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Mayor to answer questions live on GRTV; Rapidian to live tweet

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Mayor Heartwell answering questions on a previous episode of City Connection

Mayor Heartwell answering questions on a previous episode of City Connection /GRTV

At 5 p.m. Monday night, Mayor Heartwell's live interactive public access show City Connection was simulcast right here on The Rapidian. City Connection is an opportunity for Grand Rapidians to talk with our mayor about important city issues. The Mayor was joined by GRCMC/The Rapidian's Linda Gellasch, guest hosting in place of long time City Connection co-host Sr. Barbara Hansen. 

In another twist, The Rapidian will be live-tweeting the entire show. Check out @therapidian on Twitter to see a running log of the entire proceedings and capture some quotes from our mayor.

Some topics that were part of tonight's discussion:

  • More on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport deicing issue (view a clip from last month's episode)
  • Developments with our Downtown Development Authority
  • New terms for three city commissioners (Heartwell himself was recently reelected to a third term as city Mayor)

City Connection serves residents who have any questions or anything they would like to say to Mayor Heartwell. Grand Rapidians are encouraged each month to do so with a comment on the article or by emailing [email protected], tweeting @GRTVaccess or leaving a Facebook comment. Tune in on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. to hear him respond to you live on GRTV’s Livewire (channel 24 on Comcast) and streaming on The Rapidian.

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bahhhh maybe i am too late.

i don't know if this is a question as much a string of things. 

what do you think we have to as grand rapidians/humans/young creatives (or what are you doing yourself) to make the following happen : what sort of initiatives are in place for folks to start up their own projects. other than the 5X5 model. i'm surrounded by hundreds of young people ready to make this city pop with small shops, businesses, food co-ops, bike co-ops, and other radical "big city" style places to spend time. the problem is we all work service industry jobs and our feet are starting to hurt. and most of it all it seems like the idea people are starting to flock here, but who is going to shop? who is going to show up?

so what is your personal/professional advice on how to move forward as young non-college students in this city as well as recruit and retain more young folks, or any folks in general, willing to stay in this city.