Reports & Studies

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is deeply invested in discussing and understanding the issues and ideas that shape the future of Michigan's second largest city. In that spirit DGRI regularly brings communities together for vital conversation, conducts original research and publishes data-driven reports all geared to enrich the civic dialogue, support well-reasoned decision-making and advance the local city building movement. The listing below is DGRI's digital library of works. Additional resources will be added as they become available.

Movies in the Park Event Performance Report (2016)

An overview of the audience demographics, economic activity and attendee satisfaction associated with the 2016 Movies in the Park series.

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Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Annual Report

A summary of DGRI initiatives, partnerships and results in Fiscal Year 2016.

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Movies in the Park Event Performance Report (2015)

An overview of the audience demographics, economic activity and attendee satisfaction associated with the 2015 Movies in the Park series.

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Downtown Improvement District Briefing Guide (2015)

An informational brief on the Downtown Improvement District that details its purpose and boundaries, key service priorities as well as Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. The brief was developed to inform the conversation about renewing the tool in summer 2015.

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Movies in the Park Event Performance Report (2014)

A report on the attendance figures, demographics and economic benefits of the 2014 Movies in the Park series.

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Residential Market Potential Analysis (2014)

An evaluation of the potential for new market-rate rental and for-sale housing units in Downtown Grand Rapids.

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Arena South Underground Parking Feasibility Study (2014)

A study that determines the capacity, feasibility and projected costs associated with building an underground parking ramp in the area south of Van Andel Arena.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Annual Report (2014)

A summary of DGRI initiatives, partnerships and results in 2014.

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Grand Rapids Parklets Manual (2014)

A comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, processes, procedures and guidelines for establishing a parklet in Downtown GR.

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Arena South Visioning Plan (2013)

A community-driven vision for guiding development in the Downtown area south of Van Andel Arena.

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Downtown Grand Rapids Bike Brochure (2013)

A pamphlet geared for visitors that includes a map of Downtown bike lanes, places of interest, tips for safe riding and a list of local bike shops.

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A Framework to Guide Future Planning and Investment (2011)

A community vision and priority-setting document that established a new framework for guiding DDA investment, decision-making and organizational structure.

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Downtown Economic Development Districts Map (2008)

A map depicting the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Improvement District, Renaissance Zones and other special districts.

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Downtown Retail Report (2008)

Survey results and recommended actions to improve the Downtown retail climate based on direct outreach to dozens of Downtown businesses.

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Residential Market Potential Analysis (2008)

An evaluation of the market potential for new market-rate housing in Downtown and the area of Mercy Health St. Mary's campus.

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Monroe North Area Specific Plan (2007)

Recommendations for land use, circulation, parking, development character, infrastructure improvements in the Monroe North neighborhood.

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Downtown Streetscape Guidelines (2006)

Standards to guide good streetscape design and renovation in Downtown Grand Rapids.

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Downtown Accessibility Audit (2006)

An audit of the Downtown area's compliance with the Americans for Disabilities Act guidelines, the Michigan Barrier Free Code and City Sidewalk Guidelines.

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Arts & Entertainment Strategy for Downtown Grand Rapids (2005)

A plan of action to guide the development and evolution of arts and entertainment in Downtown Grand Rapids.

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Development Plan of the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority (2002)

Describes the location, costs and financial resources to implement projected improvements in the DDA district.

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Voices & Vision Summary Report (1993)

Defines the community's aspirations, goals and strategies for development and growth in Downtown Grand Rapids.

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