Celebrating Development, Celebrating Gentrification: 2017 Projects in Grand Rapids

Celebrating Development, Celebrating Gentrification: 2017 Projects in Grand Rapids
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
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It is hard to go a week in Grand Rapids without one of the news sources celebrating the latest development project around town. The news media are rushing to praise whatever new project that is being proposed, so long as it means more growth.

One recent example is a posting on the site GRNOW.COM , which ran a headline on December 27 that read, The Most Anticipated Projects of 2017 .

The piece in GRNOW is not so much a news piece as it is a listing of the development projects expected to come to fruition in 2017. Besides the cheerleading narrative for each project, the article does begin by saying:
https://griid.org/2017/01/02/celebrating-development-celebrating-gentrification-2017-projects-in-grand-rapids/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

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It is hard to go a week in Grand Rapids without one of the news sources celebrating the latest development project around town. The news media are rushing to praise whatever new project that is being proposed, so long as it means more growth.

One recent example is a posting on the site GRNOW.COM, which ran a headline on December 27 that read, The Most Anticipated Projects of 2017

The piece in GRNOW is not so much a news piece as it is a listing of the development projects expected to come to fruition in 2017. Besides the cheerleading narrative for each project, the article does begin by saying:

After years of planning, Grand Rapids city leaders and developers are gearing up for a big year in Grand Rapids, probably the biggest boom in the city in 10 years; maybe ever. Here are some of the projects that we’ve…

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