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Old 05-27-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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Ive never seen anything like that before, but it really shows GR in a good light. The people in GR are quite artistic and whoever put that together did a great job. I lived in GR for a few years when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I lived in the heritage hill area and used to walk downtown. Grand Rapids is a nice city and I enjoyed my brief time there. Too bad that GR could not be our first city instead of Detroit. Look at how nice downtown GR is compared to Detoilet. I say move our sports teams there and lets just forget about Detroit all together. If the rest of the country thought of GR when they thought of Michigan then we'd have a better reputation.
Wow.....do you think you can just enjoy the vid without bashing Detroit? Downtown Grand Rapids does not even come close to offering the cultural attractions that Detroit offers. I like both cities and if people stopped creating self reinforcing negativity about Detroit then the largest city in the state would be in a much more positiive situation. Lets not forget that a couple of decades ago that similiar ignorance was common about downtown grand rapids and many of the now gentrified communities in inner SE. Things turned around because people ignored the negative naysayers and revitalized those areas. The same thing is true of Detroit and any place.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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Such an awesome vid. Go 'head, Grand Rapids!!!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:23 AM
 
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Super!!!!!! Loved it! Way to go!!!!!!
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Wow.....do you think you can just enjoy the vid without bashing Detroit? Downtown Grand Rapids does not even come close to offering the cultural attractions that Detroit offers. I like both cities and if people stopped creating self reinforcing negativity about Detroit then the largest city in the state would be in a much more positiive situation. Lets not forget that a couple of decades ago that similiar ignorance was common about downtown grand rapids and many of the now gentrified communities in inner SE. Things turned around because people ignored the negative naysayers and revitalized those areas. The same thing is true of Detroit and any place.
Yeah, this video doesn't show the underlying problems of increasing poverty, thousands of children homeless (thousands!), thousands of vacant homes, and other issues that Grand Rapids is facing. Notice the video is also all white, even though the city is 60% white and 40% non-white Hispanic, Black, Asian and other minorities. Also, the football team and band are from the suburban areas, not Grand Rapids, the cheerleaders are from a private (mostly white) christian high school, and most of the (overweight) wealthy white guys you see in the video don't live in the city. It's fun to cheer once in a while, until it's time to get back to work fixing the problems going on.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Yeah, this video doesn't show the underlying problems of increasing poverty, thousands of children homeless (thousands!), thousands of vacant homes, and other issues that Grand Rapids is facing. Notice the video is also all white, even though the city is 60% white and 40% non-white Hispanic, Black, Asian and other minorities. Also, the football team and band are from the suburban areas, not Grand Rapids, the cheerleaders are from a private (mostly white) christian high school, and most of the (overweight) wealthy white guys you see in the video don't live in the city. It's fun to cheer once in a while, until it's time to get back to work fixing the problems going on.
There were several minorities in that video . . . it wasn't even close to "all white." And yes, GR has problems, like any city, but the point of the video was to show the good side of Grand Rapids. It doesn't hurt to be optimistic every now and then.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Santa Maria, CA
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What cultural attractions are you referring too? I think maybe they need some advertising since the words downtown Detroit usually convey a rather negative image.

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Downtown Grand Rapids does not even come close to offering the cultural attractions that Detroit offers.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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There were several minorities in that video . . . it wasn't even close to "all white." And yes, GR has problems, like any city, but the point of the video was to show the good side of Grand Rapids. It doesn't hurt to be optimistic every now and then.
Yes, there were several black cheerleaders, a couple of black people in the group at the beginning, Andrea Superdre Wallace (African American DJ), and John Gonzalez from the Grand Rapids Press (Hispanic). So about 6 out of about 1000 people involved in it.
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