Grand Rapids; a good place to live?
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Since: Oct 12

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#186 Feb 14, 2014
Oneal wrote:
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Haha Rusks!! I love Fricanos Pizza too (which has branched our into Grand Rapids) but that greasy pizza is more of a once or twice a year guilty pleasure for us.
Matjes ... Covered with apple, lightly smoked herring, and bell peppers ... YUM! Damn, I'm hungry now.
Sanibel/Captiva/Lido Key have been a favorite quickie vacation for my wife and I. How long have you lived in Florida??
(Not sure why Three Rivers comes up. We live in Grand Rapids.)
My Sister and BIL went to high school with one Fricano....We have their fridge magnet....My Dad was with the airlines, so we lived all over..Miami Springs, Oyster Bay, N.Y, Grand Haven, and Park Forest, IL...from like 5th grade till H.S. Graduation, then pretty much down here forever....Park Forest would later be destroyed by social engineering.....So, we love the beaches and shopping and you just acclimate to the tropical weather in time.....
Oneal

Grand Rapids, MI

#187 Feb 14, 2014
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text> My Sister and BIL went to high school with one Fricano....We have their fridge magnet....My Dad was with the airlines, so we lived all over..Miami Springs, Oyster Bay, N.Y, Grand Haven, and Park Forest, IL...from like 5th grade till H.S. Graduation, then pretty much down here forever....Park Forest would later be destroyed by social engineering.....So, we love the beaches and shopping and you just acclimate to the tropical weather in time.....
I bet it's easier to acclimate to tropical weather than it is this frozen hell! LOL But, you guys do get the hurricane seasons.

We drove down to Gulfport, MS the day after Katrina to do some volunteer emergency construction - my sis lives there. It was a life-altering experience. One lady who lost her house said, "them hurricanes jest sit out thar in the gulf n fester..." I laughed on the inside at her accent... but was definitely staring at a woman who'd just lost everything she owned. It was a disaster.

I remember driving back home saying, "Boy I'm glad we live in Michigan!!"

That experience comes to mind when I'm white-knuckling it down an icy highway getting spackled by road salt and freezing my arse off.

Since: Oct 12

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#188 Feb 14, 2014
We had a conversation, way back on this forum, i believe...about where in America, are you somewhat shielded from any natural disasters....My pick was where my Grampa's cabin was, up north of Baldwin.....though i guess they could have a forest fire, i never hear of them....We've never had anything serious from the hurricanes....good thing is you get to watch them for a week on TV....I saw tornadoes kill many kids in Chicagoland as a kid....Guess horrendous snow storms should be figured in, eh?
elenaounis

Apopka, FL

#190 Dec 28, 2014
Dominic wrote:
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I like GR a lot overall. Sure, there are some negatives, but my experience living here has been overwhelmingly positive.
Pros
- great weather in the spring, summer, and early fall
- close to Lake Michigan, lots of inland lakes, and rivers
- traffic is largely not a problem
- very philanthropic and charitable community
- best economic and business climate in the entire state of Michigan
- relatively low crime, with the exception of inner city Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and a few other pockets, such as York Creek Apartments
- good private and charter schools
- faith-oriented community without being over the top
- only 2.5 hours from Chicago and about the same distance to Traverse City
- very efficient airport with nonstop flights to about 20 destinations and easy connections to many more
- revived downtown with lots of great events, restaurants, concerts, hotels, convention center, arena, etc.
- far enough away from the blight of Detroit, and culturally separated from Detroit, which is a very good thing
- stable, family-oriented community
- strong colleges and universities in the region
- very little public corruption, it's just not tolerated here like it is in Detroit (where it's not just tolerated, it's expected and even encouraged)
Cons
- bitter posters like the ones above, most of whom are leftists who don't like the fact that Obama is wildly unpopular here and that these leftists are a very small minority in this region
- winters are long, cold and dark with not much to do unless you ski
- leftists are constantly trying to raise our taxes to pay for a public transportation system that almost no one uses (the auto industry is a huge deal in Michigan, so most people own cars and aren't interested in riding buses with a bunch of criminals and potheads)
The bottom line is that I love living here and would stay here forever
Hi! We will relocate to Kentwood, MI on April 2015. I will like to have some information about rentals (no children), jobs and any helpful information about the area.

My professional experience is in Organizational Management/Accounting/Business and my husband all related to IT and customer service.

Thank you.
Debut

Boca Raton, FL

#192 Jan 19, 2016
GR Joke wrote:
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You belong in Grand Rapids, you certainly have the mind set. Enjoy your plummeting home values and freefalling population! Those of us who live in real cities and states will be laughing hard at you!
Yeah, away from douchebags like you with no real values. Low property value a bad thing? LMAO, This is one of the best states in the country... YUPPIE
Debut

Boca Raton, FL

#193 Jan 19, 2016
GR sucks wrote:
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Every city you mentioned, except for Chicago, posesses nothing more than a small downtown area with sprawling suburbs. I think they're called Mall Cities because the surrounding malls attract more people than their downtowns and they have no soul or heartbeat. Chicago is by far the capital of flyover country. It's the one and only destination city in the Midwest and has the second biggest skyline in the country after New York City. Except for Chicago the Midwest sucks. Drive through it, fly over it, doesn't matter.
Cool story Bro... Hate to break it to you but the midwest is the most educated area in the country outside of the Massachusetts. Maybe all the dumb people like you fly over because you can't get into our Universities! LMAO
Review of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#194 Apr 6, 2016
Have a love/hate relationship with Grand Rapids. Lived in Chicago for a few years and love the lake the most. Chicago, though, is a city of surveillance, full of homeless people, and so caked with laws while kids get picked off by gang members on the South Side. Not boring, but expensive. Then I come back to where I was born and raised and always really disliked the judgemental Christians, but I realize the town is diversifying and revitalizing. There are suburban places like Caledonia which you cannot breathe in if you want to be invisible. I thought Wyoming was like this when growing up, but I was wrong. Wyoming now, to me, is like a time capsule slowly trying to capture a new identity, especially with the gaping hole of what was Studio 28, but I have so many memories I almost don't care, sleepy parks you can be lost and disappear with under the thickness of time and trees, and the libraries are newish. Mixed feelings, but in the end eventually it's familiarity and practicality that carry the most weight.
teknon

Riverside, CA

#195 Sep 18, 2016
FLBeaver wrote:
There is a possibility that I may have the opportunity to move to the GR area. Is it a good place to live? Good schools and good family place? Or if you had the option would you get out if you could and never look back?

I realize that every place has it's good and bad points and that a lot of it has to do with what one makes of it, but beyond that some places are perfect for those who hate the city, or enjoy the theatre. So who really enjoys GR and who doesn't?
I just moved back to Southern California from Grand Rapids, MI. As an African American, it is a terrible place to live. It is institutionally racist and closed. I also hated the weather. It is grey most of the year and the winters are a bitter cold. The spring is fleeting and the summers are extremely humid. The only season I enjoyed was Fall.

I did not have any friends, the whole 29 years I was there. If you did not grow up there, or have any family there, it is a very lonely place to live.

The town has only one or two of anything. Major department stores do not exist. If there is something like Saks, it is an outlet store.

I noticed when I first went there that it was like stepping into the sixties. Black people do not own many businesses. If you are a hair dresser, or cook bar b que, or some type of service business then there are a few of those. However, retail stores, professional businesses, etc are mostly white.

I had to put my children in private schools, because we did not live in the suburbs. The Grand Rapids, Public Schools are geared toward educating children to work in the factories.

I could go on. I am so glad I escaped.
Ex-Grand Rapids Guy

United States

#196 Sep 18, 2016
2014 was my last Michigan winter. I have been retired for 4 years and the winters of '12,'13 and '14 convinced me to not die of a coronary at the end of my driveway shoveling snow.

At the end of the summer last year (2015)' I sold my house and moved to the deeeeeep South. Average hi in January here is 61° with an average low of 34°. NO SNOW FOR ME IN 2015! Or in the future.

Another thing, in Gr. I lived in a subdivision, in an 1800 sq ft house. My taxes were right at $3,000 per year. Down here, I bought a 2,200 sq ft home w/ 3 br & 3 ba on 17 acres and my taxes are $440 per year. That saves me about $25,000 in 10 years. I'll take it. Bye Gr. Mi.

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