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?
West Michigan is home to a tremendous array of shops, restaurants, religious
institutions and newspapers that cater to our growing ethnic populations. Although we were settled by Dutch immigrants back in the early 19th century, today this is home to growing numbers of people of African, Asian, Ethiopian, Latino and European origin.
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.