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GreedRapids

Brighton, MI

#82 Sep 14, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>Man, that's a tough choice....Detroit or Grand Rapids.....let me see.....lol...
I get a kick out of the Dutch CRC idiots that act as if the entire east side of state is horrible place to live. Have you ever been to east side other than to watch a ball game? Did you see all the money? From the neighborhoods in West Bloomfield, Troy, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Novi? Those neighborhoods make Ada, Cascade, and East GR look poor. Did you see 5 lane highways filled with luxury automobiles and compare it to the 2 lane highway here filled with shit American cars (old Pontiacs and Chryslers) Did you see the 10 different luxury department stores compared to our 1 (Macys) Did you see the educated women who are in shape and wear make up and look nothing like the overly tall Dutch CRC manly looking farmer pig women? Did you see the variety of good restaurants compared to Gilmore Collection garbage in GR? The population on east side dwarfs the west side and the money on east side dwarfs the Dutch money in GR. GR is nothing more than a resort city with a nice lake side and that's it!
GreedRapids

Brighton, MI

#83 Sep 14, 2013
GR had been on CNBC's American Greed more than any other city in the entire US. 3 times this Dutch CRC city has been on CNBC's show.

episode 1 Barton Watson
episode 2 Dr Stokes
episode 3 Michael Vorce
Really

Wyoming, MI

#84 Sep 14, 2013
People that use "reality" shows for evidence truly need to get a life and perhaps look at their own lives. It is very helpful to stop being jealous of what others have and be grateful for what one has themselves before they lose it all.

Since: Feb 10

Grand Rapids, MI

#85 Sep 14, 2013
GreedRapids wrote:
The white population is mostly Dutch CRC, the Hispanic population is Mexican Indian, and Black population is low income.
Not very many Italians, Germans, Jews, Hatian, Jamaican, South American, or eastern european
That's true of a lot of places throughout the country, not just GR.

GR is slightly larger than Salt Lake City. How many Hatians do you think are in SLC? Or Tacoma WA, Augusta GA, or Madison WI all cities larger than GR. Minorities, especially ones like Hatian, Jamaican, etc., tend to congregate together in the mega cities and some coastal areas. Just like the Dutch did here 100 years ago and the Italians, Polish, etc. did as well in just a few parts of the country.
Oneal

Grand Rapids, MI

#86 Sep 14, 2013
ArtPrize is getting wound up and ready to rock. It will once again bring people from all over the world to Grand Rapids and flood the local downtown businesses with customers enjoying the eclectic, diverse and creative atmosphere that GR offers.

Greedrapids and the other craphole haters can whine all they want about GR. They're comments on this puny site are all the impact they'll ever have.

Stick to Owosso. I've been there. It's ... nice.
Grand Rapids

Caledonia, MI

#87 Sep 14, 2013
GreedRapids wrote:
<quoted text>
I get a kick out of the Dutch CRC idiots that act as if the entire east side of state is horrible place to live. Have you ever been to east side other than to watch a ball game? Did you see all the money? From the neighborhoods in West Bloomfield, Troy, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Novi? Those neighborhoods make Ada, Cascade, and East GR look poor. Did you see 5 lane highways filled with luxury automobiles and compare it to the 2 lane highway here filled with shit American cars (old Pontiacs and Chryslers) Did you see the 10 different luxury department stores compared to our 1 (Macys) Did you see the educated women who are in shape and wear make up and look nothing like the overly tall Dutch CRC manly looking farmer pig women? Did you see the variety of good restaurants compared to Gilmore Collection garbage in GR? The population on east side dwarfs the west side and the money on east side dwarfs the Dutch money in GR. GR is nothing more than a resort city with a nice lake side and that's it!
Stick it up your a-- you fa----

The Detroit area is complete trash. It's ghetto, full of crime, too much traffic, superficiality, and trash blowing all over the street. Who cares about the money in Detroit? Most of it is stolen. Most of the "rich" homes in the Detroit area are in foreclosure. At least the ones in West Michigan are paid for. And most of the women in the Detroit area have herpes or are lesbians. Gross.
Grand Rapids

Caledonia, MI

#88 Sep 14, 2013
GreedRapids wrote:
GR had been on CNBC's American Greed more than any other city in the entire US. 3 times this Dutch CRC city has been on CNBC's show.
episode 1 Barton Watson
episode 2 Dr Stokes
episode 3 Michael Vorce
Congratulations, fa----.

The Detroit area has Kwame Kilpatrick, that Bob Bashara guy that murdered his wife so that he could do his S&M clubs, that Stephen Grant wacko who chopped up his wife and put her body parts in the garage. Detroit is one massive ghetto with murder, mayhem, arson, anarchy, crime, drugs, and foreclosure. What a joke.
Shade

Wyoming, MI

#89 Sep 15, 2013
FLBeaver wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm curious. My wife and I have been married 27 years and this is the 10th state so lots to compare. You said "Its good if you want to raise a family but other than that you'd rather live somewhere else."
Where else would you rather live? New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Mississippi... and why?
Seems to me that every place has good and bad points, and a lot of it is individual preference. I know people who love living in New York City. You couldn't pay me enough to live there. Different strokes.
It seems like all the folks who complain about Grand Rapids have two things in common. One, they never say where they would live instead of GR, probably because they know as soon as they did others would rip that place since every place has warts. And second, they still live here even though they don't like it. Spending years living someplace one doesn't like makes no sense, especially since there isn't anything unique about the jobs in Grand Rapids that wouldn't allow one to work and live someplace else.
The jobs are not unique at all. There really isn't a middle class. You're either poor or wealthy. Grand Rapids is not a terrible place but for me it kind of is. I lived in the good and bad of the city. And in a span of 5 years Kentwood has became a ghetto village. Kentwood is also prejudice. My younger sister got screwed out of 2 jobs because of it.

If I were to live somewhere else it would be down south or somewhere out west.

And forgot to mention the 4G Summers and the Winters we have in Spring. The weather can be quite depressing out here. I'm talking about 2 straight weeks with a gray sky. Snow in May. Random heatwaves.

Everything I've mentioned is from personal experience. And I'm not kidding about the city being shut down after 10. You'll see.
Shade

Wyoming, MI

#90 Sep 15, 2013
GR is comprised of mostly Blacks, Dutch, and Mexicans. The Mexicans reside on the west urban areas of the city. As soon as you cross Division you'll see. The blacks and whites are everywhere. The trailer folks are out in Kentwood, Cutlerville, Gaines Township.

Most foreign folks stay out in Kentwood as well. Asian, Bosnian, and African. The Bosnians reside heavily in Kentwood areas.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#91 Sep 15, 2013
I keep hearing that the economy there, has shown almost no signs of recovery...compared to everywhere else in the U.S.?
Really

Wyoming, MI

#92 Sep 15, 2013
Shade wrote:
GR is comprised of mostly Blacks, Dutch, and Mexicans. The Mexicans reside on the west urban areas of the city. As soon as you cross Division you'll see. The blacks and whites are everywhere. The trailer folks are out in Kentwood, Cutlerville, Gaines Township.
Most foreign folks stay out in Kentwood as well. Asian, Bosnian, and African. The Bosnians reside heavily in Kentwood areas.
You are a racist bigot. Why on earth do you stay here if you dislike it so badly?
Oneal

Grand Rapids, MI

#93 Sep 15, 2013
Shade wrote:
<quoted text>
The jobs are not unique at all. There really isn't a middle class. You're either poor or wealthy. Grand Rapids is not a terrible place but for me it kind of is. I lived in the good and bad of the city. And in a span of 5 years Kentwood has became a ghetto village. Kentwood is also prejudice. My younger sister got screwed out of 2 jobs because of it.
If I were to live somewhere else it would be down south or somewhere out west.
And forgot to mention the 4G Summers and the Winters we have in Spring. The weather can be quite depressing out here. I'm talking about 2 straight weeks with a gray sky. Snow in May. Random heatwaves.
Everything I've mentioned is from personal experience. And I'm not kidding about the city being shut down after 10. You'll see.
Sound like you never stepped out of Kentwood, which is it's own city. We're talking about Grand Rapids. Jobs are as diverse as any other city it's size, and as far as arts and medicine, far more.

Again, in GR, as with most cities it's size, the middle class far outnumber the poor and wealthy classes. Go to the city income level charts and you'll see that. Nationally, the middle class is shrinking, therefore you'd have to expect some of that to happen in Grand Rapids as well.

Weather?? It's Michigan. You're in a Northern climate, surrounded by Great Lakes. It's not going to be sunny and 80 every damn day.

Grief! You guys will whine about everything!
Oneal

Grand Rapids, MI

#94 Sep 15, 2013
Shade wrote:
GR is comprised of mostly Blacks, Dutch, and Mexicans. The Mexicans reside on the west urban areas of the city. As soon as you cross Division you'll see. The blacks and whites are everywhere. The trailer folks are out in Kentwood, Cutlerville, Gaines Township.
Most foreign folks stay out in Kentwood as well. Asian, Bosnian, and African. The Bosnians reside heavily in Kentwood areas.
Sounds like a pretty diverse community!
Oneal

Grand Rapids, MI

#95 Sep 15, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
I keep hearing that the economy there, has shown almost no signs of recovery...compared to everywhere else in the U.S.?
Is that a question or a statement?
X Class

Grand Rapids, MI

#96 Sep 15, 2013
Oneal wrote:
ArtPrize is getting wound up and ready to rock. It will once again bring people from all over the world to Grand Rapids and flood the local downtown businesses with customers enjoying the eclectic, diverse and creative atmosphere that GR offers.
Greedrapids and the other craphole haters can whine all they want about GR. They're comments on this puny site are all the impact they'll ever have.
Stick to Owosso. I've been there. It's ... nice.
Art prize is art for Midwesterners. A majority of artists are from within a 300 mile radius. A majority of spectators are from within a 150 mile radius. Art Prize is a family friendly, generic, watered down form of art. The whole principle of art prize goes against what the real art world stands for. Having mothers pushing strollers full of little blonde haired brats choosing and deciding what pieces are the most inspirational is a slap in the face of the entire art world. First off she wouldn't know what real art was if it stood up and slapped her in the face. Secondly, this woman is the same woman who has never, ever (before art prize) cared two craps before about art in her life. Demanding federal funds for the arts be cut off, censoring both the art world and the music world so it fits within what they deem acceptable. The west Michigan, typical conservative housewife should be the last person on this planet deciding what real art is. You want a conservative, sheltered, insular city? You got it. Now, lets not go around pretending its something it isn't.
Really

Wyoming, MI

#97 Sep 15, 2013
X Class wrote:
<quoted text>
Art prize is art for Midwesterners. A majority of artists are from within a 300 mile radius. A majority of spectators are from within a 150 mile radius. Art Prize is a family friendly, generic, watered down form of art. The whole principle of art prize goes against what the real art world stands for. Having mothers pushing strollers full of little blonde haired brats choosing and deciding what pieces are the most inspirational is a slap in the face of the entire art world. First off she wouldn't know what real art was if it stood up and slapped her in the face. Secondly, this woman is the same woman who has never, ever (before art prize) cared two craps before about art in her life. Demanding federal funds for the arts be cut off, censoring both the art world and the music world so it fits within what they deem acceptable. The west Michigan, typical conservative housewife should be the last person on this planet deciding what real art is. You want a conservative, sheltered, insular city? You got it. Now, lets not go around pretending its something it isn't.
Most of your drivel is a lie and you know it. ArtPrize draws people from all over the world and since you missed the point of what ArtPrize is for, you apparently are totally clueless about what Art actually is, but since you live in this "sheltered" city, what could one expect? From most of your drivel and ridicule of others, I would suspect you are one of those "ugly Americans" who have never been outside the U.S. and have ZERO clue about the world. Sooo, don't go around pretending you are an art critic with any clue on what art actually is. Still trying to compensate for something little man?
vox veritatis

Grand Rapids, MI

#98 Sep 15, 2013
Shade wrote:
GR is comprised of mostly Blacks, Dutch, and Mexicans.
Try again...the largest ethnic group of European descent is German followed by Dutch, then English. But there are also sizeable groups of Irish, Polish, French with smaller groups of Swedish and Scottish.
The residents of Grand Rapids that you refer to as 'Mexicans' are groups of either Hispanic or Latino descent (do you know the difference?). People who actually hail from Mexico the country may be one of 56 recognized indigenous cultures but more than half would be Mestizo, a combination of Spanish and Indian.
Other ethic groups found in the Grand Rapids area include, Bosnian, Sudanese, Native American various Asian and Pacific Islanders.
There's a lot more diversity here than you seem to be aware of.
GreedRapids

Southfield, MI

#99 Sep 15, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text>Most of your drivel is a lie and you know it. ArtPrize draws people from all over the world and since you missed the point of what ArtPrize is for, you apparently are totally clueless about what Art actually is, but since you live in this "sheltered" city, what could one expect? From most of your drivel and ridicule of others, I would suspect you are one of those "ugly Americans" who have never been outside the U.S. and have ZERO clue about the world. Sooo, don't go around pretending you are an art critic with any clue on what art actually is. Still trying to compensate for something little man?
A force fed "cultural" event made to give lil Rick DeVos a name for himself while the local hotels and restaurants profit that are owned by his family and fellow CRC cohorts. Ricky's nothing more than a front man with his grandfather's resources.

Again, instead of trying to artificially create culture, the city should embrace it's true one ethnicity (Dutch) and true one religion (CRC) and have Dutch themed downtown with Dutch restaurants instead of fake Irish bars and fake Italian restaurants owned by the Dutch.

Why aren't they proud of their own culture and why can't they make money on it hahaaa........
GreedRapids

Southfield, MI

#100 Sep 15, 2013
vox veritatis wrote:
<quoted text>
Try again...the largest ethnic group of European descent is German followed by Dutch, then English. But there are also sizeable groups of Irish, Polish, French with smaller groups of Swedish and Scottish.
The residents of Grand Rapids that you refer to as 'Mexicans' are groups of either Hispanic or Latino descent (do you know the difference?). People who actually hail from Mexico the country may be one of 56 recognized indigenous cultures but more than half would be Mestizo, a combination of Spanish and Indian.
Other ethic groups found in the Grand Rapids area include, Bosnian, Sudanese, Native American various Asian and Pacific Islanders.
There's a lot more diversity here than you seem to be aware of.
Right, that's why the poster said "mostly". I see mostly Mexican Indians, White Dutch, and low income Blacks.
vox veritatis

Grand Rapids, MI

#101 Sep 15, 2013
GreedRapids wrote:
I see mostly Mexican Indians, White Dutch, and low income Blacks.
Really? Please enlighten me...how does one know that the white person they are looking at is Dutch versus German, Swedish, Polish, or some other Northern European descent?
How does one know, looking at an African American, that they are poor?
How does one know, looking at a person who appears to be 'Mexican' whether they are Hispanic, Latino, Puerto Rican, Portugese, Brazilian, Guatemalan or actually from Mexico?

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