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    New projects on the West Side

    Match this with the idea of Bridge St going to a curbless "shared" street .
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    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    So correct me if I am wrong, the Land Bank was created for the excessive number of foreclosures during the last housing recession. Was the initial intent for the Land Bank to be permanent? I know the Land Bank did have a number of "enemies" such as the RPOA.
  3. Walker has a 1% income tax and they have Meijer and Bissell, among others. That has not stopped them. (Side Note) Personally, I am going to say the city income tax is more annoying than anything else. I've worked in Walker, lived in Grand Rapids, while my wife worked in Ionia (which also has a city income tax). Thats 3 additional required tax returns.. thats simply just annoying.
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    So the 131 exit doesnt start until after the Lane Ave on ramp. I think this is the reasoning for the location of the start of the 131 off ramp.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    Wow, that looks worse and cheesier than I was expecting (and I had low expectations).
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    You start widening highways and you often just shift the traffic problem to other locations 'downstream'. ...i.e. exits and secondary roads. Also you just encourage more suburban sprawl until you have the same traffic issues again. Not saying there aren't actual issues though.
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I thought I-196 traffic was bad when they closed 96 this year. 1 lane WB seems multitudes worse. It seems like this could close a lot of the downtown exits temporarily too.
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    UP Advice

    Its a million times better than it used to just from what you have done to it! Thankful its not a pawn shop anymore!....ol Nash's Outlet I like the brick and the new windows ..please dont paint the brick. Although painting brick does seem to be 'in' right now. That leaves what to do with the second story. Maybe others will provide ideas. Just curious the opening on the right side of the second story accessible? Is that a deck? If not it should be Heres a snapshot I found for what it used to look like for those curious....need Cash..see Nash
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    New projects on the West Side

    Lets not forget that used to be a Cina Mini.,-85.6866549,3a,75y,1.72h,87.48t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdmufBZVY078rAHPOfDQp1w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Since the beginning of the year I happened to notice theres about 10+ Rapid buses sitting in the back of the Grand Rapids Auto Auction lot in Hudsonville (visible from Chicago Dr). I believe they were all the hybrid buses. Were the hybrid buses a fail?
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    If looking for the 2 farthest stops on the schedule where the routes overlap is cherry picking. Then yes I cherry picked - trying to objectively look at the speed performance of the Silverline. The distance between these 2 stops takes up just over 40% of each route (14min of the 33min route) and covers 4.5 miles of Division. I would say that is pretty significant. The #1's 54th St Meijer stop is on Clyde Park and is 1 mile away from the Silverline's 54th and Division stop. With that, of course the #1 is going to take longer. So that comment doesnt seem to really align. On that point though, the SIlverline only takes 4 minutes to get to 44th from 60th - while the #1 takes 1 minute longer to cover a shorter distance 54th (and Division) to 44th St. So an improvement for the Silverline. The Silverline does appear to travel 20% faster per mile in the downtown area north of Franklin. But from the evidence it appears it did not make up much speed along the majority of Division.
  12. This will put way more pressure on the other parking lot across from Plaza Towers. Am I getting greedy?
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    I had a look at the new Silverline schedule. According to the schedule it shows no improvements in the speed of the route compared to the #1 route. They both take exactly 14 minutes to get from 44th st and Division to Franklin and Division. Is this correct?
  14. Plaza Towers, the apartments take floors 8 thru 14 - so 7 floors. So Irony would be correct. Portions of floors 1 and 2 are some common areas for the apartments as well though and additional parking not included in the footprint. (Floors 15 thru 32 are condos in PT.) It does seem like it could result in some significant build-up. Doesn't $5 million seem low for a project like this?
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    New grocery store for the West Side

    Whatever happened to this project? Dead?