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|October 7th, 2012, 07:40 PM||#1|
Making Detroit look good!
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Mitchell, Ontario
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Grand Rapids, Michigan Photo Tour (September 2012)
I visited the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for the first time ever in early September 2012. It is the second largest city in Michigan with about 200,000 people and a metro of over 1,000,000.
I took these photos mainly of downtown and the city on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.
Former bicycle factory converted into lofts near downtown...
Views of downtown Grand Rapids from the bicycle lofts
Grand Valley State University and River House Condominiums
The rest of downtown including the Amway Plaza Hotel Tower and the Plaza Towers
Another converted warehouse near downtown...
Downtown… this building is in Heartside, the warehouse district...
Looking at downtown from the south…
Huntington Bank building downtown...
Plaza Towers, second tallest building in GR.
The Van Andel Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, has been a great downtown asset and landmark, much like London, Ontario's John Labatt Centre...
Jay Van Andel statue. Jay Van Andel, co-founder of Amway Corporation.
Plaza Towers again...
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Charming commercial blocks on Ottawa Avenue
Looking up at 77 Monroe Center Building…
Select Bank Building...
St. Marks Episcopal Church
Former Grand Rapids Post Office and Court House, built in 1911, now occupied by Kendall College...
Fifth Third Bank Building
Bank of America Building
Kent County Court House
Kent County Administrative Building and Grand Rapids City Hall, unremarkable
Devos Place, Grand Rapids' large convention center built in 2003. It is named for Richard DeVos who, along with Jay Van Andel, co-founded Amway Corporation.
Civic Auditorium Facade, preserved behind the DeVos Center
The historic Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, built in 1913
Back of the hotel...
Across the Blue Footbridge, going over the Grand River, we see the rear of the Devos Convention Center...
Riverhouse Condominiums, Grand Rapids' tallest building across the river from downtown...
Gerald Ford Museum, across the river from downtown. The former U.S. president was raised in Grand Rapids.
Looking up at the Amway Grand Plaza Tower...
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Rosa Parks statue in Rosa Parks Circle, a city park named after the civil rights movement legend, many city events are held there...
Looking up again at Plaza Towers...
The BOB Building...
Hope you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for viewing!
I'm a kind of person feeling like living back in the 1950s, one who favors and enjoys the Golden-age, rust-belt cities of Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, and the Gothic skylines of New York and Philadelphia. In my eye, they have more character, soul, and history to be pictured than today's world-class, cosmopolitan, and sprawling cities.
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|October 9th, 2012, 02:57 AM||#2|
Purdue U. / Marquette U.
Join Date: Oct 2005
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What a great looking city! I love how beautifully preserved those old historic blocks are in Grand Rapids.
I wish Michigan would do away with these hideous traffic lights though. These cheap looking wire-strung traffic lights have always looked distracting in an otherwise beautiful, modern setting.
|October 9th, 2012, 08:51 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toledo, Ohio
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Thanks for sharing the pics.. GR looks like an awesome place. I've been wantin to check out VA arena for a while now. From the pics I've seen im kinda jealous about some of the features of VA over our arena in Toledo..
In the pic above the Huntington Bank building... Is that a skywalk?
|October 11th, 2012, 12:18 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2005
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Loved the thread and Love how Grand Rapids perserved it's historic buildings! And I really like the new modern buildings as well, they look great along the riverfront.
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