Love for West Michigan!

57 Reasons To Live, Work & Play in West Michigan

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?

Featured Reason to Love West Michigan

Rosa Parks Circle

57 Reasons to Live in West Michigan Reason #45: Rosa Parks Circle

This popular gathering place was designed by Maya Lin, the world-renowned
architect and sculptor who is responsible for the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, this space is anchored by a large amphitheatre that converts to a lighted ice skating rink in the winter. Little-known fact (even to natives): under the ice are 166 fiber-optic lights that represent the midnight sky as it looked above Michigan on January 1, 2000.
During the summer, Wednesday nights at the Circle are dedicated to free Blues
on the Mall concerts that draw everyone from office workers to Harley riders.
Not to mention office workers who are also Harley riders.

All the Reasons to Love West Michigan

Average Age
American Pie
Arena
Art
Beaches
Big Lake
Breweries
Calder
Celebrities
Clubs
Cottages
Creative Class/Cool City

Dog Parks
Eastown
Ethnicity
Farmer's Markets
Ferries
Festivals
Film
Fish Ladder
Fine Dining
Fluoride
Ford, Gerald R.
Frank Lloyd Wright House

Furniture City
Gardens, Frederik Meijer
GRAM
Green
Heartside
Heritage Hill
Higher Education
Horse, Da Vinci
Indian Mounds
Kites
Lake Effect Snow
Lighthouses

Medical Mile
Millennium Park
Mitten
Museums
Ox-Bow
Philanthropy
Polar Express
River Bank Run
Rosa Parks Circle
Sculpture
Skateboard Parks
Sports Teams
Status Chairs

Traffic
Trails
Tulip Time
Up North
Weather Ball
West Coast
Wines
Zoo

Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.

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