Community reacts to 'New Heights' documentary

Reaction to New Heights: Restoring a City

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MICH. - Thursday night, WZZM 13 aired a documentary that takes you inside Muskegon Heights and looks at how the community is working to change its future, and overcome its stigma of violence and poverty.

Since airing "New Heights: Restoring A City," it has gotten an overwhelming response on social media and is inspiring others to do more in their community.

The documentary looks back at the heyday of Muskegon Heights and the many factors that led to the city's decline. But, then it takes a turn to highlight all the the good that's happening as the community rallies together to create a hopeful future.

New Heights: Restoring a City

From the reopening of the farmers market, to new sports programs for the community's youth -- leaders and citizens alike are working to shape a brighter course for the Heights and to change the city's image.

Friday morning, community leaders in Muskegon County who saw the special say they will be looking for ways to keep positive conversations about Muskegon Heights and action in the city going.

One way to do that may be with a possible community showing of the special that would include public dialogue.

"We want to live work and play among each other, and I know most people want that," said Chris McGuigan, President/CEO Community Foundation Muskegon County. "So yes, we are interested in a dialogue and we loved that show."

"I do not think the county wants to move forward without Muskegon Heights being part of that momentum," said Andy O'Riley of Positively Muskegon. "They are our neighbors and our friends, and if you look at Muskegon County you have Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Roosevelt Park, Norton Shores, they are all one big area.

"I consider Muskegon, Fruitport to Whitehall, that is my Muskegon -- and that includes the Heights."

There are no firm plans right now for a community showing, but a member of the Muskegon Rotary's Diversity & Inclusion committee hopes that can happen this fall..

If you missed the documentary, or want to watch it again, the full hour is posted at this link.


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