A southwest side neighborhood in Grand Rapids is undergoing a major facelift as community partners announced plans on Monday morning to revitalize historic Roosevelt Park.

This Saturday close to 10,000 people are expected to 'Rock the Block' at the sixth annual community street festival hosted by LINC Community Revitalization.  

Organizers say there will be lots of activities for every age, including live entertainment from a popular hip hop group.  

“Rock the block is a street festival that’s all about building connections.”

And the connections appear to be spreading to more and more Grand Rapids city residents.

Jeremy De Roo is co-executive director at LINC, which hosts the yearly event.

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City of Muskegon employees who buy a house within city limits may qualify for financial incentives under a new proposal. 

The Employee Homeownership Program, if approved by city officials, would offer an up-to $500 matching down payment.

It would also provide forgivable matching loans, depending on neighborhood and other factors.

An overall up-to $5,000 match would be available.

Officials say it’s one piece of larger and ongoing neighborhood stabilization and blight elimination efforts.

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A pilot project has transformed several demolished Detroit homes into gardens designed to capture and soak up stormwater and the idea could extend to other parts of the city as part of efforts to curb pollution in waterways, officials said.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the University of Michigan Water Center and the Detroit Land Bank Authority are among those that worked on the project to build four "bioretention gardens" on the city's west side.

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There was basically one central message at the second Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit. Here’s Mayor Rosalynn Bliss with the most concise version:

“So your voice matters, I think that’s the big message today. Your voice matters. We want you to have an opportunity to give input on what we need to do to move forward.”

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The second annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit brought hundreds of voices together on Friday as active participants in shaping the city’s future.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss says while the downtown is often the focal point, neighborhoods – and their residents – are the true heart of the city.

"Your voice matters. I think that’s the big message today – your voice matters. We want you to have an opportunity to give input on what we need to do to move forward."

Strong Neighborhoods

Feb 25, 2016
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Rachel Lee and Alex Milton join us, they are co-chairs of the upcoming Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Summit and here to tell us how to get involved.