…doing it with style

When Newsweek accused Grand Rapids, Michigan of being a’dying city’, the local residents weren’t happy. Between them they raised the $40,000 necessary to film the video below. On Sunday May 22nd,  most of the city centre was closed down and 5000 of them were involved in making this film, lip syncing to Don Maclean’s iconic American Pie. If you’re going to fight back a slur on your city – what a stylish way to do it!



It had been my intention to write up the findings of the interactive (r)awe map today. However, I have decided to give the map one more day to grow.In truth,the two are not entirely unrelated – since I find myself in awe of the planning, the pluck, and the sheer community spirit in this video.

God bless you – Grand Rapids!