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Deborah Johnson Wood

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. 


Return of the Speaker Series: Silver Line BRT

Rapid Growth returns with its popular speaker series, focusing on The Rapid's new Silver Line BRT. Jump on one of the buses, check out a station, and see what the buzz is all about on June 26th.


Do Good: Putting a face on local homelessness

Homeless folks face social disadvantages that go far beyond the lack of a safe and suitable home. They have reduced access to private and public services, as well as limited access to vital necessities such as healthcare and dental services. They are often seen as unsuitable for employment, and their travel options are few. In part three of an ongoing series, Do Good profiles one local man whose life has been affected by these issues, and finds out where to go from here.


Zoom, zoom: Need for smart, transit oriented development accelerates

As Grand Rapids watches the state's first bus rapid transit line near completion and revives a streetcar study, Rapid Growth takes a comprehensive look at transit oriented development in West Michigan. Deborah Johnson Wood reports on why TOD should be top of mind as development moves forward.


G-Sync: A Market Solution for the Moment

Like our Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen, you might be waking up today to discover that romantic restaurant table you wanted is booked. No worries; Tommy has three fresh dinner options that are easily sourced at our new Downtown Market.
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