Familiarly known as the "Furniture City," in recognition of its 19th-century beginnings as a furniture manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is Michigan's second-largest city. Home to a handful of colleges and universities, there is a growing population of young professionals who enjoy eclectic neighborhoods and cutting-edge restaurants. The Gerald R. Ford Museum honors our nation's 38th president and onetime Grand Rapids resident. Contemporary-art exhibits at the new home of the Grand Rapids Art Museum—dubbed GRAM, for short—enhance a permanent collection that includes works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Richard Diebenkorn. Honoring its furniture-making past, companies like Herman Miller still thrive in the region, employing thousands of people and shipping products worldwide.
There seems to be something about this remote collection of islands that fosters the rare, the fearless, and above all, the weird.More