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New Ford painting appears near DeVos Place

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Another image of Grand Rapids' own president, Gerald Ford, has popped up downtown.

WZZM 13 News first learned about it on Facebook.

The newest image of President Ford shows him in a bathing suit, holding a towel. The spray-painted portrait is located near DeVos Place on a wall running alongside the Grand River.

The first spray-painted image of the president surfaced last month under a bridge on I-196 near the Ottawa Avenue exit. The Michigan Department of Transportation planned to take it down, because it was a distraction to drivers.

The artist has still not stepped forward.

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Rapid Blog: The 21st Century City

Rapid Blog: The 21st Century City

Mark F. Miller AIA

Mark F. Miller is an architect and urban designer at Nederveld, the former chairman of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and a past president of the Grand Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. As a committed urbanist, he enjoys walking to work from his home in Heritage Hill to his office downtown.   

In many of former President Ronald Reagan’s speeches, the theme of America as a “shining city on a hill” remained a constant. In his farewell address to the nation, Reagan described this place as “a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans” with “ports that hummed with commerce and creativity”. His vision of America as a city that showed boundless promise was a compelling rallying cry of solidarity and optimism.

Cinco de Mayo festival in downtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Downtown Grand Rapids will be pulsing with Latin rhythms as "Cinco de Mayo Fiesta GR 2012" takes over the Arena District.

Ionia Street will be blocked off between Fulton and Weston for the festival which runs from 4:00pm to 10:00pm.  Various bands will be playing on an outdoor stage featuring Dallas, Texas headliner Juan Johnson & Guess Super Star.

If you go to the festival, or any other Cinco de Mayo party, we want to see your pictures.  Send them to pix@wzzm13.com and we'll put together a photo gallery on Monday.

Truck crash on downtown highway

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Traffic is backing up on eastbound I-196 as there is a crash on the ramp to northbound US-131.

A semi-truck is involved at the bridge of the ramp.  Traffic is backing up past Lane Avenue.

The ramp has reopened.

We'll have more details when they become available.

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A New Farmers Market

A New Farmers Market

J. Bennett Rylah

The Fulton Street Farmers Market was one of the first markets established in Grand Rapids in the early 1900s, but the only one that would sell directly to consumers versus to wholesalers. While new technology was enabling food to travel longer distances, food prices were increasing. A group of housewives decided to utilize the farmland that surrounded them to establish the market. It was a grassroots effort made possible with community volunteers. And as the Market celebrates its 90th birthday this year, it's still a community project. On Saturday, May 5, the Market will experience a rebirth as its renovation is revealed to the public at 7:45 a.m., right before opening to shoppers for the year.

"I used to avoid coming here on Saturdays," admits Christine Helms-Maletic, Fulton Street Farmers Market's Project Development Manager. "It was always so crowded."

Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

The Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society (MERES) welcomed the inaugural class of inductees into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Wednesday evening. Five individuals as well as an outstanding environmental education program, one environmental project and a nonprofit organization were honored for their commitments to environmental stewardship and significant contributions to Michigan’s quality of life

“There are many who work tirelessly to protect the environment throughout Michigan,” said Ronald Brown, chair of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.  “Their dedication has improved the quality of life in our state and the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society believes that the time has come to recognize these people, projects and organizations.” 

Ubanized. A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit May 31 at Wealthy Theatre

Ubanized. A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit May 31 at Wealthy Theatre

Thursday, May 31, 6:30pm

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Admission is free!

Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

6:30-9:00 - intro, film & brief discussion

Showing sponsored by Lott3 Metz Architecture, Nederveld Inc., The Rapid, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and Wondergem

Visit http://www.friendsofgrparks.org for additional information.