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*GRAND RAPIDS - Michigan West*

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To all my Grand Rapids friends, my visit Saturday was spur of the moment. I look forward to the day when I can get an in-depth tour from you. Forgive any narration that isn't entirely correct. ;)

I fall in love with this city every time I visti. Grand Rapids is a funky town and there is a lot to explore there.

Michigan's "City By The River"

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Grand Rapids is becoming a major center for healthcare.

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Typical view from Belknap Hill. The new architecture will have a "step-down" effect as it is constructed within the slope.

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Bridgewater Place. The city's new tallest, Riverhouse, will rise attached on the left.

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The Grand Valley north of downtown.

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The Creston District

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Forgive my ignorance, but I'm not sure how many photos I am allowed to post as a set, so I'll add more later...

Grand Rapids' 3 skyline-defining towers...one more is on the rise.

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The West Leonard District. Grand Rapids has an abundance of active inner-city commercial strips.

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It's gritty!

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Downtown from the Ann Street Bridge (looking south).

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Union Square, school-to-condos, on the northwest edge of downtown.

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How "Chicago"!

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Yours truely tries to get crafty with the bridges.

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A lot of my photos came out tipsy that day. I was mad. This is from Sunset Street Lookout on the west side..

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Owp! New tower being built. :)

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It's a dense, urbane little burgh.

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That area in the distance with the radio tower is where I photographed the first set above ^.

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Sunset Street (neighborhood with the lookout).

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Back downtown on "Medical Hill".

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The GRAM - Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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I love the Rapid signs.

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I about pulled out my kazoo.

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Here's the site of the new hotel.

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...and rendering...

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GVSU Downtown is called the Pew Campus, but not because it stinks.

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The elevated freeway that slices through downtown is affectionately called, "The S-Curve". This is because it is in the shape of an S. ;)

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Site of the new Grand Rapids Art Museum in the heart of downtown.

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Historic loft conversions are taking over Monroe Mall.

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Odd diversity on Rosa Parks Circle.

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Popular photograph of Monroe Mall.

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Best name of an ice cream store evar!

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Lushish. I'm a sucker for good landscaping.

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Retail seems to be blossoming on Monroe Mall.

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As evidenced by downtown's primary grocery store.

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Well, shoot. I was fooled again.

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The "bookend" to Monroe Mall. I don't recall what its name is.

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...but it's where the Children's Museum is...

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I'm not done yet. More from this great city to come!:)

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Nice shots, looks like a pretty nice city. :D

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Fantastic photo tour Michi! I REALLY could not have done it better myself. :D More, more!!

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[Thanks, dadof3!]

South Division. This funky district on the south side of downtown appears to be under some major redevelopment! I would have to say it is my favorite among the commercial strips.

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The TLC is coming!

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I made friends along the way.

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St. Andrew's Cathedral

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Old warehouses are plentiful in the center city.

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Bends in the S-Curve. Call me crazy, but the sweeping traffic from many vantage points really gives the city an interesting pulse. Maybe that's just me though.

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The new transit terminal.

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Nicely done.

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Plaza Towers dominates the Grand Rapids skyline. The whole building is a combination of a hotel, apartments, and condos (hence the 3 sections).

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Dee-lish! :)

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Ionia Street

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The city's downtown arena.

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Parking garages are good for some things.

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Powered by indigestion.

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Envisioning the future.

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Lots of weddings that day.

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Wayfinding signage among the best I've come across!

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Another nice set Michi! :wub: South Division, and the entire Heartside Historic District (Ionia, Commerce), is going through a massive rebirth lately.

I don't know if it's your camera or what, but the different colored bricks are striking.

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Incredible collection of GR pics. It's number 2 on my list of cities I still have to visit in my home state.

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Once again nice pics and some interesting architecture too. :D

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It's always interesting to see the city through another's lens. Michi, you make the city shine (even on cloudy day!)

I give full credit to the photographer, not the camera, but I do have to ask...what are you shooting with? :)

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Very nice set of photos, Michi.

Great capturing of sights downtown. One of the first sets of photos I've seen on UP that have got upto the Creston neighborhood. Nice! I like that shot of DT from Plainfield by the Choo Choo Grill.

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Mich, these are awesome! Very well done!

BTW, does any G-Rap forumers know when some sort of downtown event occurs where there is food and activities. I went on a random trip I think around last June and there were thousands of people downtown and all these food stands. I want to go back when that happens.

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Wolverine:

Most likely it was Festival of the Arts. It's the largest all-volunteer festival in the country, and there's always a lot of food booths, multiple outdoor concert stages, and activities. :shades:

This year's poster created by artist Mic Carlson

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Mich, these are awesome! Very well done!

BTW, does any G-Rap forumers know when some sort of downtown event occurs where there is food and activities. I went on a random trip I think around last June and there were thousands of people downtown and all these food stands. I want to go back when that happens.

That is a lot of fun. I wish we did it more often.

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Thank you all very kindly for the replies. If you're the explorer type like me, there's never a dull moment in Grand Rapids as there is something around every corner. I had to have walked close to 10 miles, and with hills involved, I was pooped by the end of the day.

Even though it was cloudy, I was glad it didn't rain. I had to smile on my way home when I passed the South Beltline interchange and the first sprinkles started falling. :D

GRCentro, I don't have anything fancy for a camera. It's a Fugi FinePix S5100 Digital. I'm still practicing with it and learning new things.

Here's a link:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S5100/S51A.HTM

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Thanks for the nice pics. It may be the closest thing to actually visiting !

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Hope it's OK that I piggyback on this thread Michi? :D

Of course, May in GR means Attack of the Umbrellas

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Of course, it's ok! You know, I have never been to Grand Rapids on a weekday. I always tell myself the next time I go is going to be during the week. It never happens. D'oh! Looks greate. :)

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Nice pictures from everyone.

The fishing in GR is under-appreciated. There are always a ton of people out there hooking fish.

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The nighttime version

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After a long night of partying, DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE :thumbsup:

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...After a long night of partying, DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE :thumbsup:

There are 3 that look almost identical...are you sure you've sobered up yet?

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