The stretch of Eastern Ave SE between Franklin Ave SE and Wealthy Street forms the border between Baxter and Madison Area Neighborhoods. Both of these neighborhoods suffer from historic marginalization and show significantly higher averages of unemployment, lower educational achievement, and poverty levels, when compared to the City of Grand Rapids as a whole.
With funding from Dyer-Ives, LINC is leading a community-driven area planning and opportunity mapping project for the neighborhoods surrounding Eastern/Franklin and Eastern/Wealthy. This project will assess the resources currently present and gaps in opportunity in each of these areas, while providing a plan to guide future physical and social development.
In true LINC fashion, all of this work will be completed through robust partnerships with other non-profits, churches and stakeholders and the project will be guided by the ‘voice of the community’ as residents work together to identify their hopes for the future of their neighborhood.
The first community planning meeting will be announced soon!