Grand Rapids

March 19, 2016, 5am PDT
A speculative development proposal inspired a show of community solidarity in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
MLive
January 20, 2015, 7am PST
The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority—one of the last agencies in the country to fund transit with property taxes—is unable to keep up with the times, according to an editorial arguing for a change.
The Toledo Blade
November 2, 2014, 11am PST
Rachel Dovey shares some of the secrets to the success of Grand Rapids, Michigan after a year of transit improvements in the small city.
Next City
February 18, 2013, 5am PST
After more than a century of altering the flow of the Grand River, Grand Rapids' namesake whitewater has been largely eliminated. A new proposal backed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder would "put the rapids back in Grand Rapids."
The Detroit News
November 16, 2012, 11am PST
Keith Schneider looks at Downtown Market, the "newest piece of civic equipment" being built as part of Grand Rapids's transformation from "Furniture City" to vibrant, and growing, hub.
The New York Times
September 18, 2012, 8am PDT
Mark Stryker writes on Grand Rapids' ArtPrize, a citywide art competition that awards prize money based on public vote, and has been a boon to artists and the local economy. It is now inspiring other cities to host their own such events.
Detroit Free Press
March 16, 2012, 10am PDT
Earlier this month, <em>Good</em> asked its readers to submit picks for cities full of emerging talent and creativity. In this piece Colleen Wormsley compiles the results.
Good
November 15, 2011, 5am PST
In Grand Rapids, a number of no-longer-needed elementary schools are being transformed into apartment buildings, while the playgrounds and sports fields are turned into city parks.
The Grand Rapids Press
October 10, 2011, 5am PDT
ArtPrize, a yearly art festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is attracting unprecedented crowds to this unexpected destination.
Metropolis Magazine
August 5, 2011, 10am PDT
After landed No. 10 on MainStreet.com's "America's Dying Cities" list earlier this year, Grand Rapids, Mich., shows the world that the city is anything but. Its citywide rendition of Don McLean's classic gets almost 4 million hits on YouTube to date.
Sustainable Cities Collective
April 20, 2010, 6am PDT
This piece from <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> takes a look at three midwestern cities that have recently benefited from outside investments in their urban centers.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 27, 2009, 7am PDT
The ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan resulted in 1,262 artists temporarily installing their pieces in 159 venues around downtown. The public picks the winner.
GOOD Magazine