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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Monroe Ave. at Division Ave., 1896
Before: Monroe Ave. at Division Ave., 1896
Monroe and Division, 2009 (2)
After: Monroe and Division, 2009 (2)

Corner of Monroe and Division, Then and Now (2)

In 1896 bicycles were becoming popular as a means of transportation during warm weather. Streetcars graced the streets of Grand Rapids is various forms until the 1930s when they were replaced by buses. Monroe has evolved from a bustling downtown, retail business area serving the entire city to one with many restaurants and shops that serve a more limited clientele. Monroe Center became a pedestrian mall for a time in the 1980s, but is currently open to vehicles.


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