Street Talk

A casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what's being said around town.


Street Talk: Leaders of the pack

History markers and makers.

April 29, 2016
West Michigan’s business community has been blessed with abundant — and visionary — leaders, past and present. Read More

Street Talk: Down the drain

Call to action.

April 22, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the Flint water crisis, and Michiganders now consider city infrastructure the state’s biggest problem, according to Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey. Read More

Street Talk: Silver screen sirens

Home run.

April 15, 2016
Craig Smith is ready for golf season to start. Read More

Street Talk: A driving dialogue

Fashion sense.

April 8, 2016
Transit, a hot topic in the region, will take a new conversational path later this week as the 2016 Public Transportation and Universities Conference rolls into Grand Rapids. Read More

Street Talk: The downtown dilemma

Haiku for you.

April 1, 2016
Is Grand Rapids frothing its way toward a downtown development bubble? Read More

Street Talk: Slam-dunk design

Bird’s-eye view.

March 25, 2016
Sometimes Grand Rapids imports design talent to make the city more aesthetically pleasing, but sometimes it also exports it. Read More

Street Talk: A real education

Treasure hunt.

March 18, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder was in town last week to discuss an issue that hasn’t exactly made him popular among Michigan’s teachers: education. Read More

Street Talk: A long death march

Sprouting seeds.

March 11, 2016
Nothing is certain but death and … voting? Read More

Street Talk: Connecting the dots

Objection collection.

March 4, 2016
As John Wheeler discussed his investments in downtown Grand Rapids, he made sure to cite the top 11 resurgent cities in the Midwest identified in a report by CBRE. Read More

Street Talk: Downtown's Doughnut

House of cards.

February 26, 2016
With the public and private sectors getting a better grasp on the retail needs of West Michigan at the International Council of Shopping Centers P3 Conference on Tuesday, many residents will wonder, “When’s a grocery store coming to downtown?” Read More