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Nicci Thomas, Tim Kelly, Amanda Moore, and Layla Aslani.

Surviving the 'Zone of Chaos'

With the sweeping GR Forward planning process underway, public input plays a big role in the future of downtown Grand Rapids and its biggest asset, the Grand River. Rapid Growth's Development Editor Anya Zentmeyer checks in with city planners and others involved in trying to ensure the massive project reaches its highest potential, and she reports on the challenges and opportunities for the Grand River's future.

Paul Haan

Do Good: 'Get the Lead Out!' helps homeowners make older homes safe for kids

Lead poisoning interferes with brain development, causes life-long brain damage, and poor physical growth and development. It contributes to social, behavioral and school problems, and learning disabilities; and can even cause death. As Grand Rapids continues to restore its historic neighborhoods, 'Get the Lead Out!' is raising awareness of the dangers associated with lead-based paint chips and dust.

Arena Place Cranes

Smart city? The downtown development boom, examined

Rapid Growth continues to tackle the story of downtown's recent uptick in residential and commercial development. We've looked at current and upcoming projects and asked readers for feedback with a poll. In the last installment of our series on the topic, this week we explore the opportunities and challenges a residential living boom brings a city like Grand Rapids. 

GRWW Preliminary Plans

The next big thing: Downtown's hottest projects

From river restoration to expanded transportation options and from brewpubs to apartment towers, big things are happening downtown. We asked, you answered, and now the results are in from last week's reader poll. Read on to find out which downtown projects your fellow Grand Rapidians are the most excited about.


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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