State of the City 2017

Mayor Bliss speaks to a packed crowd at 20 Monroe Live in downtown Grand Rapids for her second "State of the City" address. 

Mayor Bliss speaks to a packed crowd at 20 Monroe Live in downtown Grand Rapids for her second "State of the City" address. 

Tiffany and Luke head to 20 Monroe Live to hear Mayor Bliss' second annual "State of the City" address. Highlights include racial equity, #GRLocalChallenge, and being a city built on quiet, small giants. 

Special thanks to Mayor Bliss and her staff for allowing us to participate in this special night. 

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Truck Off

A semi truck drives along Grandville Ave. next to Cesar Chavez Elementary School. 

A semi truck drives along Grandville Ave. next to Cesar Chavez Elementary School. 

The Roosevelt Park Neighborhood is fighting to move the state trunkline away from Grandville Ave. The congested traffic and commuter trucks are a safety hazard to businesses along the avenue and children walking to school. Tiffany and Luke spoke to community activist Ben Johnson and neighborhood residents about why the "Truck Off" campaign will make Roosevelt Park a safer and more vibrant neighborhood. PLUS Rapids News featuring hotels, Ai Weiwei and the "mystery location" at 201 Market Ave. 

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201 Market (lower right) is the "mystery location" beginning development in 2017 (GR Forward Executive Summary). 

201 Market (lower right) is the "mystery location" beginning development in 2017 (GR Forward Executive Summary). 

Open Mic Night

Andrew performing at The Lantern's Open Mic Night. 

Andrew performing at The Lantern's Open Mic Night. 

Luke visits Open Mic Night at the Lantern Coffee Bar to talk with local artist Andrew Gulledge on the first episode of iheartGR's "Follower Feature" series. PLUS Rapid News on local immigration refugee/resources and 20 Monroe Live. 

COMMENT BELOW TO SHARE RESOURCES TO HELP ANSWER IMMIGRANT/REFUGEE QUESTIONS.

Check out Andrew on Instagram @agphotoco

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Grand Rapids African American History Museum and Archives

GRAAMA's new location is downtown on Monroe Ave. 

GRAAMA's new location is downtown on Monroe Ave. 

Luke visits the new museum store and donation center for the GRAAMA. He talks to the founder and curator George Bayard about the museum and local African American history. PLUS the story behind the founding of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Resources for MLK Day

History on MLK Day

Misremembering I Have a Dream Article

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Diversity Through a Lens

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Chong. See more of his photos on his Instagram page.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Chong. See more of his photos on his Instagram page.

Luke closes 2016 with Jonathan Chong. He's a local photographer that is pushing the boundaries on what we conceptualize as diversity in Grand Rapids through colorful, cultural, and symbolic imagery. PLUS a new segment called “Rapid News” that will catch you up on all the hot topics in Grand Rapids.

Listen to the Jonathan Chong conversation beginning at 7:45.

See Jonathan's work on his website. 

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Grand Rapids Gives

#GRgives on #GivingTuesday is a city-wide campaign to raise funds, find volunteers and build awareness for local nonprofits, 

#GRgives on #GivingTuesday is a city-wide campaign to raise funds, find volunteers and build awareness for local nonprofits, 

Tis the season for giving back! Learn how Grand Rapids has united its local nonprofits and charities to spur on the community to give back on #GivingTuesday. 

Click here to learn how you can get involved with #GRgives. 

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Ballot Preview Part 2

No more excuses not to be informed! It's your responsibility to be educated about the local issues and candidates on the ballot in 2016. Tiffany and Luke provide an overview of important things on the local Grand Rapids ballot other than the presidential nominees. 

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Click here to learn where you can vote. 

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Ballot Preview Part 1

Think you're not informed enough to vote this year? Tiffany and Luke provide an overview of important things on the local Grand Rapids ballot other than the presidential nominees. Your vote matters locally and at the state level!

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Click here to look up your sample ballot.

Click here to learn where you can vote. 

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