Street Talk

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


Street Talk: Racism does happen here


October 9, 2015
Prominent antiracist writer and educator Tim Wise visited Grand Rapids recently as part of the annual LINC UP Community Spirit Awards. Read More

Street Talk: Birthday wishes

Beer cheer!

October 2, 2015
The Right Place is celebrating its 30th birthday this month. Read More

Street Talk: Enough with the beer

Chinese symbols.

September 25, 2015
Here’s a point to ponder: Did the citizens of Grand Rapids in the 1940s and ’50s ever get sick of the Furniture City moniker? Read More

Street Talk: Welcome to Grand Rapids

Meet and greet.

September 18, 2015
Grand Rapids doesn’t have an official “welcome mat,” but now it has an official title — and a statue. Read More

Street Talk: Freed has new priorities

Say cheese.

September 11, 2015
Twenty years with the same organization is a long time for anyone. Read More

Street Talk: Actions speak louder than words

Eyes have it.

September 4, 2015
Last week’s discussion of wage gap advancement for women (or lack thereof) in Grand Rapids spurred some discussion among readers, many of whom could not believe some River City employers are still operating in the “Dark Ages.” Read More

Street Talk: It’s all about the money

Gone fishin’.

August 28, 2015
With all the “top” lists on which Grand Rapids has appeared — and they are legion — it’s a couple of the “bottom” lists that are most troubling. Read More

Street Talk: Leadership and character

Archaic laws.

August 21, 2015
Community pillars do what they do, not for any recognition, but because they see something that needs to be done and get it done. Read More

Street Talk: Building better relationships

Safe sales.

August 14, 2015
It pays to work well with others because sometimes they hold your fate in their hands. Read More

Street Talk: Local revolution

Sky show.

August 7, 2015
The words “buy local” mean many things to many people, but what it really boils down to is the choice to support your neighbor in his or her business venture. Read More