Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with African-Americans, Caucasians, and numerous Latino groups - Mexican Americans, Cubans, El Salvadorans, Dominicans, and Guatemalans - living and working side by side. The neighborhood encompasses several distinct residential and business districts, each with its own unique culture but linked by a deep commitment to family and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
Dining choices in Southtown are as diverse as the population.
Shop for both authentic imported products and quality domestic goods.
Play a round of disc golf at Garfield Park, which also features a ball diamond, basketball court, three tennis courts and a KaBOOM! playground.
Bike or hike the 2.7-mile Plaster Creek Trail, a paved, tree-lined route that meanders along a tributary of the Grand River through several Southtown neighborhoods.
See the high school student-led community mural “Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz” (Our History, our Voice) at 912 Grandville Avenue.
See the boyhood home of President Gerald R. Ford, several late 1800s-era mansions and other historic landmarks on a walking tour of the Garfield Park neighborhood.
See history come alive at the Grandville Avenue Museum, which explores the evolution of the district through waves of Dutch, African-American and Latino influences.
Real Food Cafe is a “Michigan’s Best Breakfast” finalist that has earned its local-favorite status with delicious family recipes, friendly service and huge portions.
Burton Woods is a six-acre oasis of 120-year-old forest in the midst of urban activity.
Grand Rapids Bike Park offers a variety of mountain bike and BMX bike trails.