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Grand Rapids rates among Outside's 'highly successful cities'

July 20, 2018
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The City of Grand Rapids' urban planners have been recognized by their state peers for the Green Grand Rapids Master Plan. Photo via Facebook

Beer City is a subject of interest for an active lifestyle publication.

Outside magazine mentions Grand Rapids in its August 2018 issue detailing the “Six Habits of Highly Successful Cities.”

Among these six habits is a thriving craft beer scene. The article says craft breweries inject culture, youth and cash into communities, and towns across the U.S. are “fighting to get one.”

The entire craft beer industry of Kent County gathers about $7 million in direct spending from outside visitors annually, according to Outside.

A number of other craft beer havens are listed alongside Grand Rapids: Philadelphia; Roanoke, Virginia; Mills River, North Carolina; Bend, Oregon; Milton, Delaware; and Middlebury, Vermont.

Nicholas Hunt, associate editor of Outside, said two other factors put Grand Rapids on Outside’s radar: riverfront revitalization and outdoor access, comparing it to several other places: Boston; Brooklyn, New York; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Louisville, Kentucky; and Richmond, Virginia.

Outside’s “Six Habits of Highly Successful Cities”

1. Successful waterfront revitalization
2. Urban renewal
3. Investing in trails, rapids and other adventure-sports assets
4. Thriving craft beer scene
5. Re-inventing the suburbs to relieve pressure on crowded and expensive urban cores
6. Tech hubs with expansive outdoor areas

Outside magazine

Outside is a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based publication covering travel, sports, adventure, health and fitness.

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