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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.


Local floral designer, Posh Petals, ups the ante on elegance with new West Side digs


Longtime yoga lover opens first 'mindful Vinyasa' hot yoga studio on GR's West Side


Sights set on expanding career training and more, WMCAT announces new West Side home


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

New Sovengard Biergarten on Bridge Street blends Midwest mindset with Scandinavian spirit


After community push to support Polish Falcons Aid Society of GR, historic group takes flight


OST acquisition of Visualhero Design is necessary combination of strengths in changing tech industry

People's Cider Co. joins Long Road Distillery, Mitten Brewing Co. with new Leonard St. tasting room

Integrated communications, marketing firm makes three new hires, plans for expanded HQ

The Mitten State to open new retail space in GR's West Side

From left, Sergio Cira Reyes, Andrew Sisson, Karl Williams and Katie Booms.

Equity, inclusion and hope on the West Side of Grand Rapids


Keeping backyard birds: Urban chicken farmers sound off on new permit

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