Street Talk

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


Street Talk: Reaching critical mass

Heart-stopping shopping.

November 27, 2015
Downtown parking is certainly on the minds of many people in Grand Rapids, and everyone wants to talk about it. Read More

Street Talk: Economic reality check

Billion-dollar question.

November 20, 2015
Michigan Future Inc. recently released its first report in nearly a decade evaluating the performance of the state during an “expanding Michigan economy.” Read More

Street Talk: Homeward bound

Write to protest.

November 13, 2015
Business Journal 40 Under Forty honoree Graci Harkema is on the journey of a lifetime. Read More

Street Talk: Affairs of the heart

Going to market.

November 6, 2015
For someone whose job depends on interacting with high-ranking world leaders and hobnobbing with some of the country’s leading intellectuals, it’s not often Dixie Anderson, executive director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, finds herself at a loss for words. Read More

Street Talk: Follow the money

Hungry like a Wolf.

October 30, 2015
Just for fun (and because the Business Journal always follows the money), let’s ask an economist his views on last week’s GOP presidential debate. Read More

Street Talk: Will Holland facility power new Chevy Bolt?

Getting started.

October 23, 2015
A Big Three automaker visited its Holland lithium ion battery supplier last week and got tongues wagging about what exactly that visit might mean for the supplier’s future production. Read More

Street Talk: The great housing strategy

Cancer killer.

October 16, 2015
While Grand Rapids receives recognition as a great place to live, work and play, the demand for housing and affordable solutions has become an important topic of conversation. Read More

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