The Rapidian


Affordable housing workshop to tackle development issues in Grand Rapids

Submitted 11-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

One of the workshops at the Neighborhood Summit next March will seek community input on housing policies, in an effort to create more choices and less disparity.


Urban agriculture and placemaking: Toward building resiliency

Submitted 11-17-2015 under OPINION

Building resiliency in any system takes time, and it comes at a cost that rarely yields rewards in the early stages. For long-term success, issues of social and ecological durability must focus on empowerment and health, not momentary fixes.


OKT offers free Food Justice class

Submitted 11-09-2015 under NONPROFITS

Free, four-session food justice class is open to all who want to learn more and do more.


City High Middle School to host 7th annual Recycled Art Market

Submitted 11-03-2015 under NEWS

The art market will be held Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and showcase artists and crafters from all over Michigan.


Alger Heights neighborhood launches new model for stormwater management

Submitted 10-09-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Plaster Creek Stewards is in the process of installing 20 curb-cut rain gardens in the Alger Heights neighborhood.


Urban agriculture + placemaking = new economy

Submitted 10-06-2015 under OPINION

Levi Gardner of Urban Roots explores different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.


ArtPrize visits Burning Man

Submitted 09-29-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Kevin Buist, Exhibitions Director at ArtPrize, had a chance to visit Burning Man this year along with Executive Director Christian Gaines. Here he shares the experience- and how it relates to other, more permanent artworks and city structures.


She Rides her Own Way to host Women and Bikes speaker series

Submitted 09-15-2015 under NEWS

On September 17, four local panelist will talk about how biking has made a positive impact on their lives at bicycling event at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.


Building community: Why honest conversations matter

Submitted 09-15-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

We can't grow as a community- or as individuals- if we aren't willing to engage in hard conversations. Willingness to be honest takes courage. Why are we so afraid of that here in Grand Rapids?


New program for older zoo-goers combines activity with education

Submitted 09-04-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

John Ball Zoo, along with Priority Health, kicked off the new Silver Explorer program last month. The eight-week program aims to bring more seniors to the zoo by giving them different method to learn and stay active.