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Building a Better Block

Posted at 9:00 PM, May 17, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -A forgotten street in Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill neighborhood is going to get a temporary face-lift this weekend.  Volunteers with the “Build a Better Block” project are trying to prove that with a few minor changes State Street SE can become a vibrant part of the community again.  The plan includes installing temporary pop-up shops,  new streetscapes, and demonstration projects, like turning a vacant museum into a movie theater that serves beer.  The DDA has invested $15,000 in the experiment, hoping that it inspires new ideas and redevelopment.  The event runs both Saturday and Sunday.  The pubic is invited to come down and check it out.