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The community members behind GR's tactical urban art: Temporary, permanent, and gentrifying artworks

Tactical urban art attracts new people to a neighborhood, but that can sometimes lead to gentrification. How do local artists balance the impermanence of urban artwork?

Feature Story Wyoming Band

UIX: This city-run nonprofit has been supporting community enrichment for over a decade

The Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance has been supporting and funding local initiatives that build culture and connection between West Michigan neighbors since 2011. Programs like the Godfrey-Lee band camp, Pinery Park Little League, and regional tornado preparedness efforts have all been assisted by this city-run nonprofit. The fund has been growing every year, and the plan is to give it all away.

Feature Story Jonathan Jelks

RapidChat: Jonathan Jelks on why entrepreneurship doesn't have to be a lonely road

As a true proponent for creation over competition, Jonathan Jelks — Co-Founder of GR USA, Ambiance GR, The Midwest Tech Project, and most recently, Motu Viget Spirits — confidently works with like-minded younger-generation entrepreneurs to bring diverse culture, businesses, and entertainment to GR.

Feature Story The board for the DAAC in the new building.

These two organizations are partnering up in an epic relaunch

Balancing creative expression and the need for capital, Gaia Cafe and the Division Avenue Arts Collective have partnered up to rebirth their community-loved institutions in Creston.

Feature Story El Granjero

A city in flux: Local advocate talks collaboration and development without displacement

Last month’s Building Bridges series article highlighted the continued growth and development taking place within the city of Grand Rapids as it works through its Master Plan. West Side resident, advocate, and catering coordinator at her family’s restaurant, Paola Mendivil shares her thoughts on the developments taking place and what she hopes to see moving forward.

Feature Story El Granjero

Una ciudad en constante cambio: La importancia de la mutua colaboración y el desarrollo sin desplaza

El artículo de la serie Building Bridges del mes pasado destacó el continuo crecimiento y desarrollo de la ciudad de Grand Rapids a través del desarrollo de su Plan Maestro. Paola Mendivil, residente de West Side, promotora y coordinadora de catering en el restaurante de su familia, comparte sus pensamientos sobre los acontecimientos que están teniendo lugar y lo que espera ver en el futuro.

Feature Story Chris Martinez

RapidChat: Chris Martinez on his newest role on the Varnum Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

Identifying both as Hispanic/Latino and as a part of the LGBTQ community, Chris Martinez is an evident fit for Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. As its newest member, Martinez will provide vital insights from both his personal experience and role in leadership development at the YMCA.

Feature Story Curb-cut raingardens

UIX: These small gardens are keeping our watershed clean with native plants

Small raingardens in front of homes in West Michigan are helping clean and cool polluted runoff water before it reaches one of the most critical watersheds in the area. The Plaster Creek Stewards are behind it all, and their impact is growing.

Feature Story Andrea Wallace

Andrea Wallace, aka "SuperDre," answers 6 questions from Rapid Growth

In these "Six Questions with Andrea Wallace," local DJ SuperDre shares her thoughts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and working with friends.

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RapidChat: Quynh Lai and Ben Wiley of Stock&Candor

Quynh Lai and Ben Wiley of Stock&Candor yearn for their guests to experience food in an entirely new way. The only stipulation: adventurous eaters who can enjoy all foods only. No picky eaters or dietary restrictions allowed.

Feature Story A centering pregnancy group at Covenant Community Care.

Michigan moms-to-be are trading traditional prenatal OB visits for group sessions – and loving it

Centering pregnancy groups offer moms traditional prenatal medical care, but also a social atmosphere that creates strong bonds and has demonstrated positive effects on moms' and babies' health.

Feature Story Andrea Wallace

Local DJ blends beats with business by partnering with fellow entrepreneurs

Andrea Wallace, aka "SuperDre," is back in GR after touring the country for several years. What she brings with her is a wealth of experience in both music and business.

Feature Story Youth delegate Cory Williams.

Young Grand Rapids and Ypsilanti activists gear up for International Congress of Youth Voices

The second annual event will bring together youth from around the world to learn from and network with accomplished writers, activists, elected officials, and other youth delegates.

Feature Story Suzanne Shulz

How local business impacts community growth and the city planning process

Over 20 years ago, Grand Rapids’ citizens helped create its Master Plan for development. As the time nears to create a new master plan, local citizens and business owners have a powerful voice for the future.

Feature Story Suzanne Shulz

Cómo los negocios locales influyen en el crecimiento y planificación de la ciudad

Hace más de 20 años, los ciudadanos de Grand Rapids ayudaron a crear su Plan Maestro para el desarrollo. A medida que se acerca el momento de crear un nuevo plan maestro, los ciudadanos locales y los dueños de negocios tienen una voz poderosa para el futuro.

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Growth & Innovation

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New Kent County Food Policy Council will champion good food for all


Autonomous Vehicle Initiative changing the way we view public transportation


New gardening project promotes community engagement for seniors


Brownfield approval moves forward new MSU-affiliated medical innovation building


WMSBF facility tours spotlight local strides towards circular economy


“Lunch” at the farmers market: Catering duo serves lunch and supports local nonprofit


Development

New Kent County Food Policy Council will champion good food for all


Brownfield approval moves forward new MSU-affiliated medical innovation building


WMSBF facility tours spotlight local strides towards circular economy


“Lunch” at the farmers market: Catering duo serves lunch and supports local nonprofit


Uptown tree project forges powerful partnership


MLK Park Neighborhood Quality of Life Study: Celebration announces action steps


Innovation

Autonomous Vehicle Initiative changing the way we view public transportation


New gardening project promotes community engagement for seniors


Start Garden planting seeds of diversity for future minority-owned startups


$410,000 Thrive Outside grant supports outdoor recreation


The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan


USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


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G-Sync

GRandJazzFest: The city’s largest jazz event returns for year 8 downtown

Saturday - Sunday, Aug. 17 - 18
Rosa Parks Circle, 155 Monroe Ave. NW
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Yassou!: Lemon, garlic, oregano…Opa!

Friday - Sunday, August 16 - 18
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 330 Lakeside Dr. NE
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Metro Grand Rapids: Debut of the new...that has a great beat to dance to

Open Daily (see website for details)
Metro Grand Rapids, 1901 Division S
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From small pop-up galleries to large cultural institutions to national attention-grabbing events like ArtPrize, Grand Rapids' arts and culture scene has a diverse mix of offerings that will appeal to people of all stripes.

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West FultonRead More

The West Fulton district, often referred to as the 'U to the Zoo,' runs along its namesake street from Grand Valley State University's booming downtown campus on the east to historic John Ball Park and Zoo on the west.

 

In between is a mix of popular locally owned businesses – such

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