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joeDowntown last won the day on April 11 2012

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About joeDowntown

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  1. Development Projects - Belknap Lookout Area

    I’m surprised Meritage hasn’t expanded Twisted Rooster locations. Food is decent, beer is good, place is always packed. I’ve gone to both Wheelhouse and Crooked Goose and it wasn’t bad, but forgettable. Either way, glad to see some of these street level locations filling up! joe
  2. New projects in Monroe North

    Cool. I'll have to sneak down and see if I can get a photo! Joe
  3. They literally just announced a 940,000 sq ft expansion. Doesn’t sound like a lack of commitment to Grand Rapids. They also IPO’ed this year, which may have threw off timelines a bit. Joe
  4. New projects in Monroe North

    It doesn’t sound great. Hope it looks better than described.
  5. New projects in Monroe North

    Did you see the latest renderings when you were there? Are they the same? All brick? Joe
  6. They also mentioned 46% of available space being full. That's a pretty big chunk of space in itself and it'll be interesting to see if companies expand their presence once they've proven quality of service. Joe
  7. East Beltline Developments

    I just hope they make it a "gentle" curve (maybe banked like the autobahn) or there going to be a lot of teen drivers that end up in the park or "golf course".
  8. New projects on the West Side

    Sorry, I took it wrong. I’m really bummed about those signs so I may have taken it personally. Let the signs stay with the development, Walt. Joe
  9. New projects on the West Side

    Umm, I was just asking if they had any plans. Whether it would stay in the neighborhood, etc. not exactly a question that deserved a snarky response (if that was your intent). Generally happy that the signs aren’t going in the dumpster. Wish they could be incorporated into the neighborhood somehow. Joe
  10. New projects on the West Side

    Hurray for saving the sign! Did they say what they'll do with it? Joe
  11. Gaslight Village

    I agree. I can't really pick a style they were going for. I generally like the infill they've added in Gaslight Village, but this seems like a bit of a swing and a miss. It's a shame, because they used some expensive materials. Seems like a better design would have been fairly easy without additional costs. I also agree that I don't think they'll age well. Joe
  12. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    I was driving east on 196 yesterday and was a little disappointed that the building won't stick out from a height perspective, but it will add a lot as far as infill of the cityscape. Joe
  13. Aquinas College

    Can't see the attachments. Can you add them again?
  14. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Maybe they are. For some reason, I thought Warner Tower was getting a significant jump on the Hyatt Place building, but maybe I just made it up. Joe
  15. Mangiamo/Paddock Place Residential Development

    Whoa friends. Stop slinging insults at each other (some people probably didn't see the delete comments). It's find to have differing opinions, but again, if you want to pick fights, go to Salon or Mlive. AG3- I like your Belknap development. X99 is a purest, and gets into the fine details. I often don't agree with him, but he usually has valid arguments about historical accuracy (though sometimes tells it in a blunt, "your shirt makes you look fat" sort of style that gets under the skin). This isn't a .... measuring contest. I value everyone's opinions, whether I agree with them or not. I hope everyone will keep posting, keep up the critical discourse, but come on, take the high road people... And I think GRDad put himself in a timeout on this discussion. Let's all get along! Joe