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Old 12-15-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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I have decided to move to Grand Rapids in order to receive better Autistic care for my child.I literally have no information about the city and have some questions.Are there any areas I should avoid while looking for apartments?Should I be concerned about the crime in the city?How are the Autism services and resources for children there.How is the employment outlook?I could use any extra info you may have that would help me out,Thank you in advance!
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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Here is a link that might help: Hope Network - Michigan Autism Treatment Services for Children

As for apartment searching, it's difficult to name areas to avoid, but like any mid-large size city, there are certain areas I wouldn't want to live in. Personally I live 30 minutes away in Holland so I hesitate to get into the dangerous areas discussion. The best thing you can do is visit.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:22 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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I'm betting the folks at the Hope Network could help you find good areas to live in too. That's a quality organization.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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There is crime in GR but it is generally isolated to the bad neighborhoods, which are easy to avoid once you know where they are. The following is a generalization but will give you a decent idea.

NE Side: Pretty much fine all around. Some one might be able to correct me but I can't think of any bad areas on the NE side.

The crime in GR isn't anything to worry about too much, it's around but it's not like you're going to get shot for driving through the wrong area.

SE Side: The near SE side is tricky because it has good and bad areas. Very near downtown you have Heratige Hill and Eastown (and others) which are fairly nice and safe these days. Once you go a bit further out you hit the bad places. Broad generalization but using Division and Fuller as East-West boundaries and maybe Wealthy and Burton as N-S boundaries for the bad areas.

NW Side: Immediately near downtown and just across the river tends to sketchy too but the NW side as a whole is fairly nice.

SW Side: Honestly I don't know anyone that has ever really lived on the SW side. There aren't nearly as many people on that side of town as the others. I spent some time there campaigning a few years back and the housing was extremely rundown and predominately Hispanic.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The Kent Intermediate School District provides cooperative special education/ESE services for most of the smaller school districts in the county. (IIRC, Grand Rapids Public is big enough to go at it alone.) Some info here on those services:

Kent Intermediate School District - Special Education (http://www.kentisd.org/Special_Education/ - broken link)
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