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Grand Rapids Then and Now


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#341 SupercityGR

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

Oh. All makes more sense now. Thank you for the link. I thought those 3 buildings already broke ground?



 

#342 GRDadof3

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

Oh. All makes more sense now. Thank you for the link. I thought those 3 buildings already broke ground?

 

Nope. 2 of the 3 have broken ground (the ones near Pekich Park/Cherry & Division). Nothing has been released on 240 Ionia...yet.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

didnt feel like starting a new topic. Big move into bridgewater place

 

edit: after i made this post, a new thread was started on it. sorry


Edited by SupercityGR, 14 January 2013 - 05:23 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:26 AM

didnt feel like starting a new topic. Big move into bridgewater place

 

edit: after i made this post, a new thread was started on it. sorry

 

I think this will be the first company to move into those floors since DTE moved Michcon out of there in 2000.  I have checked periodically over the years and they have always been vacant on McKinley's website.


Edited by andrew.w, 15 January 2013 - 09:27 AM.


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

The space into which Spectrum is moving has been vacant for the past five years after DT Energy moved out of downtown to Kentwood, Wiener said. The 17-story building at 333 Bridge Street NW is now 70 percent leased, he said.



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

Then:

http://www.historygr...r-governor-club

Dianavirtual-4.jpg

 

 

 

Now:

http://goo.gl/maps/OjjfI

 

What a great old facade Olive's used to have.  And you could rent bikes for $0.25/hr!  Fun!!



#347 joeDowntown

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:20 AM

Interesting- I walked by Olive's the other day and wondered what the facade used to look like. At some point somebody put nasty faux rock on that building. Olive's has done an ok job making it look respectable, but it doesn't look nearly as nice as this picture. 

 

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Then:

http://www.historygr...r-governor-club

 

What a great old facade Olive's used to have.  And you could rent bikes for $0.25/hr!  Fun!!



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

Interesting- I walked by Olive's the other day and wondered what the facade used to look like. At some point somebody put nasty faux rock on that building. Olive's has done an ok job making it look respectable, but it doesn't look nearly as nice as this picture. 

 

Joe

 

Apparently sometime between fotoman’s 1936 photo and this 1949 photo the faux rock façade was added:

 

http://grpl.contentd...gleitem/rec/349

 

The business to the left in the link, Buth’s Dairy Bar, later moved around the corner and morphed into Jersey Junction. I can remember sitting with my grandmother in Buth’s having a chocolate malted probably only a couple of years after this picture was taken. You could look across the street through the window and see the roller coaster at Ramona Park, although the roller coaster was no longer operating by then.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 09:44 PM



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:42 AM

3,000,000 feet of exhibit space would make GR one of the biggest in the country.  I wonder how much there is now. 



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:37 AM

3,000,000 feet of exhibit space would make GR one of the biggest in the country.  I wonder how much there is now. 

 

There's about a million just in Devos Place. If you add in the JW and AGP, Probably 1.2?

 

There's an interesting article about DVP in the Press today, with a great aerial photo of that area pre-convention center and pre-Hall of Justice.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:08 PM

Just ran across this blog tonight.  It's got some interesting before and after street photos:

 

http://gr-retro.blog...6-vs-today.html



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

Those pictures of Michigan...I almost cried.






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