I'm only 3 weeks late in seeing your message!
East Grand Rapids is just fine, and close to everything. 14 Years ago, downtown Grand Rapids was pretty scrubby, but we have really moved up in the world. Today Grand Rapids is wonderful, and as a resident, I am thrilled with our progress as a city.
If you need any help looking, give me a call.
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http://Michigan.org Pure Michigan website
http://www.wmta.org/ Western Michigan Travel Association
Hope your move is smooth.
I hope this information helps! Best Wishes to you!
My website has many links that can help you with area information and schools. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me!