Good Day.What happened republicans? GR was once a good city but that was before the gop moved in now its dying. gop fascism kills everything it touches.
Simply absurd... might as well blame Mayor Heartwell, oops, he is a Democrat! And has held office since 2004.
It was not that long ago we were considered a good place to be. But we still are...
The problem is much, much larger than Grand Rapids itself, Kent Couty, or Western Michigan. It is endemic to the State and even the Nation. This is not so much a city issue in the case of G.R. but a State issue. Detroit and Flint have their own problems both connected to and separate from the State. It is not the fault of our city, per se, if the auto industry collapses and people move out of State to find work. It is not the fault of the city that country is in a recession.
Nor is it the fault of the city if people take on home loans they can't afford due to faulty legislation such as the CRA and so many homes in the city are in foreclosure. Many then having to move out to apptarments elsewhere in the area. Don't get me wrong, I am not defending city government, but the "city" in its entirety.
For example, the city does have fault in becoming too dependant on the State for services, funds and revenue sharing. They need to be more independant from the State rather than dependant.
Part of the fault of this study and its results is how the data, or should I say what data, was used to come to this conclusion. Unlike other studies that compare crime rates, economic health (like retail), entertainment and so on, this was strictly determined through Census numbers. And as such paints a very, no, extremely blurred and or skewed picture. Yes the city has its fair of problems as just about every other city in the US. To be "painted" as "dying" is perhaps true by some numbers but is very far away from the real truth. We have wolrdlcass medical facilities, manufacturers/tool and die shops that were smart enough to diversify their client base and stay open, several sports teams and lots of entertainment, downtown activities, the urban areas have some issues, but the rest of the neighborhoods are pretty nice, outdoor activities with Lake Michigan only minutes away, wonderful convention facilities, and so on. While the population numbers may be down, we are far from being a dying city.