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Eastown


Located comfortably between the inner suburb of East Grand Rapids and the resurgent East Hills neighborhood, Eastown is the seat of the city's alternative, hipster scene. Some refer to the area as the 'Greenwich Village of Grand Rapids.'

The district also is known as the city's gathering place. With coffee shops like Kava House, blues bars like Billy's, and one-of-a-kind restaurants like Yesterdog and Wolfgang's, Eastown draws an eclectic mix people from all over the city for breakfast, lunch, and night life.

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RapidChat: Jeffrey Songco on making the leap from San Fran to GR, pushing boundaries with art & more

Five years after his very first ArtPrize competition, artist Jeffrey Songco took the leap and moved to Grand Rapids this past fall. An artist who was raised in New Jersey by immigrant Filipino parents, his artwork explores, as he describes, "a narrative of an anxious American guy celebrating a contemporary world of multiple identities." His work has taken him all over, but after being inspired by the people he met while participating in ArtPrize, he knew this city is where he wanted to start putting down some roots.

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Tackling racism in business: How Grand Rapids can make the economy work for everyone

Grand Rapids has been ranked as one of the worst cities in the country for African Americans when it comes to economic opportunity. To combat this, community leaders recently gathered at a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses summit to tackle what must be done to make GR, and West Michigan, a more equitable place.

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Pushing us past the ordinary: Five chefs who are changing the way we eat in Grand Rapids

From serving dishes in top-secret dining spots to carefully crafting globally-inspired meals with local ingredients, these Grand Rapids chefs are changing what we eat and how we eat it. They are redefining the traditional dining space and pushing us to think past the ordinary.

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Loving, living & leaving: Why we call Grand Rapids home, why we don't & what that means for our city

What makes a city a home? And, specifically, what makes Grand Rapids a place where people want to lay down roots? Or, on the other hand, want to leave? Current and former Grand Rapidians, from CEOs and entrepreneurs to musicians and retirees, weigh in on what our city does well to make people stay — and what it could do better.

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Life on two wheels: How Grand Rapids is transforming itself into a bicycle-friendly city

For the past six years, Grand Rapids has set its sights on becoming a bicycle-friendly city. After nearly 80 miles of bike lanes have been implemented, with more in the works, a dramatic change in the transportation landscape has led to growing pains. City officials and grassroots leaders are now attempting to navigate these challenges in order to become one of the country's best metropolises for those on two wheels.
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