Editorial

Commentary on the news that's shaping West Michigan.

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ArtPrize’s worth goes far beyond the art

April 20, 2018
The Business Journal has opined a few times in the last nine years that the thrill of ArtPrize would be short(er) lived without community support of the cash kind. Read More

Why we are who we are

April 13, 2018
Three items in today’s Business Journal taken together represent the quintessential West Michigan. Read More

Parking narrative full of little white lies

April 6, 2018
D-Day, demolition day, is upon us. Read More

‘Vital’ action required for overdue parking issue

March 30, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids will be cited for its “Vital Streets” plan this month, and while the Business Journal offers congratulations for the professional planners association’s recognition of adherence to process and the city’s adoption of national goals to significantly reduce vehicular traffic while increasing pedestrian, bicycle and public transit, we believe such an occasion begs the problem solving left unfinished. Read More

This broken record needs to be fixed

March 23, 2018
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Read More

Tariff plan needs amendment to allow for advance planning

March 16, 2018
Business Journal reporting on the impact of President Donald Trump’s proposed steel and aluminum tariffs shows even the suggestion of such a policy shift already had pushed prices by 8 percent. Read More

2018 report: Michigan third-graders are now the ‘lowest-performing students in the U.S.’

March 9, 2018
The Business Journal is reporting on no fewer than three significant announcements from Gov. Rick Snyder, from Business Leaders for Michigan and an analysis by The Right Place Inc. regarding its failed proposal vying for the Amazon HQ2 project. Read More

Airport plans provide economic ‘domino’ effect

February 23, 2018
The Business Journal is reporting in greater depth on a new master plan and commercial development opportunities at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

Further analysis needed for large hotel development

February 16, 2018
The Business Journal is reporting on consecutive years of hotel occupancy rate increases; the reasons for that growth were underscored in the recent GRBJ Newsmakers of the Year awards. Read More

Education funding targeting vulnerable students rather than whole districts deserves discussion

February 9, 2018
Gov. Rick Snyder released details of his budget spending plan for the next fiscal year, targeting June approval by the Michigan legislature. Read More