective

Associate Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design Gayle DeBruyn has a knack for design, but a passion for sustainability. As the college's Sustainability Officer, DeBruyn emphasizes the importance of leading by example. "It’s not just about environmental. Sustainability isn’t just about recycling. It’s social and it’s economic."

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Building Grand Rapids: Part I, from Furniture City to urban renewal

From establishing itself as the Furniture City to urban renewal to renovations of historic buildings, GR has witnessed much transformation in its buildings. Read the first in a two-part piece on the last 100 years of construction in GR.

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One of GR's oldest construction companies celebrates 100 years

“The joys of construction are the tangible products you realize from your efforts." Craig Datema celebrates his father, his grandfather, and his great-grandfather, remembering the past 100 years of Triangle Associates.

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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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