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Public Involvement for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan is Heating Up this Summer

Public Involvement for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan is Heating Up this Summer

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Two public forums for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan have been announced for this summer on Monday, June 11th and Monday, June 18th.

Everyone is encouraged to attend both Monday forums and participate in hands-on activities that will let planners know community priorities. The first forum of the series, focused on "Discovery and Discussion," will determine the overall design philosophy that should be applied to future land use scenarios. Then, the following week at the second public forum, the community will be able to review "Details and Design" to see if land use maps and transportation ideas match up with what they would like to see. Each forum will have two identical sessions in order to accommodate the greatest number of people.

Discovery and Discussion Forum

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.
 

Michigan Transportation Odyssey

Michigan Transportation Odyssey

by Tom Clynes

“After the Greeks won the Trojan War, it took Odysseus about 10 years to get from Troy to Ithaca,” says James Bruckbauer, policy specialist at the Michigan Land Use Institute. “Unless you’re in a car or an airplane, getting around Michigan can often seem as difficult.”
 
Bruckbauer was one of 15 unwavering transportation advocates who embarked on the Michigan Transportation Odyssey, a 350-mile cross-state journey using only public transit. The mid-March Odyssey was conceived as a way to demonstrate both the opportunities and challenges of Michigan’s statewide public transport system. The three-day event was organized by Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M), a coalition created to help make Michigan communities more livable and robust through transportation policy reform.
 

Complete Streets

Complete Streets

by K.G. Wassus

“Struck by vehicle” should have no place in an obituary, but from 2001-2009, it found its way into 1,468 death notices, and cost Michigan $6.31 billion. In Michigan, non-motorized pedestrian safety has been a struggle. Our state now ranks 19th nationally on the Pedestrian Danger Index, making Michigan’s informal title, “America’s High Five,” seem like somewhat of a misnomer. But how has Michigan sunk so low?
 
Unsafe street and road design play a big role in pedestrian deaths, experts say.
 
Imagine a Michigan road system where the right to walk is afforded the same respect as the right to drive, where riding a bike doesn’t mean risking imminent death, and where a handicapped person can use public transit without having to strong-arm a wheelchair up a curb. The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition seeks to make that vision a reality.
 
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13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

As the winter turns to spring, more and more potholes start to appear throughout West Michigan. We would like you to tell us where the worst potholes can be found.

If you've come across a really bad pothole in your neighborhood, please leave a comment below to let us know where we can find it.

Also, if you can safely get a photo, email those to pics@wzzm13.com along with your name, phone number, and location where the photo was taken.

As comments and photos come in, WZZM13 will publicize the worst of the worst in an effort to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

People I've met while riding The Rapid

People I've met while riding The Rapid

by Gwendolyn Nathan

As a regular rider on The Rapid, I've met many interesting people and even learned a few lessons.

I ride The Rapid to go back and forth to work and to run small errands. Central Station is conveniently located near downtown Grand Rapids. Route information, scheduling and connections are easily accessible and the bus drivers are friendly and willing to help you if you need to know how and where to connect while you ride.   

Since I’ve been riding The Rapid, I started watching people's faces, wondering about their destinations. I began to read what I saw in different faces.  

Monroe/Market Dowtown Is Open

Monroe/Market Dowtown Is Open

Phase one of construction on Fulton downtown moves to phase two. The intersection of Fulton and Monroe/Market is now open in 3 of the four directions. Market/Monroe is open both North and South. Fulton is open heading in or out from the west.