Category Archives: Neighborhood organizing

Citizens are critical of the City Recommendations for a Police Civilian Review Board in 1996

Editor’s Note: In the midst of ongoing Police and Community relations today, it is important to note that there have been numerous reports and recommendations on police abuse and community relations. The report referred to in this article from 1996 … Continue reading

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Roughly 4,000 people were displaced from highway construction through Grand Rapids: An interview with Fr. Dennis Morrow

This interview is re-posted from the Sept/Oct. 1996 issue of the FUNdamentalist, an independent newspaper that existed in Grand Rapids in the 1990s. This interview was with Fr. Dennis Morrow, a Catholic priest who has done slide shows for the … Continue reading

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Neighborhood wins battle against outside development forces in Grand Rapids 1997

This article first appeared in a September/October 1997 issue of the FUNdamentalist. Last month we posted another story about a development/gentrification project in the Belknap neighborhood. This article deals with a battle in the near south east part of Grand … Continue reading

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1991 Pamphlet demonstrates how Red Lining continued in Grand Rapids and what was being done to address it from the grassroots

Red Lining, a discriminatory practice by which banks, insurance companies, etc., refuse or limit loans, mortgages, insurance, etc., within specific geographic areas, especially inner-city neighborhoods, has long been a practice in Grand Rapids. One recent example if that of Mercantile … Continue reading

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Before the GVSU incursion into the Belknap neighborhood, Butterworth/Spectrum Hospital engaged in a hostile takeover in the 1990s

It has been known for a couple of years now that Grand Valley State University (GVSU) has been making plans to expand into the Belknap neighborhood, specifically north of the 196 freeway. The GVSU expansion has been met with mixed … Continue reading

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