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

Green

57 Reasons to Live in West Michigan Reason #28: Going Green

It's a fact: Grand Rapids is going green. We now have the country's highest number of LEED-certified buildings per capita, with ratings from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency, superior indoor air quality, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
We also have green design firms, homes built with green materials, and corporations that have made sustainability a priority. We even offer one of the country's first Sustainable Business degrees (Aquinas College).
That's a mouthful, but what it means is that our communities - from elected officials on down - are leading the rest of the country in sustainability and energy independence.
See also: GRAM

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

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