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How to keep the West Side the best side -- for everyone

Is Bridge St. the new Wealthy St.? As West Side development heats up, Stephanie Doublestein takes a look at how to keep the West Side the best side for both new businesses and longtime residents. With housing costs rising, find out how some community stakeholders think the neighborhood can embrace revitalization while making sure the changes are good for Challenge Scholars, college students, and the proud people who call the West Side home.

Caitlin Harvey

RapidChat: Caitlin Harvey

As Director of Community for 616 Lofts, Caitlin Harvey is the perfect resource for all things Grand Rapids. With community creation being one of her biggest passions, this boomerang West Michigander spends much of her time researching and implementing new and innovative ways to create a more livable downtown.

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. 
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