I was born and raised in GR. We used to say the best way to see Grand Rapids is in your rear-view mirror. But having lived in the metro Detroit area for about the past 30 yrs., I can say I miss Grand Rapids. It’s a very livable city. It’s changed, but I realize now it was a great place in which to be raised.
I grew up in Queens, which was dirty, ugly, crowded and I loved the damn place. The idiotic politics drove me out, mostly coddling violent criminals.