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    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.
    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.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Latinos in GR

    The Latino, or Hispanic, community in Grand Rapids dates back as far as the 1920s, when a small number of young men from Mexico came here to work in railroad jobs. Almost a century later, this community has grown into a significant social and economic force, influencing the city in ways large and small.

    As of the latest census, Latinos represent 16% of the Grand Rapids population and constitute the largest minority group in the city. That number is projected to increase in the years to come, just as the number of Latino businesses continues to rise year after year – especially in the city’s area neighborhoods. Latino-owned supermarkets, restaurants, shops and services cater not only to local residents, but also to visitors seeking an authentic experience.

    About 70% of our Latino population is of Mexican heritage, followed by people of Puerto Rican, Guatemalan, Cuban and Dominican descent. While each group takes great pride in the distinctive traditions of their homeland, they are united by common values of faith, family and entrepreneurial spirit – the same values that have always defined Grand Rapids.

    All of this makes Grand Rapids a very welcoming destination for Latino-friendly convention groups, entertainment acts and festivals. Here’s just a glimpse of how the city celebrates Latino culture:

    This video was designed to highlight the many events and attractions that the Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) have supported recently that demonstrates their ongoing commitment to our Latino community.

    Community Highlights

    The Hispanic Center of West Michigan provides a wide range of services in the historic heart of the Grand Rapids Latino community.

    The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic-owned businesses.

    Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities and Cook Arts Center provide enriching opportunities for youth and adults in Southtown and beyond.

    The Hispanic Festival is a three-day celebration held every September in downtown Grand Rapids.

    Supermercado Mexico is the city’s largest Latino grocery, with three locations and popular restaurant and bakery operations.

    Latino media include El InformadorEl Vocero Hispano, LaVoz, and Lazo Cultural newspapers, Sport Latino Magazine, and La Poderosa radio (93.3 FM/810 AM).