The Rapidian

Economy & Business

Where we're headed: What Bus Rapid Transit could mean for our city

Submitted 09-24-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

Bill Kirk, former public outreach coordinator for The Rapid and newly-appointed transportation demand manager for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., sees great benefits already starting from transportation development efforts in our city.


The Humane Society of West Michigan's 1st priority: Keep pets with their families

Submitted 09-19-2013 under OPINION

The Humane Society offers help to families with pets in need.


Million Meal March draws community support to fight hunger

Submitted 09-18-2013 under NONPROFITS

The food bank expects 500 people to take part in the 10K hike on Sept. 28.


Tell your story in the story fort

Submitted 09-17-2013 under NONPROFITS

You'll find The Rapidian setting up a story fort to collect your story during ArtPrize at a variety of times and places for their Story Matters project.


ArtPrize speaker series to engage questions of urbanism

Submitted 09-17-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

The ArtPrize Speaker Series this year includes old favorites like Critical Discourse and Shortlist, as well as events highlighting how artists interact with and affect their surroundings, from architecture to artist-run collectives.


Story Matters: Paul DeBartolo remembers Herpolsheimers, wants to live downtown

Submitted 09-16-2013 under NONPROFITS

Paul DeBartolo has seen downtown Grand Rapids have rough days since his memories of riding the train at Herpolsheimers, and wants to say thanks to those who have worked to revive it.


Head of ambitious public art projects in New York City joins grand juror team for ArtPrize 2013

Submitted 09-16-2013 under NONPROFITS

This interview with Anne Pasternak, ArtPrize 2013 Grand Prize Juror, is one of a series of three interviews helping ArtPrize visitors get to know the perspective of this year's jurors.


Planning Commission approves request to allow food trucks downtown

Submitted 09-13-2013 under NEWS

At the public hearing on September 12, the Planning Commission decided to allow food trucks near the Grand Rapids Art Museum.


GROW Microloan Program driving small business growth with $600,000 to lend

Submitted 09-10-2013 under NONPROFITS

GROW received $600,000 to loan to small business owners who need help getting capital for business growth.


Mercy Leather brands unique process, style in genuine leather goods

Submitted 09-10-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Rusty Zylstra balances customer and craft, creating individualized canvas bags, wallets, accessories and more on site at his studio.