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West Side is the Best Side

posted Aug 23, 2012, 8:08 AM by Kayla Reidel

We all love the West Side and now there is a project that lets us show it!

The Project: A portrait series of over 200 of my neighbors. The images will be printed 3 ft x 4.5 ft accompanied by their handwritten words expressing the positive attributes they see, or would like to see on the west side of Grand Rapids. Our neighbors will come together the last week of August, wheat paste the images on buildings across the community, clean up the area surrounding the installation and plant perenial flowers that will represent our ongoing commitment to new life here.

The Goal: To encourage a positive sense of pride and establish a new identity as a community that nurtures growth, collaboration and unity. The west side is not a stereotype, broken buildings or abandoned business. WE are the west side.

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