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Old 12-09-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Avoid the Southeast side of Grand Rapids at all costs. That is the main region of grand rapids where all the drama and crime is. The region around wealthy and Division as well. There are weird parts on the NW side as well, but not terrible either

East Grand Rapids, extremely safe and family oriented... NE and NW sections of Grand Rapids, decent, Walker, Comstock Park, Byron Center and Grandville, where River Town Crossings Mall is. Cascade Township is a nice area as well.

Hope this helps
Not ALL of the SE side is bad, by any means.
I live in Cherry Hill/East Hills. I would never consider this a bad area. There's tons of great places to eat, shop, walk, get coffee, etc, and the houses are all beautiful. Most people say the "bad" starts south of Wealthy, while I wouldn't call that bad in comparison to other places I've been, I suppose it is for Grand Rapids. There are a few blocks between Wealthy and Fulton which just so happen to be filled with lots of neat stuff. I wouldn't live anywhere else in GR but here.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:33 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Areas south of Wealthy are questionable. I use to live College and Wealth and I loved living downtown and having everything I wanted minutes away. I lived alone and I felt safe for the most part but would never walk around alone at night. The last year I was there things started getting worse. Many break-ins there was a shooting not even a block away. I ended up moving due to work and gas prices. The commute was killing my wallet!

If I knew I would be staying in Michingan I'd move back downtown but I have intention of sticking around here.
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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Areas south of Wealthy are questionable. I use to live College and Wealth and I loved living downtown and having everything I wanted minutes away. I lived alone and I felt safe for the most part but would never walk around alone at night. The last year I was there things started getting worse. Many break-ins there was a shooting not even a block away. I ended up moving due to work and gas prices. The commute was killing my wallet!

If I knew I would be staying in Michingan I'd move back downtown but I have intention of sticking around here.
Even "south of Wealthy" doesn't begin to limit the bad area.
There are lots of parts of the city of Grand Rapids that are south of Wealthy and fantastic places to live not the least of which is my very favorite city neighborhood: Ottawa Hills.

Truth is, there are parts of the SE Side that aren't great.... but the SE Side is home to 10s of 1,000s of people and many neighborhods... some incredibly nice and some incredibly sketchy.

You might be able to say the same for the NW, NE and SW sides as well (though I don't purport to know).
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I avoid 28th St. and the East Beltline area like the plague, especially this time of year.
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:33 PM
 
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Comstock park is really nice, I agree, stay away from the SE side of town. Some of the west side is nice, but even on Leonard and Alpine area is starting to get ran down, and it used to be really nice there. Its kind of hit and miss.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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grand rapids aka gun rue is a good and bad place..good: far nw in walker and bad areas all of southeast like sigsbee,bemis and surrounding areas that border wealthy ,,it is top100 dangerous cities..and tr to avoid areas like madison and eastern cause its a dangerous street gang called highlands finest, and horton ave8182, and there was a shooting at some schools around..
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Hernando, FL
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28th st and further south all the way down Division Ave South to 84th (Byron Center) exit off 131.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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grand rapids aka gun rue is a good and bad place..good: far nw in walker and bad areas all of southeast like sigsbee,bemis and surrounding areas that border wealthy ,,it is top100 dangerous cities..and tr to avoid areas like madison and eastern cause its a dangerous street gang called highlands finest, and horton ave8182, and there was a shooting at some schools around..
There are tough areas to be sure. But I'd like to set one thing straight: Grand Rapids is not on anyone's top 100 dangerous cities lists.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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grand rapids aka gun rue is a good and bad place..good: far nw in walker and bad areas all of southeast like sigsbee,bemis and surrounding areas that border wealthy ,,it is top100 dangerous cities..and tr to avoid areas like madison and eastern cause its a dangerous street gang called highlands finest, and horton ave8182, and there was a shooting at some schools around..
While I wouldn't take a casual stroll through some of those areas, they are a far, far cry from areas in Detroit, Chicago, even Benton Harbor. "Gun Rue" is a nickname that the local kids use; it's an effort to gain street cred, nothing more.

Last year (2009), there was only something like 10 murders and only a couple of those occurred in these "bad" areas.

No place in GR would rate on anyone's top 100 dangerous places list. Ask a cop from any truly violent city to work a beat in even the worst part of GR and he'd probably do so with a squirt gun and a smile on his face.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:07 PM
 
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