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Rapid Blog: The 21st Century City
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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.
 
This vision can easily describe Grand Rapids - a shining city on a hill that hums with commerce, creativity, vibrancy... and urgency. To take the next steps toward fulfilling this complete vision, to capitalize on previous investments, and to unlock...

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