The Rapidian

Government & Politics

Interfaith, civic organizations unite to sponsor conversation on welcoming refugees

Submitted 03-01-2016 under NONPROFITS

Welcoming Refugees: Do Unto Other - A Conversation on Community Engagement will take place at Cathedral Square on March 8.


Heritage Hill Neighborhood to lose protection of historic property if bills pass in Lansing

Submitted 02-23-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Companion bills proposed in the Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives will jeopardize historic properties and districts like Heritage Hill if it is not stopped.


Join me in making history: Grand Rapids' new mayor pens letter to citizens at start of term

Submitted 02-09-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss encourages Grand Rapidians to partner with her in making Grand Rapids a more vibrant, effective and inclusive city.


Mayor Bliss answers questions live on first City Connection appearance

Submitted 02-08-2016 under NONPROFITS

Addressing conversations about policy and community relations, affordable housing and other citizen questions live on Monday night, Mayor Bliss took over City Connection on GRTV and The Rapidian this Monday, February 8.


Mayor Rosalynn Bliss tackles racial disparity, affordable housing in first City Address

Submitted 02-04-2016 under NEWS

Grand Rapids' new mayor set out an ambitious list of goals addressing racial disparity, housing and environmental sustainability in her first State of the City Address.


Mayor Bliss to hold neighborhood listening meetings following State of the City address

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NEWS

Citizens are invited to meetings at three GRPS schools to ask the mayor questions, express concerns and discuss the State of the City. Video if the State of the City address is included in this article.


Local Westside school collecting water for Flint Public Schools

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NEWS

Harrison Park Elementary students and staff are collecting bottled water to send to the schools in Flint to help with the water crisis.


Mayor Bliss to outline opportunities at first State of the City Address next Tuesday

Submitted 01-28-2016 under NONPROFITS

Mayor Bliss will be presenting her first State of the City Address at the Harris Building, and streaming it live online. The address will focus on neighborhoods, economic growth, environment and public safety.


Co-founder of Black Lives Matter to speak at GVSU, simulcast in downtown Grand Rapids

Submitted 01-19-2016 under NEWS

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization, will direct a workshop and deliver a keynote as a part of GVSU's MLK Commemoration Week.


Local urban sociology professor explains concerns about Heartside, gentrification

Submitted 12-29-2015 under OPINION

A walk down South Division with Joel Stillerman highlights the changing demographics of Heartside Neighborhood, as the area downtown south of Fulton sees increases in both homelessness and development.