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  1. they could always make all this a reality: http://www.oakdaleneighbors.org/BostonSquare.html
  2. can someone put together a map that overlays a color over all the actual property owned by Amplify GR in this process? also, is the Azzar Store Equipment building THAT Azzar of the Keeler building fame? If so... that will be a difficult negotiation to buy up the whole neighborhood.
  3. I would encourage everyone to go back to my first post that started this thread. It is crazy how many of the buildings I posted are now something completely different.
  4. So This building has been pretty much the same for the past 5 years. When I took this photo the other day, there was a guy working on something in there. the inside has some tools but is pretty cluttered. It seems like there would be some serious potential for such a big building in a prime location (especially with the easy access for delivery trucks) 2007 photo: So what's the deal with this building?
  5. no that is across the street, there is a new ophthalmology place where the Miller Zylstra building was. here: and here is the old walgreens:
  6. Fun stuff happening on Michigan: that hot % now is a "Donk's" http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2012/11/taco_boy_owners_will_open_new.html the old walgreens on diamond is becoming a good will and a building just popped up on the north side by Grand Coney - can't remember what the sign said at this moment.
  7. Saw a sign in the window of Sand Mann's that a Little Caesars is going in soon. I am glad a business is filling an empty building but not so thrilled that it is a big chain (and one of such low quality too)
  8. With any development in this area I think it is important to think of it's impact on the lower income neighborhood around it. Will it have any effect on property values and property taxes? As wealthy street becomes more desirable to people outside of the neighborhood and since the rent in apartments like these will probably be somewhat higher than most rentals in the area, will the current community find it more difficult to afford rent as rates rise around them? I think this building has some amazing potential to be turned into something really useful to the neighborhood and street, but I also hope that the businesses going in will serve all the groups in the community, college students, young families, single professionals, old folks, white, black, people with degrees, people who don't have degrees, upwardly mobile, and those living in poverty. I hope businesses and projects like these serve as places that bring people from different walks of life together not separate them even further.
  9. In the end, I want the businesses to appeal to both the people who live in the neighborhood who are there out of necessity and those who are there by choice. I want businesses that appeal to all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds and are comfortable places to frequent for people from many different walks of life. I think Sandmanns did a good job of bridging some of those gaps and I hope more businesses in the future can do the same (without the tax issues)
  10. I would encourage you all to check out the salon page on facebook that is referred to in these recent posts and see that the owner of the store is actively participating in discussion about the recent plans. It is great to have people so passionate about our community and I am glad that they are involving the Baxter Neighborhood Association. I believe that many of the low-income residents of the neighborhood are greatly underrepresented in the online conversations about Wealthy street, so it is good to get them involved in other ways. https://www.facebook.com/groups/UrbanistSalon/
  11. When I see someone post things like this, it makes me sad: Characterizing people as "wannabe street thugs" is troubling. Would you say the same thing if those people "loitering" had handlebar mustaches, plaid shirts, and rode around on fixies? that is a big assumption, especially since the market's new owners have made a deliberate effort to include more produce, craft beer, etc. It so so much more constructive to talk about the concentration of households in poverty, racial/ethnic makeup of a community, etc instead of just calling it a "ghetto" They have a reputation of being places that attract white, upper-middle class white people... I live VERY close to the Miti Mini and I often think to myself why I have never gone in there. It is convenient, sells beer and liquor (I assume) but for some reason if I needed to get a bottle of Vodka for a party, I would probably end up driving to CVS in EGR or Eastown. Why is that? I think it is because I don't feel comfortable there. It's not the setting or clientele that I grew up with. But every time I go to Martha's Vineyard, I have to stop myself and think, why have I RARELY seen minorities in that place? Could it be the same reason I don't go to the Miti Mini? Maybe they don't feel comfortable shopping there because it is not what THEY grew up with. Who am I to say what kind of booze is good for a community? Why is it ok for me to stumble home after a night at Brewery Vivant but not someone who has drank "vodka in brown paper bag"? Why is it ok to have a business that sells whiskey and Gruyere cheese but not a business that sells whiskey and cheetos? If these are the differences that we are fighting against, we need to look a little closer at our REAL reasons and talk about the problems of different groups of people with different needs and different tastes living in the same community.
  12. yeah that is pretty much how people park there (and how i did this morning) as the big delivery truck brought supplies into that garage door in front of the parked cars...
  13. A little birdie in the Neighborhood told me that David LaGrand Bought the property, but no word yet on what the plans for it are.
  14. No Spire!? that makes me sad, that was the thing I was most excited about on that building!
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