In reading Grand Rapids development news over the years, you always come across Grand Rapids emulating other cities or having Grand Rapids proponents arguing that Grand Rapids needs exactly what XYZ city has. Or if Grand Rapids gets X then we would be just ABC-ville.
Exhibit A: Urban Market – Emulating: Columbus-OH, Milwaukee,-WI, San Francisco-CA, Seattle-WA
Exhibit B: Streetcars – Emulating: Portland-OR
Exhibit C: Trader Joes & Whole Foods – Emulating: Every other community that has one
Exhibit D: Whitewater course for the Grand River – Emulating: South Bend-IN, Wasua-WI, Petoskey and Chesaning-MI
Exhibit E: Monorail – Emulating: North Haverbrook, Odgenville, and Brockway
Anyway Grand Rapids sheep can now become the shepherd, or the tables have finally been turned. There is a city in the United States that is benchmarking Grand Rapids, and is actually aspiring to emulate our city.
The city is Cedar Rapids, the second largest city in Iowa, built on the Cedar River. With a population of 128,000 Cedar Rapids is an economic hub in Iowa. The cities have a lot of similarities besides the whole “Rapids” thing, and based on this story in the Gazette Online, Cedar Rapids aspire to have a medical district like the Medical Mile on Michigan Street that Grand Rapids developed. I found it fascinating to see Grand Rapids actually being bench marked for a change and not the opposite. So slow down Grand Rapids take a breath, and enjoy the view from the pedestal. Oh and thanks for the compliment Cedar Rapids you’re making us blush.
Be sure to read the whole story here.
Any of you readers have more examples of Grand Rapids being bench marked by other communities (maybe with ArtPrize)?