Street Talk

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


Street Talk: Water, water everywhere

10-4, good buddy.

February 12, 2016
As the national outrage over Flint’s water crisis grows more fervent — and the calls for Gov. Rick Snyder’s ouster more strident — let’s not overlook the local scene. Read More

Street Talk: Taking a shot at change

Glass half full.

February 5, 2016
Immunization waiver rates plummeted in 2015, thanks to a change to the law that took effect in January of last year. Read More

Street Talk: Transit workers throw Snyder under the bus

Art direction.

January 29, 2016
Who’s responsible for the tragedy that is Flint’s water crisis? Read More

Street Talk: Keeping a promise

Get the lead out.

January 22, 2016
When the Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority received approval from the Michigan Department of Treasury last fall to move forward with its development plan, officials were faced with the task of raising two years’ worth of private funding before securing part of the state education tax to support the scholarship initiative. Read More

Street Talk: A lasting legacy

Way with words.

January 15, 2016
A lot of memories can be packed into a century of living. Read More

Street Talk: Trumped-up charges?

Pass the word.

January 8, 2016
With the Iowa Caucus just three weeks away, concerns about the presidential candidates are starting to surface in the West Michigan business community. Read More

Street Talk: Holland hopes energy reduction pays off

Tip tips.

January 1, 2016
The city of Holland is competing to win $5 million, and its chances of scoring the prize are good. Read More

Street Talk: A division among ranks

Gas bubble.

December 25, 2015
Earlier this month, the Grand Rapids Police Department received both support and a healthy dose of apprehension from city commissioners when the department asked to acquire rifles for each of its 59 patrol vehicles. Read More

Street Talk: The $1 million question

White-glove test.

December 18, 2015
A team of Grand Valley State University students and alumni is competing to change the world with their ideas and win $1 million in the process. Read More

Street Talk: A competitive game

Birthday month.

December 11, 2015
Michigan lawmakers plan to scale back tax break legislation designed to land a mega-Internet data center in the state. Read More