Grand Rapids

Population

2010: 188,040, #124 in U.S., #2 in Michigan

1950: 176,515, #55 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 774,160, #69 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 288,292, #65 in U.S.

Setting

Grand Rapids was founded in 1826 on the Grand River. Today there are parks and a Riverwalk along the river.

Buildings

Tallest building: River HouseCondominiums (2008), 406 feet

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Grand Rapids has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak’s Pere Marquette train runs to Chicago from a small, new (1984) station in downtown Grand Rapids.

Museums

The Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum are located downtown.

 




Grand Rapids and Grand River

Theaters

Grand Rapids has no downtown movie theaters. The Civic Theatre (formerly the Majestic, 1903) is a community theater in a former movie house. The Devos Performance Hall (1980) hosts the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapidstouring Broadway shows, and a variety of concerts.

Sports

The West Michigan Whitecaps, Single-A Midwest League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, play at Fifth Third Ballpark (1994) in the suburb of Comstock Park, north of Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League  play at Van Andel Arena (1996). 

Map of Downtown Grand Rapids

Downtown Alliance