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Passing the Mic: Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association answers, "What are you most proud about in your neighborhood right now?"

Fran Dalton from Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association responds to Community Media Center's Brett Townsend.

Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association

GPNA serves its community by improving safety, ensuring a high quality of life, and connecting residents. It strives to preserve and improve the unique human and physical characteristics of its neighborhood through resident involvement.

Garfield Park is home to more than 15,000 residents, making it one of the largest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. Its geographic area is bordered by Cottage Grove St. to the north, Eastern Ave. to the east, 28th St. to the south, and US 131 to the west.

Brett Townsend, Community Engagement Specialist at Community Media Center, asks Grand Rapids' neighborhood associations:

  • "What are you most proud about in your neighborhood right now?"

Fran Dalton, neighborhood organizer at Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, responds, and passes a question on to other neighborhood associations in the city:

  • "In this recent environment with Black Lives Matter and the trend to looking at reallocation or defunding of police, I'm wondering what other neighborhood associations are finding people saying about that?"


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