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  1. jbr12

    Detroit Off Topic

    Been awhile since anyone has posted in here, but lets see if anyone is still watching... Anyone know of a scooter rental place in metro Detroit?
  2. Grand Rapids gets on a list in this article about cities looking to add street cars http://www.newurbannews.com/15.3/streetcars.html
  3. Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance posted this Flickr set on their Facebook today in a 'scavenger hunt' to see how many signs people recognize from various downtown businesses. Some pretty cool shots in the set. http://www.flickr.com/photos/downtowngr/sets/72157623218099273/
  4. Being a recent Michigan Alum, I can speak towards the low numbers in Ann Arbor... First, the campus is very nicely interwoven with the city. If you live on central campus, you can easily walk to anything you need. This obviously reduces bus ridership... Secondly, and the #1 reason in my book, is nearly all of the students use the blue Michigan buses to get around campus. These buses do not keep ridership tallies. I did ride the AATA while living in Ann Arbor and that is because I did not live on or near campus. I was about 3 miles away from North Campus (Where my program was) and when my car wasn't functioning or I didn't want to risk the parking ticket, I would walk to the bus stop and take it in. Not sure how it is now, but a few years ago (2005) your student ID only got you free rides on a very select number of routes (mainly Park N Ride Routes) so that could have an affect on reduced ridership numbers also. (I do believe all AATA routes are free for students now)
  5. Here's an animation of the Spartan Stores YMCA to break ground this spring...
  6. http://www.mlive.com/artprize/index.ssf/2010/01/artprize_winning_piece_open_water_no_24_sold_to_devos_foundation_to_remain_at_grand_rapids_art_museu.html
  7. I was shopping at a second-hand shop in Petoskey when I came across this framed poster. Thought some of you might enjoy
  8. When I was up in Petoskey over the Holidays I saw the window power on the roof up there too. I would be very interested to see what kind of power those thing generate and how much that cuts out of the energy bill for a big box like Meijer
  9. Saw this hilarious 'news' story and figured you folks would enjoy... http://www.thenewstribune.com/topstories/story/1006570.html?story_link=email_msg
  10. I noticed that the Spartan 'S' is on the north side of the MSU Building... I'm not a fan. It leaves much to be desired I think
  11. jbr12

    Detroit Off Topic

  12. Forget a new market... lets re-purpose something! http://civileats.com/2009/12/03/inventing-the-suburban-farm/
  13. http://cgi.ebay.com/Loch-Ness-Monster-Nessie-Artprize-Award-Winner_W0QQitemZ330382144326QQcmdZViewItemQQptZArt_Sculptu Nessie is on the Auction Block... Apparently it would be to costly to winterize her. The post from their Facebook site:
  14. Anyone realize they had a construction cam? http://gallery.triangle-inc.com/view/view.shtml
  15. But really... complaining about 20 minutes? Go to any major airport and you can EASILY spend an hour in line to get through security, especially for the early morning flights.
  16. Here's a Q&A from GVSU regarding this transaction: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/ind...ding_its_i.html The best at the end:
  17. LEED certification was not the driving factor in the design by any means. The Double Skin Facade provides numerous advantages in terms of natural ventilation & thermal advantages. I remember seeing a number of thermal, solar and ventilation simulations that were framed along the 'back entrance' the Architecture Building highlighting the various environmental systems throughout the building. Some very cool stuff Couple more shots from Golscorer's Flickrstream:
  18. This is one of my favorite buildings in Ann Arbor. I was in school there when it was being built. The interiors of that building are great! Incredible natural lighting
  19. ^^^ I'm with Wingbert. I'm sure it looked cool in concept on paper, but I really dislike how it turned out. Also, remember building orientation here. The majority of the growies will be on the north facade
  20. Just keep in mind, all of those locations listed about are in more temperate climates. Green screens in our climate are still very much a experimental application...
  21. My wife and I just spent the afternoon downtown. Sadly, it was the first time we could get a baby sitter since ArtPrize started. We basically hit up the Top Ten. The BOB had quite a few people milling about and the Blue Bridge was very heavily trafficked. From there we went up to the Old Federal Building and there was a line out the door and along Pearl all the way to Division. Luckily, it moved quickly and we got to check out everything inside. Pretty huge crowd of people inside too. The area around Openwater and the Field of Reeds was nearly impossible to move around. People were getting pictures with Ran Ortner(?), the artist for Open Water. We then went up to UICA and found a very healthy crowd there as well. The crowds are still out in force for ArtPrize!
  22. Was wondering if anyone had any info / suggestions / reviews of any of the fall Halloween / corn maze type stuff in the area. Here are a few I have heard of : Forest of Fear (Patterson Ave - Caledonia) Witch's Walk Haunted Corn Maze (Fruit Ridge, NW GR) The Haunt (Not sure where this is)
  23. Poll added with pictures and links to each artist! Whew!
  24. http://blog.mlive.com/squarefootagewm/2009...i_creation.html
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