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Old 03-28-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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I recently moved to the Grand Rapids area working for a company in Kentwood. I am in the 25-30 age group and like discovering restaurants and bars. I am trying to decide if I should live in Kentwood or downtown. Are there enough things to do in Grand Rapids on a weekday that makes it worthwhile to live in downtown? I keep getting advice that since I will only really be visiting downtown on the weekends, I should live close to work since I'll be at work 5 days a week. Also, I'm being told that downtown will loose it's "allure" if I stay in it vs. if I go there just on weekends. I keep telling these people that I can go to Hopcat or a restaurant or a festival on a weekday too. Disregarding the differences in rent, can you folks give me some thoughts and suggestions to help me with my decision? Are there any summer activities that you can only do in downtown that I should take into consideration? Thanks.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:46 AM
 
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I recently moved to the Grand Rapids area working for a company in Kentwood. I am in the 25-30 age group and like discovering restaurants and bars. I am trying to decide if I should live in Kentwood or downtown. Are there enough things to do in Grand Rapids on a weekday that makes it worthwhile to live in downtown? I keep getting advice that since I will only really be visiting downtown on the weekends, I should live close to work since I'll be at work 5 days a week. Also, I'm being told that downtown will loose it's "allure" if I stay in it vs. if I go there just on weekends. I keep telling these people that I can go to Hopcat or a restaurant or a festival on a weekday too. Disregarding the differences in rent, can you folks give me some thoughts and suggestions to help me with my decision? Are there any summer activities that you can only do in downtown that I should take into consideration? Thanks.
Definitely live downtown! As long as your commute is still 20 minutes or less, it will be worth it. Kentwood is boring, especially for a 25-30 year old. Downtown has interesting things to do every night of the week. There are open mic nights and live music every night of the week at different bars, concerts, and lots of other things happening during the week.

I am living/working in the Lansing area right now, but if I worked in the GR area, I would love to live downtown. I had a chance to do it for a year and it was a lot of fun. Kentwood is a blah anywhere USA suburb.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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I agree with michigan83. I worked in downtown GR for 4 yrs. & we'd have drinks after work a lot. I lived in Wyoming. Much better downtown for your age group. You can move to the burbs when you get married & have kids!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Downtown has way more energy than Kentwood, unless you like counting cars. Downtown is great in the evenings and weekends for bike riding, running along the river, shows going on at many of the venues (that you wouldn't drive to but might stop in and check out if you're in the neighborhood).

The only difference seems to be that pricing is lower in Kentwood than in downtown. And parking can sometimes not be included with a downtown apartment, so you have to hunt down reliable parking (since you'll need a car to drive out to Kentwood). Plus, no real grocery shopping downtown, but you can always stop after work in the burbs.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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100% agree that downtown is a great option. Also check out East Hills neighborhood and East Grand Rapids (more of a focus on 30-something families though).
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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Can anyone elaborate where the live music or shows are on weekdays in downtown? Also, does Grand Rapids do any "movies in the park" or something outdoors that you can do in the summer on weekdays? Thanks.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Can anyone elaborate where the live music or shows are on weekdays in downtown? Also, does Grand Rapids do any "movies in the park" or something outdoors that you can do in the summer on weekdays? Thanks.
St Cecilia's, UICA, Pyramid Scheme, Founders Brewery, Billy's in Eastown, Ottawa Tavern, just to name a few.

Revue Magazine is a pretty good resource:

REVUE West Michigan

and GSync in Rapid Growth:

G-Sync
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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One of your best sources: GRNow.com® :: Grand Rapids, Michigan's local restaurant, event and entertainment guide.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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My favorites are open mic at Billy's on Mondays, open mic at Founders on Tuesdays, open mic at Rocky's Bar on Tuesdays. But there are others.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Meh.
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