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Revitalizing Detroit’s Retail Landscape, One Neighborhood at a Time

Ashley Hennen is the Communications Manager for Hatch Detroit. She is passionate about doing her part to help build up vibrant and diverse retail in Detroit, spurring more walkable and healthy communities. While we’ve become well known for our annual…

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Some of the safest places to walk at night in America are right here in Michigan

As the weather begins to slowly warm, Michiganders come out of hibernation in droves to celebrate spring. As the sun sets a little later each day, many of us enjoy taking an evening stroll around our communities. We can now feel…

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You have to believe in yourself, your talents and not give up advises West Michigan business leader

One of this year’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan awardees is heavily involved in providing a strategic foundation for impressive growth to West Michigan. Birgit Klohs is the President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., a regional economic development…

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Food desert? Blogger aims to photograph 115 Detroit grocery stores, one bike ride at a time

I read the blog The People of Detroit for the first time soon after the Chris Hansen Dateline NBC April 2010 episode called America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope, which negatively portrayed the city. What struck me about People of…

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coLab breaks barriers on coworking

In Grand Rapids, the start-up community has been consistently growing. The community support behind start-up initiatives has been increasing exponentially, as well, with businesses like Start Garden and Grid70. Another start-up making waves in the region, Grand Rapids Collaborative, or…

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Grand Rapids Medical Mile

Why not pick Grand Rapids for a conference destination?

With the Medical Mile, Grand Rapids has proven itself to be a national and international hub for medical research, health care, and hospitals. Bringing an international medical research conference, like the International Herpes-Virus Workshop last week, to the city also…

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New ArtPrize Executive Director sees ArtPrize as ‘home’ for artists

The buzz of ArtPrize 2013 has begun to really take hold in the Grand Rapids community as we ramp up for the competition’s fifth year in just over six weeks. ArtPrize continues to break the mold and transform the vibe…

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(Video) Happy anniversary, Compuware. Love, Detroit.

Detroit-based IT software firm Compuware Corp. is (quietly, it seems) marking a major milestone for itself and its hometown. It was 10 years ago that it opened the doors to its new 16-story headquarters, becoming a bold early adopter among…

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Sustainable Streets Task Force shows a rough road ahead for Grand Rapids streets

Preliminary findings from the Sustainable Streets Task Force state that by 2018, at least 90% of the roads in Grand Rapids will be in poor condition.  Additionally, approximately 371 miles of road out of 588 are in poor condition. These…

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