Grand Rapids on Forbes' list of 'emerging downtowns'

9:02 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- There's more love for Grand Rapids, this time for our downtown. Forbes.com ranked Grand Rapids as 10 in its list of 15 U.S. Cities' Emerging Downtowns.

Forbes said of Grand Rapids: 

Since the mid-1990s, the small Michigan city has drummed up billions in public-private funding. Investments have yielded the Van Andel Arena, the new $60 million home of the Grand Rapids Museum, a $220 million convention center, and $1 billion in new hospitals and new headquarters for Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. Rockford Construction has converted more than a dozen abandoned warehouses and office buildings into 400,000 square feet of updated residential, retail and office space. This summer will welcome the $30 million Downtown Market, a year-round culinary marketplace, spanning 130,000 square feet and the city plans to build a rapid transit bus line that will more easily cart people from the suburbs to Grand Rapids' downtown.

Read the article here.

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