My wife, kids and I are headed up to Grand Rapids on June 12 to check it out; on Monday morning the 14th I am interviewing there for a job with a private firm. I'd like to pick the Throbbing Brain of Michigan Cyburbians and learn a bit about Grand Rapids. What is your general impression of the city--is it a nice place to live and work? What are some of the attractions? Is it a good town to raise kids? Are there good neighborhoods (I prefer city over suburbs) where you can buy a nice older home without it costing an arm and a leg?
I visited there briefly about 12 years ago and have positive memories, especially the FLW Meyer May house (a masterful restoration, as I remember). But I didn't get into the neighborhoods much and saw little of the surrounding area. So, any information, advice, or warnings would be appreciated. Thanks, Brain!