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Old 08-08-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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I was born and raised on the upper NW side. In my opinion it is probably the best part of Grand Rapids. Pretty much working class people, most people are pretty down to earth. The houses are fairly priced, everything is pretty safe -- depending on which part you are looking at.

The diversity is pretty good in my opinion, growing up I had friends of all races. Commute times are pretty easy, I worked at a lot of different places.. a lot depends on the industry you're in. If you're looking to do tool n die, well they are all over but it's probably going to be about a 20-25 minute commute to 36th street and that area. If youre working downtown its about a 10 minute drive from the further parts of the NW side and maybe 5 minutes from a closer part.

There are so many great parts of Grand Rapids though. I think, if after college I do come back to Grand Rapids I would probably want to move to Grand Haven though.. and just commute to GR. I love Grand Haven. There's also the Forest Hills area which has some of the best schools in Grand Rapids. I am not a big fan of East Grand Rapids.. I always got a stuck up feeling from all the people I met from there.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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So I take it you wouldn't live in Heritage Hill (or another nice and near downtown area) with kids due to the GRPS issue?
I wouldn't... but many do.
Schools of Choice, Catholic/Christian schools and GRPS Magnets offer things that many folks find perfect for them.

That said, the majority of folks in those neighborhoods aren't families.... which plays into it too. It's nice to have lots of kids nearby.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids
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I was born and raised on the upper NW side. In my opinion it is probably the best part of Grand Rapids. Pretty much working class people, most people are pretty down to earth. The houses are fairly priced, everything is pretty safe -- depending on which part you are looking at.

The diversity is pretty good in my opinion, growing up I had friends of all races. Commute times are pretty easy, I worked at a lot of different places.. a lot depends on the industry you're in. If you're looking to do tool n die, well they are all over but it's probably going to be about a 20-25 minute commute to 36th street and that area. If youre working downtown its about a 10 minute drive from the further parts of the NW side and maybe 5 minutes from a closer part.

There are so many great parts of Grand Rapids though. I think, if after college I do come back to Grand Rapids I would probably want to move to Grand Haven though.. and just commute to GR. I love Grand Haven. There's also the Forest Hills area which has some of the best schools in Grand Rapids. I am not a big fan of East Grand Rapids.. I always got a stuck up feeling from all the people I met from there.
Thanks! I had totally thought about Grand Haven, and would love to live closer to the beach, but don't want that commute.
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