Entries by Natasha Strydhorst

GR’s Driving Change campaign hits the streets

Grand Rapids has one of the highest rates of crashes involving bicycles in the state of Michigan. The fatal bicycle crash rate here is nearly three times greater than the state average of around 25 fatal crashes per year. Last year alone, Kent county had five fatal bicycle crashes, the highest […]

Citizen engagement drives GR Forward

As Grand Rapids’ river restoration project continues, a common question is where citizen engagement can find its niche in the overall process. The river is a public resource—its fate concerns not only this city, but also residents and businesses along the river’s banks throughout West Michigan. Back when the Green […]

Rapids restoration plan – what’s next?

The city of Grand Rapids was named for the Grand River’s once-iconic whitewater rapids, which have been conspicuously absent for decades. Now, plans are trickling forward to restore the Grand River’s whitewater. The idea came about through the efforts of Grand Rapids WhiteWater and the City’s Green Grand Rapids Master […]