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Crestwood Elementary Students bring Birthday Joy to Those in Need

Submitted 10-09-2013 under NONPROFITS

Crestwood Elementary students create birthday kits for families at Mel Trotter Ministries.


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.


Volunteers come together to make orchard reality

Submitted 10-08-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

This Saturday, an assortment of peach, apple and pear trees will be planted at a Grand Rapids park. The project, started by the neighborhood, stands for community progression, health and food security.


There goes the fear

Submitted 10-08-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

It is time to let go of designing out of fear, and start embracing community spaces that create opportunity for expression, creativity and growth- for all.


Story Matters: Joel Veldheer describes downtown buildings years ago

Submitted 10-08-2013 under NONPROFITS

Joel Veldheer talks about how he's seen downtown buildings develop from pigeon-infested empty buildings to what they are today, and what he sees making downtown so appealing today.


Brewery Vivant, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks add to tree canopy

Submitted 10-01-2013 under NEWS

Tree planting at Congress Park contributes to the City’s goal to reach a 40% tree canopy and the East Hills’ Urban Forest Plan.


Local First challenges community to eat local

Submitted 10-01-2013 under NEWS

Local First, Grand Rapids area business advocate is challenging individuals to eat and spend local.


Green building alive, thriving in West Michigan

Submitted 09-27-2013 under NONPROFITS

When it comes to green building, West Michigan takes a back seat to no one.


Story Matters: Aaron Bannasch sees growth in Grand Rapids

Submitted 09-24-2013 under NONPROFITS

Aaron Bannasch has seen Grand Rapids transform from a big town to a small city over the seven years he's lived here. Where does he think we'll be in 10 years?