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Heartside





The place where art, entertainment, charity, and good eats converge, Heartside is located just southeast of the central city.

 

The historic district features a number of Grand Rapids' most popular destinations. The Van Andel Arena hosts major concerts, and is home to the Griffins hockey team, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Ionia Avenue is known for its vibrant nightlife. Avenue for the Arts, which runs along Division Avenue, showcases local artistic talent in shops and galleries. And the new Downtown Market, just South of Wealthy Street (not technically in Heartside, but close enough) provides a large selection of year-round produce and food options.

Housing in Heartside is on fire, where hundreds of repurposed industrial and early 19th Century commercial spaces have been converted into some of the best residential projects in the Midwest.

Heartside is recognized and celebrated for its compassion. So amidst the wi-fi coffee shops and modern lofts is a number of upstanding community kitchens, clothing banks, and other services for less fortunate citizens.

 

Heartside joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, it offers some of the more fashionable shopping, dining, and entertainment in the city.

 

 

Features

Dégagé Ministries Executive Director Marge Palmerlee

Dégagé Ministries' Marge Palmerlee on homelessness in GR, the greatness of Heartside & more

Dégagé Ministries Executive Director talks to Rapid Growth about supporting homeless individuals in Grand Rapids, why Heartside is already great, how to bridge the divide that can exist between businesses and social service agencies on South Division, and more.

Latesha Lipscomb

RapidChat: Latesha Lipscomb

As someone who has always been about both beauty and brains,  I GOT FACE Cosmetic Concierge business owner Latesha Lipscomb spends her days doing everything from talking conflict resolution and restorative justice to picking out the perfect peonies for an event — and everything in between.

GR

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.

FTtammy

Rapid Blog: The solution to homelessness is housing, and we can solve this crisis

What is needed to help those who are homeless in Grand Rapids? Safe, affordable housing, writes Tami VandenBerg, the Director of Well House.

FTparks

Growing roots: How Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is making the city's green spaces more inclusive

When the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks was struggling to connect with residents in underserved areas, they decided to change the way they were doing things. Part of that meant hiring a neighborhood liaison, Yiovanny Cornejo, who led the charge to make the city's green spaces more welcoming and active gathering places.
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