Little free libraries trend popping up in Grand Rapids

by (shardaisy)

Submitted 06-30-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Little Free Libraries, the practice of placing collections of books placed in a decorated storage space that are free for strangers, started in 2009 when Todd Bol, in Wisconsin, built a little red school house model for his mother. Bol was also...

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New community garden available for residents in Garfield Parks Neighborhood

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 05-12-2015 under NEWS

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) is working with several Community Partners on a new community garden at 1712 Madison Ave SE. They hope to contribute to community transformation, neighborhood revitalization and ecological...

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Community Cleanup champions placemaking, neighborhood love, inclusive growth

by (Holly)

Submitted 05-05-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Placemaking and neighborhood improvement can take many innovative forms- from City governments creating improvements to large development companies creating gathering spaces in a neighborhood... to neighbors deciding to pick up a little trash....

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DGRI to bring leading public space designer to Grand Rapids

by (Holly)

Submitted 03-03-2015 under NEWS

Update from DGRI: "GR Forward Thinking Speaker Series: Dan BIederman DELAYED** Due to a family emergency, Mr. Biederman is unable to visit Grand Rapids this week. The Speaker Series will be re-scheduled in the near future, so please stay...

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Placemaking as hospitality: How can we invite everyone to the table?

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Placemaking was not a word I knew growing up. Even though we weren't using words like placemaking and city-building yet, I was aware of the effects of place pretty early in my life. My family moved several times while I was a child, so I was...

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

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NEWS

The city of Grand Rapids will be introducing Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City, a neighborhood summit, on March 13. The first of its kind, the summit invites citizens from all over the city to come gather to discuss how to make their particular...

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to celebrate fourth annual Green Gala

by (chelsiewyse)

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NEWS

On Thursday, August 21, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) will host its fourth annual Green Gala event to generate awareness of about its organization, what new things are in store for the future and celebrate another successful...

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Visionary placemaking: GoSite to open this summer

by (GoSite)

Submitted 04-01-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

The GoSite, a collaborative project brought together by GRAM to create a fun, innovative and welcoming place for visitors and locals alike to find and share information about Grand Rapids, will open Phase I this summer in the front corner of...

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Story Matters: Lauren and Derek Sikkema reveal brewery favorites

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 12-26-2013 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. STORY MATTERS. is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV. Lauren and Derek...

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Can art actually save cities?

by (RickBeerhorst)

Submitted 09-30-2013 under OPINION

"Can Art Save Cities" was the title of the ArtPrize panel discussion recently at the Ladies Literary Club. This discussion was between the three guest jurors, Manon Sloan of No Longer Empty, Anne Pasternak of Creative Time and Artist and...

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