Street Talk

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


Street Talk: Scammers play fair

Greek to us.

July 3, 2015
With all the rich Nigerians, “Microsoft support” people and pharmaceutical “doctors” stuffing in-boxes and calling landlines, one might think businesses are somewhat immune to scam artists. Read More

Street Talk: A Rolls Royce of a philanthropist

Color of money.

June 26, 2015
The death of one of Grand Rapids’ patron saints of the arts is being felt throughout the community. Read More

Street Talk: The two-minute warning

Time away.

June 19, 2015
Thursday’s groundbreaking for the Grand Rapids Research Center (MSU nowhere in sight in that title) got the ball rolling on an $88.1 million development that is sure to change the makeup of downtown Grand Rapids in the years to come. Read More

Street Talk: Road to nowhere


June 12, 2015
Never let it be said that Michigan residents are ambivalent about the condition of the state’s roads. Read More

Street Talk: Our grandparents’ mistake surcharge

Hole truth.

June 5, 2015
The legacy of landfills — or dumps, as everybody called them when Grandpa was a kid — is an expensive legacy we are still dealing with today. Read More

Street Talk: Law firms in flux

Breakfast fuel.

May 29, 2015
Mergers and acquisitions are persistent big news throughout the business world — and that includes the world of law firms. Literally, the world. Read More

Street Talk: The American way

Movie madness.

May 22, 2015
Amway Corp. sells more than just products. Read More

Street Talk: Diamonds in the rough

Principal feat.

May 15, 2015
Everybody is looking for that first big break. Read More

Street Talk: Going with the flow

The Golden Shoe.

May 8, 2015
The Grand River restoration bandwagon keeps picking up passengers. Read More

Street Talk: Grand Rapids’ international immersion

Ode joy!

May 1, 2015
The May dates of regional celebrations and awards marking area international trade will be given additional highlight at month’s end when Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima make their first official visit to the United States, including a stop in Grand Rapids June 2. Read More