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?
We're the ones the pundits and scholars are talking about when they describe cities that are reinventing themselves by attracting young, well-educated knowledge workers. Grand Rapids ranked in the top 50 Creative Class communities in Richard Florida's The Rise of the Creative Class. As a result, Grand Rapids has been awarded major grants as part of Michigan's Cool City initiative.
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.