Grand Rapids LipDub

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right. 
~Maya Angelou

It seems as though a few months ago Newsweek called my favorite Michigan city, Grand Rapids, one of the Top 10 Dying Cities. I have no idea how they could say this because, while it is in Michigan, it’s not only fabulous, but booming!

I went to college in the Grand Rapids area and would have no problem walking in the streets downtown at night (now, some of the outlying suburbs on the southeast side… probably not but all cities have this problem). I had no fear taking classes on the downtown campus that would see me leaving the campus after 9 p.m.

The city is situated along a river and there are several green areas and the streets are always kept beautiful.

So, in response to the Newsweek article, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan banded together and came up with this fantastic video that showcases the city and the spirit of the residents. This video is the first and only thing that has made me homesick in the year since I’ve moved from the state.


9 thoughts on “Grand Rapids LipDub

  1. That is so cool that the community came together to make that video! I love it! Makes me want to go visit Grand Rapids.

  2. Glad I’m not the only one who loved it!

    @Jane, you should visit, it is a vibrant, interesting city! (not that I’m biased or anything! 😉

  3. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Grand Rapids, it’s one of my favorite cities in all of Michigan. I didn’t go to school there, but we frequently visited for the bars, restaurants, festivals, shopping and other amazing things that make this city. I’m shocked that they said it was dying, because you’re right it’s BOOMING and always growing. I LOVE this city and the video made me homesick too 😦

  4. I couldnt believe they called Grand Rapids a dying city either. The city itself is beautiful, and a place I love to visit. Every time I visit there is a ton of new construction going on. There are a lot of positive things happening in Grand Rapids.

    And @ Kristin… when my husband and I visited GR together for the first time he said he wanted to retire there, he loved it so much. If it werent for all the snow, I totally would.

  5. Oh, this made me tear up! I’m not from GR, but it really gets under my skin when people say bad things about Michigan or its cities when they don’t know the first thing about them! We intend to “retire” in Michigan when my hubby’s done with the Navy–it will always be home to me.

  6. I didn’t go to GR much (really only while in high school for competitions and stuff) but what I saw of it, I loved. I just didn’t get into the bar scene or anything else and stuck close to home for college. If my hubby does have to go back to MI after the Navy, I think GR will be one of the few places we will look into living because I did like it so much while visiting in high school.

  7. I’m so glad I stopped by today and saw this. Wow, now I am homesick! I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I moved away. I wish moving back was even an option for me.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  8. As a Navy brat turned Navy wife, I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a place long enough to consider it my hometown. But if I did have one, I certainly wouldn’t appreciate a publication labeling it as a dying city. Kudos to you for standing up for Grand Rapids!

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