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Allendale is a small college town west of Grand Rapids, MI. I like that it is not too far away from a metropolitan area and that it is rich with college life! I would like to see more mainstream restaurants and bars open in the Allendale area like Buffalo Wild Wings and bigger bar venues to handle more traffic for social gatherings!
Allendale has a very welcoming feel to its environment. I thoroughly enjoy the strong community that can be found among the citizens here and will always value the city's sense of safety found throughout the area. In the future, I would love to see more opportunities offered to become involved in the city's growth.
I love where I live. It's like any other small town, there's some gossip and drama, and untrustworthy, people. That's where the averageness comes in, but overall, it's a good town. There's not a whole lot to do here but almost all the surrounding counties have anything you could think of within 20 to 30 minutes. My apartment is great, the area is nice looking, and I have my friends and family around. I think some people around here need to work on their friendliness and caring for others skills,' but there are many that I have encountered that go above and beyond with these. The community isn't perfect, but it's definitely better than some. I lived all my teenage years in Allendale and I wouldn't want to go back and change it. Allendale schools are great and offer a lot. I loved my high school class schedule every year, and I never had a problem with any of my teachers, except for one substitute my freshman year. I'd say compared to everywhere else in the country, my town is doing pretty good.