Candidates answer citizen questions on economy, talent retention, Airbnb, transportation

by (Holly)

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NEWS

With local citizens headed to the polls on Tuesday, August 4 to select their choice for Grand Rapids’ next mayor, we’re bringing more responses from the candidates to our citizen questions. Many citizens had questions about the local...

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ArtPrize gives official vote of support for sharing economy

by (ArtPrize)

Submitted 06-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

Dear Planning Commissioners,  On behalf of the Artprize organization, | am writing to offer my wholehearted support and endorsement of the homesharing economy in Grand Rapids. In fact, through the Artprize Artist Hosting program, we've...

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In support of shareable cities: residents and local leaders Paul and Rachel Lee support homesharing

by (Rachel Lee)

Submitted 06-11-2014 under OPINION

Editor's note: Rachel and Paul Lee, siblings living and working in the Uptown area of Grand Rapids, both asked to be able to share their letters to our City Commissioners in a public manner on The Rapidian's platform. Rachel Lee, Director of...

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Commission debate over Airbnb continues

by (NicoleGR)

Submitted 11-15-2013 under NEWS

Recent debate in Grand Rapids has centered around Airbnb, a website that connects visitors in Grand Rapids with homeowners who rent a room in their home. This debated topic helped to encourage a full room at the City Commission public hearing on...

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Share on: Airbnb hosts face challenge with City Commission

by (Erica Curry VanEe)

Submitted 11-07-2013 under OPINION

On October 22, the City Commission had planned to vote on a proposed ordinance change that would make it illegal to advertise home-sharing on sites like Airbnb without a costly business license and permit. Following an outpouring of community...

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