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What Does Public Transportation Say About The Community It Serves?

What Does Public Transportation Say About The Community It Serves?

By Seth Horton

What public transportation says about the community it serves

When some people think about public transportation, they might think people who ride buses have no other transportation alternative. If that's your thought, you might want to take a look at who's riding the bus these days.

Yes, public transportation does serve a need for those without options. But let's think of public transportation as less of a need and more of an opportunity for the whole community. Today, public transportation speaks volumes to how a community prepares for sustainable success and growth, how much the community values effective planning and shows that it is seeking many avenues for an improved economy.

Sustainable success and growth

G-Sync: The Future We Vote Forward

G-Sync: The Future We Vote Forward

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

On May 3, it is in our hands to make a positive impact in our community by voting yes for expanded public transportation.

Few elections matter more than the one that will, in many ways, directly impact our region for years to come. It may even determine if your children or grandchildren will decide to remain here or move on. All data points that this is what hangs in the balance.

Of course, there are plenty of other items on the ballot that are equally as important to our future. Who will sit as a trustee at the Grand Rapids Community College? 

Will it be a person with true education experience? Or someone who just wants to push a short-term agenda that is severely anti-diversity -- an unwelcoming move in our region that is not a part of the education excellence we have crafted in all of our institutions of higher learning in our region for decades.

Rapid Revolution: Free concert April 16th

Rapid Revolution: Free concert April 16th

The Rapid Revolution is a concert to encourage participation in the May 3rd Millage.  It will be held Saturday, April 16th from 2:00pm - 7:00pm at Rosa Parks Circle.  It is organized by the Friends of Transit group, among others.

 

School Is Out? Hold Those Wrecking Balls For A Minute

School Is Out? Hold Those Wrecking Balls For A Minute

ELIZABETH HOFFMAN RANSFORD

Local Catholic church officials have their sights set on demolishing Saint Andrew's School in downtown Grand Rapids. But some have their sights set on a bigger picture.

Grand Rapids Walk For Choice on Feb. 26th

Beginning at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, the 2011 Walk For Choice event was created in response to Congressional anti-choice legislaiton, like The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3). Many walks will occur around the country as part of the international Walk For Choice day, and anyone interested in protecting access to reproductive rights is free to attend.

It begins at 12:00 p.m.; click here for more information.

Foreign Policy Lecture Series "Payback Time? The Global Financial Crisis" on Feb. 28th

 

On Feb. 28th, the Great Decisions American Foreign Policy Lecture Series topic will be "Payback Time? The Global Financial Crisis." Held at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, this panal discussion will dissect the US and developed countries fiscal viability matched against the need for new investments in health coverage, education, training, infrastructure and sustainability. Michigan Radio's Senior Policital Analysist Jack Lessenberry will moderate guests:

Dr. Hari Singh, GVSU

Dr. Dan Giedeman, GVSU

Dr. Harry Veryser, University of Detroit

Dr. Gary Wolfram, Hillsdale College

The discussion runs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., $10 fee for non-members, $5 for members/students with I.D. The series is presented by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. For more information, click here.

New State Representative Brandon Dillon sworn in

New State Representative Brandon Dillon sworn in

Release from Rep. Dillon's staff:

LANSING – State Representative Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) today was sworn in to his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives during a ceremony at the State Capitol marking the beginning of the 96th Legislature.

"I'm honored to represent our community and proud to continue serving as a strong voice for our neighbors in Grand Rapids," said Dillon, who previously served three years as a Kent County Commissioner. "Standing up for our residents means fighting for the things that they care about – good-paying jobs, an efficient state government that uses our tax dollars wisely and making sure our schools have the resources they need to give our kids a great education.