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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:
    Janet Korn

    Janet Korn is the Senior Vice President of Experience Grand Rapids. She has over 20 years of experience working with EXGR and currently leads the efforts of the marketing team. Prior to this Janet worked as an adjunct instructor in Hospitality Education at Grand Rapids Community College and as a restaurant manager. Janet is a Michigan State University graduate with a BA in Hospitality Business. She is also currently a member of Destination Marketing Association International. She is knowledgeable in areas such as beer tourism, destination marketing, and the economic impact of tourism.

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