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Old December 4th, 2012, 01:32 AM   #1
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Grand Rapids, Michigan: Downtown

The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan is the second largest city in the state of Michigan in the United States. The city itself has a population of about 200,000 people and a metro of over 1,000,000. Grand Rapids is located near the west coast of the state, close to Lake Michigan.

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


AT&T Building


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.



Skyline



Looking up at the Amway Grand Plaza Tower...


Grand Rapids Public Museum




McKay Place


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!
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Old December 4th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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one of the nice cities in term of architecture, both heritage and modern.
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I really enjoyed your post. Keep it up!
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Really very nice photos. Well done
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Thanks, guys!
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This is surprisingly nice.
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New 2013 Look at Metro Grand Rapids MI

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Here is Metro GR while it is awake and in-use....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIakr9wkiKI
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quite a nice and neat city.
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