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


Street Talk: Made in the shade

Grand Rapids’ goal of having a 40% tree canopy citywide by 2025 has some more green behind it.

Street Talk: Gold attendance stars

Michigan’s 38 senators and 110 representatives missed 3,791 roll call votes in 2020, according to the Missed Votes Report.

Street Talk: Muskegon makes listening a top priority

A pandemic with stay-at-home orders, online classrooms, virtual public meetings, cancelled community events, shuttered businesses and unprecedented election-year discord has left a relationship void between Muskegon citizens and their elected officials.

Street Talk: Community roots run deep

Roots Brew Shop in Grand Rapids has been able to keep its doors open by adapting and finding innovative ways to keep its customer base engaged amid ongoing COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

Street Talk: Take care with Medicare

Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Michigan-based nonprofit health plan, is cautioning consumers about a recent Medicare scam.

Street Talk: Home for Thanksgiving takes on new meaning

Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) is partnering with Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) to bring a healthy and nutritious Thanksgiving meal to Kent County families in need.

Street Talk: Kentwood wraps up new master plan

Following planning and community engagement efforts spanning more than three years, the city of Kentwood has adopted an updated Master Plan that serves as the city’s long-range vision for growth, land use, development and open space conservation.

Street Talk: This land is your land

Rockford-based Byrne Electrical, a manufacturer of power products, is putting its weight behind its stated mission of “making connections” by supporting six employees so far this year through the process of earning U.S. citizenship.

Street Talk: Poverty isn’t a game

A new interactive learning tool will give individuals and businesses a real-life look into the struggles that thousands of families living on the edge of poverty go through every day in West Michigan.

Street Talk: In support of reform

Prison Fellowship, a Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners and their families, is joining with other faith leaders in Michigan in supporting criminal justice reform.