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Old 06-17-2007, 12:25 PM
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My family considered moving to Grand Haven a few years ago because after researching it online, it sounded like a great place to live. Unfortunatley, after visiting, we didn't care for it. We stayed in a hotel right next to the Grand River so spent some time outside there. The river was so dirty it looked like sewage water and the air around the river smelled really bad. We also found out that the beach on Lake Michigan where the Grand River connects to it, is closed to swimmers in the Summers sometimes because of the pollution that dumps into Lake Michigan from the river. This is because of the rain run off from farms along the river accross the state and from Grand Rapids and Lansing's sewage systems overflowing into the river on occation. Steps are being taken to correct the sewage problem but I'm sure it'll be years before it's completely fixed. Another thing that we didn't like was that for a small town (population wise), Spring Lake and parts of Grand Haven, seemed like you were in the middle of a huge city because of the expressways and traffic. If this, and the water pollution, are not important to you then I think it would be a great place to live.
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Old 06-17-2007, 03:36 PM
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Petoskey has a good point about the traffic. It can be absolutely horrible on US-31 In Grand Haven and M-104 in Spring Lake. There should be a US-31 bypass around Grand Haven and a 2nd bridge over the Grand River. When they were doing construction on the bridge over the Grand River, it once took me an hour to go through Grand Haven and over the bridge.

As far as the Grand River goes, it has had major problems in the past, it still has problems, but not to the same extent. Keep in mind that the river is also a muddy river...it is always brown from the mud. To be fair, Petoskey mentioned Grand Rapids and Lansing's filth coming down the river, but forgot to mention Jackson's filth as well! The beaches aren't closed down that often. Kitchell Dunes shoreline along the river gets closed down often...quite often because of seagul waste from all of those flying rats
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:01 AM
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I see this a rather old post but is relevant to me, I will be moving to the area as soon as my home in SE MI sells (please keep those fingers crossed for a quick sell). My daughter lives in Holland, I visited the area 2 weeks ago from South Haven to Spring Lake. I really like Grand Haven and Spring lake, I would like to know if anyone lives or knows someone who lives in the North Ridge Condos? I am very interested in them seems like they would be a great fit for me.
thanks in advance
Debbie SE MI
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:28 AM
Location: Alaska
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I wouldn't worry about religious zealots too much. Holland is known for being a bit more zealot-y, but I've never had an issue there. Grand Haven is a very touristy town and being overly opinionated about stuff like that isn't a good way to sell your business, especially when you have tourists coming from all over the country (and from many other countries). Also, you've got towns like Saugatuck in close proximity, which is known for a very open-minded way of life. Then you've got Grand Rapids and it is a big city with a diverse population. I think you'll be able to easily find a place to fit in around here because there are many options. The people tend to be very nice and laid-back.
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