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Starting tomorrow Fulton Street at Mt. Vernon will be closed for about five months as the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University partner to study the effects of closing roadway.  Officials say it’s a low cost study to help inform future campus planning and transportation decisions. 

“With classes ending, it lined up quite well for us to begin this experiment this weekend. The closures will start happening tomorrow and this will be a full closure from Mt. Vernon to the south.”

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 This Tuesday, the topic will be Health and Environment. But, in case you missed it, the one at the Kroc center last Tuesday, November 28 was about economic opportunity. The free dinner was chicken and beef tacos, rice and beans, but the real dish was opportunities and barriers for minority business owners. Here’s Jamiel Robinson from GRAAB who says the main barrier is relational.

“If you look at Steelcase, who’s one of their top suppliers or dealers? It’s Custard! And so that’s two families, so it comes down to relational, in addition to access to capital.”

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Everything from how gentrification causes displacement, to how trees affect transportation is on the agenda for the city’s six-part community series. Tonight at six the city will put on a dinner that is free and open to the public, at the Kroc Center. The topic will be Commercial development and economic opportunities. But, to give you an idea of the issues, last week it was all about transportation and among the panelists was Josh Naramore, Mobile GR and Parking Manager for the city of Grand Rapids   .

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Having a good idea to make the city safer could net a couple rewards if your idea is picked.  The Safe Alliance for Everyone or “SAFE” Taskforce is listening to ideas at its Pitch and Highlight night tomorrow.  A safer community and the funds to help achieve it are at hand.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to hear people say I think we can do these three things or these 5 things and ultimately, the result will be a reduction in violence.”

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Gentrification and displacement are words that make residents anxious when their neighborhoods are being bought out by folks with more money. Last night, at the Kroc Center, the city of Grand Rapids invited experts to meet with S. Division neighbors and talk about t these terms and how area specific plans come into the process. Inner-City Christian Federation President Ryan Ver Wys.

“Area Specific Plans are a way that we as a community name what’s important or what we would like to see happen in our community in the years to come.”

GRPD Chief Rahinsky establishes youth advisory council

Nov 14, 2017
L to R: Chief David Rahinsky, Je'Ana Mason, Danielle Mc Millon, Eugene Brown and Monica Sparks discuss 4Unity event in downtown Grand Rapids.
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In an effort to gain a young adult’s perspective, Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky has launched a new advisory council made up of area youths. The council is called "IMPACT," and will give area high schoolers a chance to voice their opinions and advise Chief Rahinsky on current police issues. 

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The humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria continues to devastate those living in Puerto Rico.  Starting today, Grand Rapids Public Schools and the City of Grand Rapids are taking part in a charitable drive to benefit those in need.

“We have heard from our students… We are a family here and we come together when our family is in need.”

Grand Rapids has another reason to brag. The American Planning Association Wednesday named the city's Rosa Parks Circle as one of the five 'Great Public Spaces in America.' Not too shabby. The distinction is part of the Association’s annual ‘Great Places in America’ list, which marks the kickoff of the organization’s National Community Planning Month celebration. 

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Grand Rapids is moving forward with plans to remove and prune 3,000 trees near city streets that present potential hazards. The City Commission approved plans Tuesday for city crews to work alongside contracted tree services to handle trees considered to be high risk. The cost of the project could reach $2.4 million. 

The City of Grand Rapids is launching a new web app that will allow residents a digital way of conducting business transactions with the city. In a partnership with cloud-based mobile government and payment platform Technology Company, ‘Pay It,’ the city is launching a new app called “GR Pay It’ that links water, refuse and property taxes into a single account, giving residents the ability to pay and manage their bills through the application as well as settle outstanding parking tickets.

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