Each month, we take a look back to see which articles resonated most with readers. Our Facebook coverage of the Showboat demolition was viewed more than 23,000 times, making it the piece of content that garnered the most interest on social media. However, on the website itself, readers were clicking on articles that represented a mix of state, city and school news.
Here’s a look at most-read articles on Lowell’s First Look during February 2019.
5. Press Release: Rep. Albert: Michigan House plan includes funding support for Lowell Regional Park
Taking the fifth place spot for February 2019 was this press release from State Representative Thomas Albert. It announced a vote by the House Committee on Appropriations to spend $683,200 from the Natural Resources Trust Fund to expand a Lowell Regional Park. You can read more about this greenspace park, which is Lowell Charter Township along Cascade Road, in the Kent County Parks Master Plan.
Each year, the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce holds a winter gathering. Members and non-members alike are invited to share a good meal and good conversation as annual awards are presented. Carol Briggs took home the 2019 Person of the Year Award and have we mentioned how excited we were to be named the 2019 Best Business to Watch? Our recap of the evening was the fourth most-read story from February.
The police beat is a favorite for many of our readers, and February brought a double dose of police activity as we combined December and January. This article provided a peek at the many ways our local police force makes Lowell a better place – from helping seniors stay warm in the frigid cold to rescuing domestic abuse victims from dangerous situations. There’s a lot to unpack in last month’s police beat, but what we really can’t stop thinking about is the cow who’s apparently living the dream on 6 Mile Rd.
The second most popular article from February outlined the many issues plaguing the Riverview Flats project. Since this article was posted, the City of Lowell apparently told developers they weren’t interested in vacating High Street, which leads to the boat ramp and handicap accessible kayak and canoe launch. Rather than continue to negotiate, developers instead sent the city a $1.53 million invoice for rent since utility lines run under a portion of their property. Developers wanted to do a land swap with the city to give their condominiums larger patio spaces and with the swap apparently off the table, it appears uncertain whether the Riverview Flats project will move forward with smaller patios or be scrapped entirely.
In the wake of what felt like a never ending string of snow days, we chatted with Lowell Area Schools Superintendent Greg Pratt to learn more about how snow days were called and whether the school year would be extended. He also updated us on some renovations occurring at the former St. Mary School and his thoughts on whether Lowell kids would be in class before Labor Day again this year. The article touched on diverse topics, and it was the most-read story on Lowell’s First Look in February 2019.
Did your favorite article make the list? Which story did you like best last month?