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Build a Better Block project gets nod of approval from Grand Rapids DDA
February 13, 2013 | WGVU “This Better Block model fit with the way I was thinking how we should evolve in terms of our discourse about planning issues and move from conversation to getting our hands dirty and making change.” Lynee Wells is
an urban planner with Williams and Works. She is currently involved in a
project to rebuild and reinvigorate urban core areas of cities like Grand
Rapids. She and Josh Leffingwell and Tyler Doornbos with Friendly Corps presented
their Build a Better Block initiative to DDA officials Wednesday. The project
aims to promote community engagement to transform a portion of State Street in
“State Street is interesting because it straddles Heritage Hill and the Heartside business district boundaries so this is an opportunity for two neighborhood/business districts to collaborate.”
about the BBB idea over a year ago and thought it would be a great way to get residents
of Grand Rapids involved in a hands-on project to upgrade the city. The long
term goal is to inspire developers and building owners to make permanent
changes to their neighborhood. The block project will be held the weekend of
May 18-19 - the same week as the Heritage Hill Home Tour. Wells says it’s a
great opportunity to link the two events as the home tour brings in people from
all over the city.
“It is open to anyone and everyone, we are going to have activities for all ages, all abilities - it's truly going to bring people from all over the city, people who work for St.Mary's, people who own property around State Street and all sides of our community that can see the difference we can make in one weekend and take those ideas back to their own community.” Over the next
month, organizers will work with property owners to come up with a list of
upgrades for the corridor – this could include painting crosswalks, pedestrian
improvements and modifications to bus stops and shelters to make them more
dynamic as well as retail efforts. The group will partner with Friends of GR
Parks for their “Parks Alive” weekend. Wells says its important constituents and
stakeholders have a voice in the project. Now that they have the support of
city leaders, three committees will be formed to focus on planning, promotions
and programming. The groups will meet twice a month. More information on Better
Block GR can be found on www.betterblockgr.com.
Beating holiday stress one task at a time
Undated December 4, 2013 | WGVU The Christmas season brings out lots of the red and green decorations. But for many, the holidays are done more in shades of blue. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
Former GRCCPresident Richard Calkins dies
Grand Rapids MI December 4, 2013 | WGVU Grand Rapids Community College faculty and staff are mourning the Nov. 29 death of President Emeritus Richard W. Calkins, who led unprecedented campus expansion and the college’s transformation as an independent institution.
Health officials warn of stomach illness in Michigan
Grand Rapids MI December 4, 2013 | AP Health officials say there's been a reported increase in stomach illness over the past week in Michigan.
Traverse City mayor sentenced for impaired driving
Traverse City MI December 4, 2013 | AP Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes has been sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to driving while impaired.
Icy roads, fog create hazardous road conditions
Grand Rapids MI December 4, 2013 | AP Icy roads and fog are creating hazardous driving conditions in parts of Michigan, prompting some schools to close or delay the start of classes.
Unadjusted jobless rate off 0.4 points in Michigan
Lansing MI December 4, 2013 | AP Michigan says the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage points since it last reported on its regional labor markets.
Affiliation proposed for 2 Michigan health systems
Ann Arbor MI December 4, 2013 | AP A proposal would make Allegiance Health a part of the University of Michigan Health System.
Report: Detroit-bought art worth as much as $870M
Detroit MI December 4, 2013 | WGVU New York auction house Christie's estimates the fair market value of city-bought works at the Detroit Institute of Arts to be between roughly $450 million and $870 million.
Michigan Senate votes to authorize sale of building
Lansing MI December 4, 2013 | AP The Republican-led Michigan Senate has voted to authorize the potential sale of a downtown Lansing building that houses senators' offices.
Recall petition rejected for clerk following slur
Buena Vista Twp MI December 4, 2013 | AP The Saginaw County Election Commission has rejected a proposed recall petition for a white Michigan township clerk who was recorded using a racial slur to describe a black official.
Employees at 2 Ann Arbor bars see big mystery tips
Ann Arbor MI December 4, 2013 | AP Employees at two Ann Arbor bars have seen some unusually big tips this year.
House votes to ensure jury trials in state suits
December 4, 2013 | AP The Michigan House has voted unanimously to ensure that the right to jury trials continues in certain lawsuits filed against the state.
Michigan House budget rising 5 percent in 2014
December 4, 2013 | AP Lawmakers in the Michigan House will see their office budgets rise 5 percent in 2014.
Michigan Farm Bureau talks issues in annual meeting
Grand Rapids MI December 3, 2013 | WGVU Michigan’s top agricultural officials are in Grand Rapids this week, for the annual Michigan Farm Bureau meeting. And as you might guess, the subject of seasonal workers was on the program. WGVU’s David Moore reports…
Consumers Energy cuts Grand Rapids $60K rebate check
December 3, 2013 | WGVU A new system for saving power at the City of Grand Rapids’ wastewater treatment plant is paying off with Consumers Energy cutting the city a giant check today.
Aviation Academy expanding
December 3, 2013 | WGVU Nearly four years after opening its doors, the West Michigan Aviation Academy revealed plans for continuing its expansion.
Michigan Attorney General wants juvenile lifers to stay behind bars
Ann Arbor MI December 3, 2013 | AP Michigan's attorney general is pledging to challenge court rulings that could lead to parole for prisoners convicted of murders committed when they were under 18.
Jackson police plan to follow marijuana ordinance
Jackson MI December 3, 2013 | AP Law enforcement and city officials in Jackson plan to follow a new marijuana ordinance in a way that they say falls within the spirit of the law.
ACLU sues U.S. bishops over Catholic hospital ethics
Detroit MI December 3, 2013 | AP The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals.
West Michigan city plans own crime lab to speed results
Wyoming MI December 3, 2013 | AP The Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming is planning to create its own crime lab as part of an effort to get evidence analyzed more quickly.
Judge OK's Bankruptcy route for City of Detroit
Detroit MI December 3, 2013 | AP A judge says Detroit is eligible to fix its finances in bankruptcy court.
ACLU sues US bishops over Catholic hospital ethics
December 3, 2013 | AP The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals.
Bill would allow smoking at more outdoor seating
Lansing MI December 2, 2013 | AP Legislation would roll back a provision of Michigan's smoking ban to allow smokers to light up at outdoor seating for bars and restaurants.
Technology assists truckers in Michigan seeking res
Battle Creek MI December 2, 2013 | AP Interstate 94 between Detroit and Chicago is being used for a pilot project that alerts semi-truck drivers to available parking spaces at places like rest stops.
Bill could make it easier to take home roadkill
Lansing MI December 2, 2013 | AP Legislation could make it easier for drivers to take home roadkill in Michigan.
Groups seek 3rd Michigan ballot issue on wolf hunting
Lansing MI December 2, 2013 | AP A pro-hunting coalition is launching a campaign to collect petition signatures seeking a possible third statewide vote next November on hunting wolves in Michigan.
Officials: Cleanup work completed at Portage Creek
Kalamazoo MI December 2, 2013 | AP Officials say cleanup work has been completed at Portage Creek in southwestern Michigan as part of a broader Superfund project.
State: Smarter Balanced tests only viable option
December 2, 2013 | AP The state education department says Michigan should stick with its plan to switch to Smarter Balanced standardized tests next school year because they're the only "viable option" at this time.
Tribal sovereignty at issue in US Supreme Court case
Washington DC December 2, 2013 | MPRN A fight between Michigan and an Upper Peninsula Indian tribe makes its way this morning to the United States Supreme Court. As Rick Pluta reports, the case revolves around the tribe’s plan to open an off-reservation casino.
Anti-abortion proposal will go to state lawmakers
December 2, 2013 | MPRN A proposal that would put new restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions is headed to the state Legislature. A state board today certified signatures collected earlier this year by Right to Life of Michigan.
We have more from Jake Neher reports.
The real reason we go Christmas shopping before sunrise
Grand Rapids MI November 29, 2013 | WGVU The Christmas shopping season is officially here, with more than a few of us getting an early start. WGVU’s David Moore takes a different look at the subject.
Court to take look at jobless pay for pot users
Detroit MI November 29, 2013 | AP Can workers who are fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana get unemployment benefits?
DNR develops video to help spot young Asian carp
Lansing MI November 29, 2013 | AP The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has developed a video to help anglers identify young Asian carp and prevent them from getting into the Great Lakes.
Michigan men fulfill late brother's weight-loss wish
Plymouth MI November 29, 2013 | AP Two suburban Detroit men have fulfilled their late brother's wish.
Person struck, killed by train in SW Michigan
Oshtemo Twp MI November 29, 2013 | AP Authorities say a person walking on tracks in Kalamazoo County was struck and killed by an Amtrak passenger train.
Discussions between state, tribes to continue after gaming deals expire
November 29, 2013 | MPRN The state is in the process of renegotiating compacts with six Indian tribes. The 20-year-old agreements allow tribal gaming in the state. The treaties expire tomorrow. But, as we hear from Rick Pluta, that doesn’t mean the casinos will shut down.