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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    People of Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is home to people of every race, creed, color, religion, and national origin. Newcomers: The People of This Place at Grand Rapids Public Museum tells the stories of 45 of these groups who settled here after the original inhabitants, the Anishinabek Indians.

    These and other groups have all contributed their own unique colors and brush strokes to the canvas of Grand Rapids, creating a rich, vibrant community that emphasizes collaboration while honoring diversity. It's an environment that makes every visitor feel welcome.

    Learn more about a few of the groups that help define Grand Rapids:

    Diversity Statement

    The future of our region depends on our ability to embrace change and leverage diversity through leadership, education, employment, suppliers, and continued community support. We believe that diversity is critical to our business strategy and will improve our competitiveness and prospects for long-term success.  

    Please enjoy this video designed to highlight the many events and attractions that the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) have supported recently that demonstrates their ongoing commitment to our multi-cultural communities.