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How far will we go to prioritize equity in Grand Rapids?

Submitted 03-24-2017 under OPINION

In a city with a history of systemic bias, how do we build trust? Trust will be a process, but we as citizens can take our leadership seriously when they say no to money with strings attached in the interest of not leaving anyone behind.


West Michigan Growers Group partners with Downtown Market, MSU Extension to host 2017 Growers Fare: CSA Open House

Submitted 03-21-2017 under NONPROFITS

The public event will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Market for the West Michigan community interested in connecting with and supporting farmers growing and selling local food.


The Rapid should make it easy for people to get their change back

Submitted 02-28-2017 under OPINION

I take The Rapid everyday to and from City Middle High School. I should not have to worry about not getting my money back as cash if my bus card does not work.


Workshop combines "Practicing Inclusivity" principles, conscious relaxation

Submitted 02-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Workshop combines Yoga Nidra guided relaxation and dialogue about Practicing so we, as change agents, can create a better world for all.


Community advocate faces Grand Rapids' housing crisis, gentrification

Submitted 02-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

After having to leave her lifelong neighborhood, LaDonna Norman is fighting for families losing their homes to gentrification.


Michigan mushroom grower donates exotic fungi to food bank

Submitted 02-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. of Scottville sells its exotic mushrooms to high-end restaurants. Now they're donating to people in need.


Mayor Rosalynn Bliss talks about first year as mayor, implementing sustainable practices

Submitted 02-15-2017 under NONPROFITS

Environmental sustainability remains a top priority in Bliss' role as Mayor. It is one of the four legs of her strategic plan: social impact, economic impact, environmental impact and the most recent addition, governance—the concept of government reacting directly to the needs of the community.


Rain gardens continue to flourish, transform Plaster Creek area

Submitted 01-24-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Plaster Creek Stewards tracks the journey of a raindrop in Alger Heights, Garfield Park


Catalyst Radio: Business directory promotes social, environmental good

Submitted 12-27-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Co-host Michelle Jokisch Polo speaks with Meredith Fennema, the woman behind "The Shop For Good".


Urban Roots growing from farm to community

Submitted 10-25-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Friday, October 28, 2016, join Urban Roots at the community farm to share stories, help cultivate the farm and plant roots for the future.