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Old 05-26-2019, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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And the city surpassed the 200,000 mark for the first time in its history.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/ne...th/3769040002/

"The city of Grand Rapids is very healthy in terms of its trajectory," said Aaron Renn, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who has compared it with other mid-sized Midwestern cities. "It's really a region that is doing well."

The metro Grand Rapids area has nearly 1.07 million residents, gaining 37,967 in the past five years."
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:03 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I’m surprised there hasn’t been more discussion about this. It’s a pretty big deal for a city in this region to surpass its peak population from the previous era.
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Old 06-01-2019, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I’m surprised there hasn’t been more discussion about this. It’s a pretty big deal for a city in this region to surpass its peak population from the previous era.
I know, it's a huge deal! It's being talked about a lot around GR on other sites.
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:50 PM
 
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Michigan is fortunate to have a 2nd city that is mid sized that is doing well and people can move to. It gives a reason to move to Michigan for people who don't feel any reason to want to move to Detroit.
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Old 09-03-2019, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Grand Rapids is Michigan’s alternative to the grungy troubled shop towns in the eastern part of the state. It is a counter to Flint, Detroit and Saginaw. It is an example of Michigan outside the rust belt. If Michigan is to improve its national image it will do so through Michigan’s nicer cities like Grand Rapids and Traverse City. The more people see of places like Grand Rapids and the less they see of places like Detroit the better for the state. When we are talking about the state of Michigan the West really is the best.
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