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    Neighborhoods
  • 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.
    Author:
    Angela Nelson

    Angela Nelson is the Vice President of Multicultural Business Development of Experience Grand Rapids. Before joining EXGR in March 2017, Angela worked at Amway Corporation for 10 years in various roles ranging from grantmaking, community relations, and brand marketing. Angela is a Grand Valley State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and a minor in Computer Information Systems.  Angela also received a Master of Business Administration in Integrative Management from Michigan State University. She is knowledgeable in community engagement and serves on various committees and boards including the Community Inclusion Group, the Tall Turf Ministries Board of Directors, and serves as the president of the Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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