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Construction begins on Plainfield

Construction begins on Plainfield

By: Pete Tabberer
From: http://www.crestongr.com


A massive construction project has begun on Plainfield Ave through the heart of the Creston business district. The project, which began on June 11 and is scheduled for completion on Au-gust 25, involves resurfacing from Leonard to Ann, utility improve-ments and the eagerly awaited bio-retention islands.

The seven bio-retention islands are being installed thanks to our local business community. Creston businesses spearheaded an effort to raise over $128,000 to match a grant from the Michigan Depart-ment of Transportation.

The islands will beautify the ar-ea, increase pedestrian and traffic safety and help protect the envi-ronment by filtering stormwater. The bio-retention islands are the first of their kind to be installed in Grand Rapids.

What do You Want Your Streets to say About Your Community?

What do You Want Your Streets to say About Your Community?

News Release:

The Sustainable Streets Task Force is asking City residents and business owners to help in setting a vision for the future of the community’s streets. Public meetings have been scheduled to gather input.

All meetings will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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.
 

Lane closure on I-96

Lane closure on I-96

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  If you are traveling on I-96 near the Plainfield exit be prepared for a traffic slow down.  The right lane on I-96 westbound from 3 Mile Road to the Plainfield exit will be closed for shoulder work today.  The right lane will open back up at 4pm.

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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One Driver's take on saving Gas & Money

One Driver's take on saving Gas & Money

Today I received a call at work from Rick Hill who lives in Grand Rapids, MI. Rick told me about a way that he is now saving gas and money.

Rick drives a 2007 Chevy Equinox and puts on approximately 50,000 miles a year as a salesman. Like most people, he pushed the speed limit whenever he could but just recently decided he was going to bring his speed down to 65 when driving on the highways.  In doing this, Rick said the mileage on his vehicle has improved 7 miles per gallon, thus saving him money also.

Rick did not want to be interviewed but thought this information would be beneficial to other people who have a heavy foot when driving.