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Near West Side




The Near West Side district is located across the Grand River from Center City.

 

The area is known for its working-class attitude, rich European traditions and, above all, resilience. The construction of the US 131 highway and Interstate 196 in the 1960's destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in the area. It also scarred the heart and soul of a community.

 

But today the Near West Side district is emerging as a much stronger and vibrant place than it was before the bulldozers. With Grand Valley State University expanding in the area; a thriving museum district; a growing selection of pubs, restaurants, and locally run shops; as well as aggressive investment in unique urban housing ventures; the Near West Side now stands on the leading edge of Grand Rapids' evolution into a thriving 21st century city.
 

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DEVforecast

A city for everyone: Changing what development means for Grand Rapids in 2017

From a dramatically different riverfront that’s meant to transform the city into an “urban playground for all ages” to a massive downtown theater complex and city-led talks centering around affordable housing and displacement, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty monumental year for development in Grand Rapids.

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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.

FTbike

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.

RGoldbars

Al Capone, hauntings & drinks on the sly: Exploring metro Grand Rapids' oldest bars

With the cement still drying on so many fresh bars and breweries, we thought Grand Rapidians deserved a look back at a few of the oldest watering holes in metro Grand Rapids —some that have kept their doors open for more than 100 years—for a seasoned perspective on the ambitious business owners that laid the foundation for today's entrepreneurs.

FTfood

Grand Rapids food scene in 2016: Where to eat, what to eat and how we should eat it

From new restaurants to many a craft cocktail and meals chock full of Michigan produce, 2016 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Grand Rapids food.
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