The Rapidian


Land, labor, capital: Looking at root causes of our diseased food system

Submitted 02-09-2016 under OPINION

Lance Kraai of New City Urban Farm proposes a generous reciprocal free market based on Judaic/Christian ideas of Shalom over capitalism and addresses the historical problems that capitalism has created.


Local Westside school collecting water for Flint Public Schools

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NEWS

Harrison Park Elementary students and staff are collecting bottled water to send to the schools in Flint to help with the water crisis.


Plaster Creek restoration project planned for Dutton Shadyside Park in 2016

Submitted 01-19-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

It is our hope that a large-scale restoration project at Shadyside Park, currently slated for construction in summer 2016, will improve the beauty of the park and will function as a big step forward in the long-term work of restoring the watershed.


New butcher shop brings locally sourced meats to Wealthy Street Business District

Submitted 01-12-2016 under NEWS

Owners Matt Smith and Cynthia Esch of Louise Earl Butcher are happy to be participating in the local indie food retailer growth. They will be selling pastured meats sourced from area farms and creating daily sandwiches.


East Hills urban canopy grows with 100 new trees

Submitted 12-22-2015 under NEWS

The East Hills Council of Neighbors continues to move forward on their Urban Forest Plan with the help of the City of Grand Rapids.


Friends of Grand Rapids Parks reflects on success, welcomes new leader

Submitted 12-22-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

With the help of the community, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has grown.


Brewery Vivant to celebrate five years of brewing, sustainability, neighborhood advocacy

Submitted 12-18-2015 under NEWS

The team at Brewery Vivant are inviting the community to help them celebrate five years of neighborhood commitment and future endeavors by coming in to enjoy special beer releases, food specials and live music.


The Rapid reports increased services, success for Silver Line

Submitted 12-09-2015 under NONPROFITS

The Rapid is working to provide more transportation options as our downtown grows.


City Commission to vote on GR Forward plan

Submitted 12-08-2015 under NEWS

GR Forward will head to a final vote at the City Commission on Dec. 15, following months of public forums and approval from the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Grand Rapids Planning Commission.


Cultured Love first business to "graduate" from Downtown Market Incubator Kitchen

Submitted 11-30-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

A local couple has developed their own small food business in response to their daughter's Lyme disease, with help from the Downtown Market's programs and food entrepreneur community.