Question of the Week: Why does poverty seem to be the area’s growth industry?

broke monopoly manAre we importing poverty for the industries that benefit from it?

Why does it appear we are developing more and more social programs? Are the social service agencies driving their own growth? There is no doubt these agencies and nonprofits contain some of the highest compensated jobs in the area. Are we in danger of these groups driving their own growth for monetary reasons?  These are the questions that give rise to the real question:  “Is poverty the area’s new growth industry?”

The public is invited to comment.

Why are there so many vacant buildings?

Grand Rapids Voice asks you the public for your opinion and your comments on the question of why are there so many businesses and commercial properties in the area that are vacant, for sale or for rent?

Is there something happening here that’s causing these vacancies that we can correct?

As more and more private homes and commercial properties come on the market for sale, what does it do to your home value and ultimately you and your families wealth?

Would it be nicer to live in a home that is appreciating in value instead of one that is depreciating in value? Where is this value going and who receives it? Can we stop the bleeding or is it our ultimate destiny?

We have posted photos of a few of the more obvious closed businesses and or properties for sale or rent on the main streets of Grand Rapids and will be posting more photos as we widen the scope of this article.

Do we need a new direction?  Is there need to hold elected officials more accountable?  Is there need to vote for or hire new leadership?  Is there need for  more money for economic development and less government intervention or is there a need for more government involvement?

These are the topics on which we would like you, the people and your voice be heard. We will allow you to comment anonymously however we reserve the right to edit out any profanity and explicit or inappropriate content. We will be expanding the list of properties over the coming months along with your comments.

In the future the scope of this post will be expanded to include listings of non-property tax paying and tax advantaged properties in the area.  Many of these properties are city owned, county owned and nonprofit owned parcels and are listed on the county tax roles. Your comments are welcome.

-GRV-

Sorry folks, I felt that the comments on Muslims were diverting us off of the topic regarding closed businesses in Grand Rapids.  So I pulled them from the post.  The comments on Muslims  have not been deleted.  Maybe we could  begin a different discussion of the Muslim issue as it also seems to be a “Hot Button Item”.  Thanks for your understanding.   -GRV Moderator-

This Data is Worth a Thousand Words

What does the data tell you?

This Data is Worth a Thousand Words
This Data is Worth a Thousand Words

 

Source: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Source: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

 

Source: US Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Source: US Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

Source: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis , The White House Office of Management and Budget
Source: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis , The White House Office of Management and Budget

 

Source: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Source: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

 

Source: U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source: U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Source: U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source: U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Source: U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source: U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce, Census Bureau
Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce, Census Bureau

 

Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce, Census Bureau
Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce, Census Bureau