For those of you who were residents of Grand Rapids back in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, what great things come to mind when thinking of our city?
Woodfield Mall and the opening of Meijer Thrifty Acres at Kalamazoo Ave. and 28th St. were the big attractions in town. The fish ladder gave us a little notoreity, but not much else at the time. And unless you shopped at Herpolsheimer’s, you most likely never ventured downtown.
Fast forward to 2016.
Grand Rapids has made dramatic changes in the last 15-20 years – from the construction of the “Medical Mile”, to the gentrification and redevelopment of the downtown area, being designated the “Beer City” of the United States, and host to what is now the internationally known event called Art Prize.
We have so much to be proud of as residents of Grand Rapids. It would be safe to say that no other city in the U.S. has made more positive changes over the last 20 years than our city.
Check out this video of Grand Rapids, it embodies the spirit of our town and illustrates the huge changes that have been made to make this town one of the best in the United States!