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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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    President Ford & Betty Ford

    President Gerald R. Ford wasn’t actually born in Grand Rapids, but since his mother moved here when he was just two weeks old, the city has always claimed him as a native son. Ford never quibbled with that assertion – he loved Grand Rapids.

    Case in point: Ford’s 1941 law degree from Yale University would have given him entry to the finest law firms in the nation’s largest cities. Instead, he chose to return to Grand Rapids to practice law. He went on to serve the city and its region for 13 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before his ascension to the Presidency in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

    Today, Grand Rapids continues to honor the lives of Gerald Ford and his wife Betty (who also grew up here). The Gerald R. Ford International Airport and Gerald R. Ford Freeway (I-196) are daily reminders of their influence. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is a spectacular exploration of their lives and times. The President and First Lady are buried on the grounds of the Museum, in a quiet site that invites visitation and reflection.

    Learn more about President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford.