Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
This is what we non-French-speaking folks call La Grande Vitesse, a giant bright-red outdoor sculpture by Alexander Calder that graces a plaza in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Towering over many public festivals and events, The Calder has become the iconic image for the city and is featured on all its downtown signage.
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