The Rapidian Home


Story Matters: Alex Wells, Taylor Shannon talk about reasons for moving to Grand Rapids

Submitted 11-08-2013 under NONPROFITS

Alex Wells and Taylor Shannon, recently engaged, plan to move to Grand Rapids for the higher economic potential they find in both the restaurant and health industries.


Kent County's Garbage Tour Educates and Informs

Submitted 11-06-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

GRCC's "Greater Grand Rapids Garbage Tour" revealed pros and cons of the county's current waste handling system.


Story Matters: Anna Boone shares home birth story above Eastown-based bookstore

Submitted 10-31-2013 under NONPROFITS

Anna Boone lived above Argos Book Shop when she found out she was pregnant. Here she tells her story of deciding to have a home birth in her Eastown apartment.


Story Matters: Seth Ricord shares story of addiction, recovery

Submitted 10-30-2013 under NONPROFITS

Seth Ricord sat down in our story fort to tell us about his young introduction to alcohol and drugs, and the many organizations and people that have helped him turn his life around.


'Bras Across the Grand' promotes breast cancer awareness

Submitted 10-25-2013 under NEWS

Hundreds of decorated bras were strung downtown Grand Rapids across the Gillett Pedestrian Bridge Saturday morning as part of the Bras Across the Grand event. The 4th annual Bras Across the Grand event drew approximately 300 people, including 20 breast cancer survivors.


Riveridge Produce Marketing opens orchards to Food Bank

Submitted 10-25-2013 under NONPROFITS

Sparta-based Riveridge invites volunteers to pick apples for families at risk of hunger.


You're invited! "Food Politics and the Food Justice Movement: Moving Forward"

Submitted 10-23-2013 under NONPROFITS

Free five week class that investigates the current food system and food policy, looks at responses around the country and discusses how West Michigan could respond locally.


With demand rising, Food Bank issues plea for more volunteers

Submitted 10-15-2013 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America West Michigan looks for more help as food insecurity persists.


Why parks matter: How our parks affect city life

Submitted 10-09-2013 under OPINION

Studies show city parks increase health, social connection, aid the environment and have positive impacts on the local economy. How does that play out in our local parks?


Why parks matter: The history of parks in Grand Rapids

Submitted 10-08-2013 under OPINION

We cannot understand the importance of our parks if we don't understand their history. This article walks us through our city's first park and its humble beginnings to a growth of urban development leading to large city parks and ending with the affects on our green spaces caused by White Flight.