Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
This raucous teen hit was written by an East Grand Rapids High School graduate and supposedly based on his experiences there. For instance, the kids go to East Great Falls High School. The hot dog shop they frequent, Dog Years, is actually called Yesterdog and is located in the alternative Eastown area just west of East Grand Rapids. Local teens have spent many hours trying to find all the references to their hometown. See also: Eastown
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