Making Grand Rapids home is an ongoing process. Walking the streets and stopping to talk to a friend on your way somewhere is an example of making your city. Sometimes when I have a package to send out from the post office I'll walk instead of taking my bike just to slow things down a bit. I might stop by Argos book store and look through their collection of old Life magazines for a little shot of nostalgia and have a talk with Jim before I go back out on the street.
Going down to the Fulton street farmer's market to pick up some fresh produce and a gallon of milk for the days meals I can be sure to run in to a friend of two. The market on a Saturday almost feels like some kind of entertainment/food festival with all the buskers that layer up at both ends in the warm weather.
We like being able to walk to the Wealthy Theater for a show like Salmagundi last week and enjoy modern dance and live music. We took in the Eastown Street Fair and Brenda had some paintings in one of the Art Peers venues. Today we are helping Rose install her Art Prize piece at Hoi Polloi called Patch Work.
It is interesting to consider how we shape a city and how the city shapes us. If you want it, you can have a dynamic relationship with the city where you live. Think about what you want it to be and what you can do to bring it there.