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  1. I took a walk through Ada yesterday after church. Instant downtown.
  2. I’ve never seen Miss Chiquita Banana at the Downtown Market. Photo was taken as an inside joke with the mural artist about there being no bananas in her art. Miss Banana was a little concerned when I invited her out into the parking deck. Lol
  3. If any of you haven’t been to Bridge Street Market yet you should visit soon. It is much, much, much, much more than Deep Woods Off and an amazing selection of beer. In fact, most people find it amazing, spectacular, urban-cool, etc. The selection is complete, fresh, local and well priced. It is a full-service true neighborhood grocery store like none you have ever seen. The west side is an amazingly diverse population - economically, racially, age, education, religion, language, etc. Bridge Street Market is intentionally designed to meet the needs of everyone in a sincerely welcoming environment. Jane Jacobs believed, and I agree, that the best neighborhoods are diverse in all regards. The best places in such neighborhoods are those where we can come together as neighbors. This grocery store is just such a unique and wonderful place. As for “a lot of fun”, last night (Wednesday) I walked Bridge Street from New Holland to Bridge Street Market and there were people everywhere. All the restaurants were busy and people were hanging out on the sidewalks just enjoying the vib. Bridge Street Market is already drawing even more people to the street. If you haven’t been on Bridge Street in a year, you’ve never been on Bridge Street. Many more exciting changes are coming. Come see for yourself. I’ll admit that I’ve been working on concepts and planning for this project for many years. As such my opinion is biased. I’m thrilled to see it open. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on many other transformational projects over my 50 year career. This is one that I’m very excited about. I love it.
  4. Bridge Street Placemaking. Photos are 5 years apart.
  5. Retro, traditional and restrained.
  6. That very cold morning after the steam plant boiler exploded....
  7. The Michigan Brewery, Peter Weirich, proprietor, was built in 1856. He erected two small buildings, in which business was carried on for some time. In 1858 an addition was made to the business, but in 1866 the entire brewery was torn down, and the present one erected. The brewery is 70 x 60 feet, three and half stories high, with a wing 54 x 78 feet. He has in connection five malt floors, an ice house, 70 x 100 feet, and large bottling works in connection. Mr. Weirich owns a farm in Walker township, on which are two ponds, where he freezes all the ice needed in his business. He uses spring water for the manufacture of his beer, and sells about 7,000 barrels annually. His annual trade will exceed $50,000. PETER WEIRICH Aril 2, 1887, at noon, Peter Weirich, long identified with the brewing and other business interests of the West Side, died at his home on West Bridge street. Mr. Weirich had been sick nearly three months, an attack of pneumonia developing into a quick consumption against which even his powerful frame and great vitality could make but little resistance. He was born in the village of Todtenorth, near Coblentz, in Prussia, Jan., 18, 1831, and was consequently 56 years of age at the time of his death. The year that he attained his majority he came to America to seek his fortune, with the sole capital of his hands and brains, first going to Milwaukee, but within a year applying for and receiving employment at the brewery of Christopher Kusterer in this city. Within two years (in 1855) he purchased the property where the Michigan brewery now stands and went into business for himself. The next year he married Josephine Arnold, of Austria, who died 12 years ago. Mr. Weirich prospered in business and became identified with the business advancement of the West Side to a considerable extent; he owned several business blocks and was a director in the Fifth National Bank in the organization of which he was prominent. The eighth ward elected him to the council for several terms and found him an active and influential representative. In 1875 Mr. Weirich married as his second wife Mary Peterman, a native of Austria, as was his first wife. She survives him. Of a family of 10 children, but five are now living, a young son, Henry, and four daughters. Two sister of Mr. Weirich, Mrs. Brach and Mrs. Lachman, reside here, and there are two in Germany. He was a Mason and a member of the Turn and Arbeiter Vereins. His acquaintance and associations were extensive, and by them all he was highly esteemed as a business man, a citizen and a friend.
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