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On the cusp of a downtown apartment boom?

Six years ago, the Grand Rapids construction boom was primarily medical and institution related. Lately, it seems that downtown is filling in with thousands of new residents. Urban living is having a moment, and developers are scrambling to keep up with demand. Rapid Growth explores the opportunities and ramifications of this new downtown residential "boomlet" in the first of a two-part series.

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Poll: What's your favorite downtown project?

From new apartment towers to state-of-the art biotech facilities, downtown Grand Rapids is on the cusp of another development boom -- and we want to know which projects our readers are the most excited about. Click away!

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Lakeshore software company looks toward a big future in smart products

Holland smart software company Spindance plans to expand their area footprint and polish up their brand with a new office in Grand Rapids and a website re-design. Steven Thomas Kent peeks inside to report on their savvy approach to smart technology.

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Bright idea: How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

What does sunshine have to do with the pint of beer on your local bar? Anya Zentmeyer explains how Alliance for Environmental Sustainability is working with SRInergy and the Michigan Saves Solar Works Initiative to help more West Michigan business and home owners afford rooftop solar panels.

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After almost a decade of development, Deborah Johnson Wood predicts the future

As she leaves her development news editor post, Deborah Johnson Wood reminds us of just how far Grand Rapids has come, reminisces about her favorite projects, and predicts the future in this honest interview. 
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