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Community Safety

How working with people on the streets turned me into a drug policy reformer

Submitted 04-21-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

When I dove into work with our homeless communities 15 years ago, I began to understand that another way of helping our neighbors dealing with homelessness and drug addiction is needed- one based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

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Show us your potholes

Submitted 04-14-2015 under NONPROFITS

Inspired by the City's new 311 app, The Rapidian is asking local citizens to take pictures of their potholes for their newest photo challenge in Picturesque, called "Pothole Patrol."

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Art of the Lived Experiment exhibition opens April 10

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NEWS

The UICA, KCAD and the GRAM are hosting 26 artists for the "Art of the Lived Experiment" exhibition during the DisArt Festival, highlighting the art of Disabled artists.

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Happy Hour think tank to discuss women in cycling industry

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NEWS

She Rides Her Own Way invites women cyclists to join them for a happy hour designed to discuss women in the bike industry, improving bike culture and connecting with other women cyclists.

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Community organizations work to improve bicycle accessibility for transportation

Submitted 03-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Spoke Folks, Boston Square Community Bikes and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition are all working to make biking accessible and safe in our city.

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DisArt leaders prepare reporters, videographers to help tell story of upcoming disability art festival

Submitted 03-25-2015 under NONPROFITS

In preparation for our coverage of the DisArt Festival, leaders from DisArt and Disability Advocates helped our Rapidian and GRTV volunteers get ready to report on disability with respect and education.

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4th annual Women and Environment Symposium explores environmental justice issues, solutions

Submitted 03-23-2015 under NEWS

At this year’s Women and Environment Symposium, speakers discussed environmental justice and related topics such as healthy homes and family health, inclusion and localizing food.

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DGRI to bring leading public space designer to Grand Rapids

Submitted 03-03-2015 under NEWS

EVENT POSTPONED: Dan Biederman, who revived Bryant Park in New York City from an under-used unsafe public space to the most densely-used and widely-praised public park in the country, will be speaking at the GR Forward Thinking Speaker Series on March 12.

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First neighborhood summit to encourage residents to voice priorities for their communities

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NEWS

"Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City" is the first summit of its kind in Grand Rapids, bringing together leaders and citizens with the goal of strengthening local communities.

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DisArt to train volunteers, staff on reporting about disability

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

Leaders of the festival will be training volunteers and reporters on topics such as disability politics, best practices in terms of language and perceptions, stigmas and stereotypes. Join us for this free training on Thursday night to get ready to report well.

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