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"Why can't we be more like Grand Rapids?" - The Patriot Ledger - Boston

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If you love Grand Rapids, be prepared to feel a heck of a lot of pride:

Commentary from America's Heartland - "Why can't we be more like Grand Rapids?"

Too many interesting tidbits to list about a Boston writer's first visit to Grand Rapids, and her impressions.

Thank you JoAnn Fitzpatrick (and thanks user InSecurity for the link :thumbsup: ).

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Probably didn't hurt that we've had excellent weather recently as well. However, a very nice article and a good read. Three cheers and a beer to GR!

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my skin is tingling and i have goosebumps!!! We must be doing something right! Kaz, were going to the BOB for a drink if you wanna come!!

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Makes me want to brag about calling GR home. :tough:

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I'm in love with this lady...the city should name something after her. How about we change Rosa Parks Circle to Joann Fitzpatrick Park Circle ( Did Rosa even visit GR...?) I'm joking of course, but I wish there was something we could do....

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Nice article, but why do all reporters insist Ford's library is here?

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Nice article, but why do all reporters insist Ford's library is here?

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What a nice article, it's nice to know we are doing something right here.

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Grand Rapids might be doing a lot right and we just don't know it. But when you're concentrating so hard on making improvements, you tend to overlook the progress that's been made. :blush:

Vandertown, I'm going to send this link to the City. If it were me, I'd send her a thank you basket with an invitation to come back for a free weekend to visit the sights (if she didn't get to see a lot while she was here).

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America's Heartland?

Good article though, how did you happen upon it?

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Very cool! Doesn't even sound like she came here knowing she'd be writing a story about us. I know the CVB occasionally carts boatloads of travel journalists around GR and the Lakeshore - she wasn't one of those. We all inspired her! YAY!

I wonder if she bought anything downtown?! :whistling:

*fish

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Just this morning I received this article as it was sent around our office.

Everyone here is very proud. I've got a meeting at city hall this afternoon and will make sure they know about it!

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An awesome article. And so true! :) Good to see our fine city getting some press.

Joe

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America's Heartland?

Good article though, how did you happen upon it?

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America's Heartland?

Good article though, how did you happen upon it?

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The provincialism does seep through, doesn't it. I guess it is 'nice' to be perceived as 'cleanly'.

We should all chip in and send her a lovely gift basket full of fine soaps and aromatic bath oils...

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Very cool! Doesn't even sound like she came here knowing she'd be writing a story about us. I know the CVB occasionally carts boatloads of travel journalists around GR and the Lakeshore - she wasn't one of those. We all inspired her! YAY!

I wonder if she bought anything downtown?! :whistling:

*fish

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Vandertown, I'm going to send this link to the City. If it were me, I'd send her a thank you basket with an invitation to come back for a free weekend to visit the sights (if she didn't get to see a lot while she was here).

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Maybe I'll print off a few copies of her article and leave them around at places in town.

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This one is making the rounds with many of the top ballers in town. I'm sure it's especially pleasing for the guys who have invested decades/millions of dollars in Downtown!

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