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Old 10-26-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Birmingham, K-zoo, Detroit, TC, St. Joe.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Traverse City, Petoskey, & Marquette.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road, where the trail begins.
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Marquette, the Soo, Grand Rapids, Rockford, Kalamazoo....

A few odd small towns whose downtowns I like are Coopersville, Colon, Portland, Montague, and Hart.

I haven't been there in over 15 years but I have fond memories of Manistee's downtown/riverwalk.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: west mich
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Marquette, the Soo, Grand Rapids, Rockford, Kalamazoo....

A few odd small towns whose downtowns I like are Coopersville, Colon, Portland, Montague, and Hart.

I haven't been there in over 15 years but I have fond memories of Manistee's downtown/riverwalk.
The Manistee riverwalk has potential, but the area looks somewhat depressed. Seems like more could be done with it.
Saugatuck is quaint, picturesque, has stuff you might like to purchase but nothing you need.
Holland has a nice, somewhat gentrified downtown, but it gets quiet after dark.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Traverse City, Ann Arbor and Leland. The latter is very small town but still awesome!
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Calumet, Copper Harbor, Houghton.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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Hands-down the best? I would take downtown Grand Rapids over downtown Ann Arbor any day. Feels much more like a real city. Ann Arbor is a college town.
Grand Rapids is nice...but there are far too many vacant buildings downtown. It does have potential, though. Ann Arbor is a college town, which adds to its vibrancy, but it's much more, too. (And, no, I don't live there.)

Of course, all preferences are subjective.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Marquette, the Soo, Grand Rapids, Rockford, Kalamazoo....

A few odd small towns whose downtowns I like are Coopersville, Colon, Portland, Montague, and Hart.

I haven't been there in over 15 years but I have fond memories of Manistee's downtown/riverwalk.
Colon has Abbots. that is reason enough to like Colon. Is also has an absurdly stupid name for a town. It has been a few years, when I was there last the downtown was all torn up for some construciotn thing.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I forgot Mt. Clemens
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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The Manistee riverwalk has potential, but the area looks somewhat depressed. Seems like more could be done with it.
Saugatuck is quaint, picturesque, has stuff you might like to purchase but nothing you need.
Holland has a nice, somewhat gentrified downtown, but it gets quiet after dark.
"Gentrified" is a negative term. It usually means poor people have been displaced by wealthy people as a result of redevelopment.
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