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Old 03-25-2019, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!

Yes, I definitely know it's not as conservative as it was 30 years ago. I mean, I was in high school then and remember the band teacher at some local school was "outed" as gay, and he was forced to resign. It was in some rural area, I think, maybe between GR and Holland. It was definitely a different time.

I know there are a lot more and varied restaurants and stuff - so things to do. And your stories about the city itself are really helpful. My parents all live in burbs are don't talk to me about the city and its politics much at all. So that helps.

I blame Russia (in part) for Michigan going for Trump in 2016. I mean, I believe there was actual evidence found that they did something to at least try and affect Michigan, Wisconsin, and some other state - Ohio?

Anyway, thanks again! It's scary contemplating moving to a place I haven't lived full time since 1992, and have only lived in cities of 500,000+ since then!
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I have a friend who bought a condo that was part of an old mansion downtown. It was near wealthy street and within walking distance to the Winchester. Their place was amazing. The big old mansion had been divided into four or five condos to make it economically feasible. I am not sure what my friend paid, but I know what he could afford at the time and there is no possibility the condo was over $200,000. Probably closer to $100,000. It was a stunningly beautiful historic place. Despite dividing the house into separate condos, most of the historic integrity was preserved. The small yard/garden was owned and maintained in common and stunningly beautiful.

Sorry I cannot be more helpful on location, but something like that might be a good option for you if you can find one.


Oh and not cats, but they are crazy bird people.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Thanks everyone!

Yes, I definitely know it's not as conservative as it was 30 years ago. I mean, I was in high school then and remember the band teacher at some local school was "outed" as gay, and he was forced to resign. It was in some rural area, I think, maybe between GR and Holland. It was definitely a different time.

I know there are a lot more and varied restaurants and stuff - so things to do. And your stories about the city itself are really helpful. My parents all live in burbs are don't talk to me about the city and its politics much at all. So that helps.

I blame Russia (in part) for Michigan going for Trump in 2016. I mean, I believe there was actual evidence found that they did something to at least try and affect Michigan, Wisconsin, and some other state - Ohio?

Anyway, thanks again! It's scary contemplating moving to a place I haven't lived full time since 1992, and have only lived in cities of 500,000+ since then!
Grand Rapids is about 1.2 Million metro-wide now. It's certainly not a small or even medium-sized town. GR city limits are 200,000 but Kent County alone is almost 700,000 now. Kent County includes the city of GR, city of Kentwood, city of Walker, city of Wyoming, city of East Grand Rapids, city of Grandville, city of Lowell, city of Rockford, city of Cedar Springs and a ton of townships and villages.

Then there are 4 or 5 counties in the metro area (I lose count). It's definitely the fastest growing area in Michigan and I believe one of the fastest growing in the Great Lakes region as well.

In other words, you wouldn't be moving to small-town-America.

Truth of the matter is that Hillary thought that Michigan was a shoe-in and it turned out to be a swing state. She didn't campaign anywhere outside of Detroit area which was her downfall here. Trump made multiple stops in West Michigan. He captured many of the disenfranchised UAW workers in West Michigan, who used to be die-hard Democrats.

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Old 03-28-2019, 04:18 AM
 
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Truth of the matter is that Hillary thought that Michigan was a shoe-in and it turned out to be a swing state. She didn't campaign anywhere outside of Detroit area which was her downfall here. Trump made multiple stops in West Michigan. He captured many of the disenfranchised UAW workers in West Michigan, who used to be die-hard Democrats.
The ironic thing is that it was the shift in the Detroit area counties that won Trump the Michigan electoral votes in 2016. Trump won Kent County by the slimmest margin a Republican has won in decades. Oakland and Macomb counties both shifted Red for the first time since 88. Trump won big in the labor vote, which is not a significant factor in W. Mich.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:19 AM
 
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. . . Hillary thought that Michigan was a shoe-in and it turned out to be a swing state. She didn't campaign anywhere outside of Detroit area which was her downfall here.
Just a nit to pick and has nothing to do with the OP's question, Clinton did have a planned at the last minute campaign rally at Grand Valley the night before the election. I suspect her campaign finally realized she was in trouble in Michigan and thought it would help.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:12 AM
 
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First of all, I'm sorry, best of luck when winter comes around. Having grown up here, I'm sure you remember, but after 25 years... well I know I wouldn't be prepared.... That being said, GR is considerably nicer than it was 25 years ago. I'd suggest East Hills, Eastown, or Heritage Hill.
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Just a nit to pick and has nothing to do with the OP's question, Clinton did have a planned at the last minute campaign rally at Grand Valley the night before the election. I suspect her campaign finally realized she was in trouble in Michigan and thought it would help.
Hey! I went to that rally with my daughter. Wasn't able to get in due to the crowds. A little too little too late (Hillary that is).

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Old 04-01-2019, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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A little too little too late (Hillary that is).
Same for PA.

Back on-topic, I'm grateful for this thread. It's made me curious about visiting Grand Rapids for a vacation.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Same for PA.

Back on-topic, I'm grateful for this thread. It's made me curious about visiting Grand Rapids for a vacation.
You should! A lot of people who visit here also include the lakeshore towns, beaches and dunes in their visits (Saugatuck, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon).

https://www.experiencegr.com/
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:17 PM
 
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Same for PA.

Back on-topic, I'm grateful for this thread. It's made me curious about visiting Grand Rapids for a vacation.
It is a cool city. Lived there for two years and liked it.
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