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Old 07-03-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The NW side gets pretty nice (and is very low crime) once you get west of John Ball Zoo/the Lake Michigan Drive off ramp, but is off the bus routes for all practical purposes.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Thanks. Are the Heritage Hill, Eastown, Midtown areas the only areas you would recommend that are close to downtown? They are the only areas I am at all familiar with. Anywhere on the N.W. side good or should they just stick with HH or Eastown, and Midtown? They seem to think those are the only good areas but I'm not sure if they really know or are just not familiar with any other areas.
NW side is spotty. You can sometimes find a condo/apt to rent at Union Square, American Seating Park or the Boardwalk. But the houses are in really rough shape on the West side, and not as many college students as the East side areas.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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Thank so much for all the input-I really appreciate it. And the info on the west side being off the bus routes was great-thanks again.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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There are certainly some great steets in the NW area, but also some sketchy ones. Use Google street view and take a tour. It can be a real eye opener sometimes!
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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what about the west side? I think the west side is one of the best parts in grand rapids.


There are very few bad parts on the NW side of town, stay out of that small area and you'll be fine
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I grew up on the west side 'up the hill' as we called it then. (Now it's 'Westside Connection' or 'Shawmut Hills-Covell' or something like that in the city neighborhoods map.) Once you get west of about Bristol Ave., it gets very suburban to even rural. I had neighbors who had backyard horses. The crime rates there are still some of the lowest in Kent County. And it was just shy of a two mile walk to the nearest public bus stop on the corner of Leonard and Oakleigh.

I worked a summer at the Lincoln Park pool, and yeah, that part of the west side was very different from my part of the west side.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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In my opinion Wealthy is too close to some bad areas south. If I can't walk around after dark ... singly, without feeling somewhat paranoid then forget it. There's a tendency on this board to sugarcoat areas that really do have pretty serious issues.

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Old 07-12-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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yeah i agree, wealthy between madison and fuller is pretty rough mostly a blood gang area, its a lot of buisnesses over their but don't be fooled
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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In my opinion Wealthy is too close to some bad areas south. If I can't walk around after dark ... singly, without feeling somewhat paranoid then forget it. There's a tendency on this board to sugarcoat areas that really do have pretty serious issues.

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Your crime map shows nothing along Wealthy Street, and only burglaries and a drug bust South of there on Logan.

We're talking college students, not a family with kids. But I see a lot of moms with young kids at Wealthy Street Bakery, who undoubtedly walked there (pushing strollers). My guess is they live North of Wealthy in Heritage Hill or Cherry Hill.

South of there toward going toward Franklin? Yeah, it gets a bit sketchy and there's a lot more drug dealing/burglaries.
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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yeah i agree, wealthy between madison and fuller is pretty rough mostly a blood gang area, its a lot of buisnesses over their but don't be fooled
That's a bit of an overstatement. There are a ton of college kids that live in that area due to the cheap rent. I'm not saying it's totally safe, but I spent a LOT of time in that area. Between Eastern and Fuller is much better. I'll agree that west of eastern, and towards Madison is pretty rough.

I wouldn't raise a family there or anything, but if a bunch of Calvin kids can live there anyone can.
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