Long Live Grand Rapids Michigan

Who doesn’t love a great comeback? Whether it’s Rocky, Rudy, or Friday Night Lights, I’m a sucker for the underdog. A great story that has gotten attention this week is the fighting spirit of the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Who doesn’t love a great comeback? Whether it’s Rocky, Rudy, or Friday Night Lights, I’m a sucker for the underdog. A great story that has gotten attention this week is the fighting spirit of the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I just spoke today to Dave Mapes, who is the General Manager of Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a wonderful guy and is thrilled that Grand Rapids is fighting back from negative attention it received when Newsweek released it’s list of 10 dying cities in the U.S. and his own Michigan town of Grand Rapids made the list.  That label of being a “dying city” was harsh, but Dave Mapes doesn’t agree at all.

“The Newsweek story caused quite an uproar,” Mapes said. “The truth is that we are a growing city. We have people from all over the world moving to Grand Rapids. It’s a great place to live. We have so much to do here. ”

And according to Dave, the economic indicators are good too.

“Home prices have stabilized and in some neighborhoods prices are on the up-tick. Our unemployment is lower than the national average and we have shifted from an industrial city to one focused on professional services.”

Recently an amazing video produced by Rob Bliss has shown that Grand Rapids won’t take this declaration lying down. The viral video has now been hailed by Roger Ebert as “the greatest music video ever made.”

After watching the video below and hearing Dave’s passion, I hope you join me in rooting hard for Grand Rapids, Michigan and enjoy the American spirit and pride in their hometown that’s evident in this video.

Picture courtesy of Flickr user ellenm1

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David Marine is the Vice President of Brand Engagement for Coldwell Banker where he oversees the brand’s content strategy including acting as managing editor for the Coldwell Banker blog and heading up video production efforts. While Vice President by day, David runs a three ring circus at night as he is the father of 4 boys. He also happens to be married to Wonder Woman. True story.

  • Gary Beckman

    Dave,

    Thanks for your efforts. I agree that Grand Rapids is very much alive and growing and a wonderful city in which to live. I don't know where Newsweek got it's information but so often they have certain criteria they use and often it is misleading. So happy you took the time to fight and the video is awesome and brings tears to my eyes.

    • http://blog.coldwellbanker.com Coldwell Banker

      Thanks for the comment Gary and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Happy to see that Grand Rapids isn’t taking this lying down but instead showing the country that it doesn’t care what a media outlet may say and that it’s a vibrant community.

  • Gordon J. Naumoff

    Gordon J. Naumoff

    Dave Mapes, Way to Go!

  • http://www.cbview.com Chris Crocker

    Simply amazing. Can't wait for the encore!

  • http://beckybuck.rein.mlxchange.com/ Becky Buck

    REALLY ENJOYED your blog with the video. I was raised in Michigan–Grand Rapids and Saginaw Michigan. Great memories!

  • http://www.youtube.com/beckybuckrealtor Becky Buck

    Thought I'd log in — as I was saying I have great memories of Grand Rapids. Thanks again for posting their awesome video.

    • http://coldwellbanker.com david_marine

      Thanks so much for the comment and glad you enjoyed the post. Grand Rapids is a great town and happy to hear this brought back some good memories for you.

  • Chris Griffin RBM

    Thanks for posting. Had not seen or heard of this yet. Grand Rapids does ROCK! One of the jewels of Michigan for sure!

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