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    50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    I don't think 50m currently looks hidious, BUT I am giddy to have a look out of the past again. Especially after the all the modern development up on the Mile, I want to see some older restorations again.
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    Grand Rapids Then and Now

    Actually I'm thankful for the bump. We forget how much things have changed!
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    The Watering Hole

    That last picture of the tower in prague freaked me right out!
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    The Watering Hole

    yes, it was meant to be sarcasm...with the exception of that last sentence. I think this might be a good idea for areas where they have no farmland. But I can't stand all the sprawl moving into the country and then complaining about the smell of the cows, or needing to build every convenience right away. Just like I never understood the need to own an Hummer or an H2 when living in the city. Some of the designs did look pretty cool though.
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    The Watering Hole

    <----- Is afraid of heights anyway
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    The Watering Hole

    Aackk! I checked out the slideshow, and well, that is just waaaaayyyy too Sci-Fi/Matrixy for me. The plus side is that finally we can get rid of those yucky farms that are really smelly near my McMansion, and instead put in brand new Condos and maybe even a corner shopping center with a Whole Foods store. Although this might be a great idea for highly over-populated areas.
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    Hey, what's that?

    I do like what they've done with the place, by looking at the pics. I love the looks of that ceiling, and that atmosphere of a different era.
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    Biggest House in metro GR

    My three big priorities in these types of homes are: 1. Beautiful library, lots of dark wood and room for my ever expanding collection. 2. Just as beautiful landscaping (or the opportunity for me to go and create such item). 3. A room big enough to hold a regulation size pocket billards table. Thats it. If those three don't exist, I'm not interested in buying.
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    Biggest House in metro GR

    Stayed at work late, didn't get down to GRPL to look up this place. Tomorrow, and much of this weekend might be spent in a treestand (weather permitting) so I won't be back there for a bit I'm afraid. Thats true about the black fence. Put up a privacy fence, and myths start flowing.
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    Biggest House in metro GR

    Hmmm, never driven by that house before. I'll have to check it out. If I can leave work on time (and not take home any grading) I hope to work a little bit tomorrow at the GRPL archives. If I'm there and have spare time I'll try check it out, unless someone has posted info about it by that time.
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    Biggest House in metro GR

    Yeah, there are a few of those scattered throughout EGR, especially down Plymouth and Robinson, built by the Waters, Foote's, Blodgetts, etc.... I've always liked that one Torgo. Again, theres a simple elegance to it, although I'd prefer better landscaping. Still, it has a dignity to it, compared to the extravagence one finds out in Forest Hills. Of course we don't have any Biltmore's around here (at a modest 175,000 sq. ft.), but another favorite of mine is Holmdene, which once was a private estate, now at Aquinas. And I think the original Dudley Waters Estate (over on College) was rather eye catching as well back in the day, before all those apartments and buildings were built upon the land. Ahhh, to walk back in time....
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    We need to find someone who can figure out how to power Grand Rapids through all the lightning strikes this spire might gather.
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    Biggest House in metro GR

    I know right where you're talking, but I've never been down that dirt road portion. I'll have to check it out. If I recall correctly, I think it was the younger DeVos who owned the shack that I'm recalling. Either way, its big, but I can't say its the most wonderful landscaping...at least from my vantage. It's kinda just there in the open. His brother made a better choice I think.
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    Biggest House in metro GR

    Yeah, the Gantos estate has been on the block for a few years now. Although big, I never like the look of it...its not symmetrical like Brookby. I know the people who sold the property to them, they actually owned all of that land for years before many of those homes were built. Brookby, the Blodgett Estate, is 11,000 sq. ft. on 8.5 acres in EGR, with a lovely view of Fisk Lake. Although it was the grandest estate in its day (I think it still is up there) there are bigger ones out in the Forest Hills area. Personally, I don't think bigger is roughly better in many cases. Has anyone ever seen the monster that sits between Cascade Rd and Burton St? You can view it from Burton as you are heading West, right before it hits Kraft. It sits next to the old Fryling property where that infamous murder occurred. It has an orange roof. That looks like a hotel from the distance. Now that I double check, this might be the same home GRDad was talking about...Tassell?
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    Yeah, I guess I'll just have to wait and see it in real life before I give my final judgements. Right now I'm kinda at a loss for words. I'm sure people will say "wow," I just don't know what kind of "wow" it will be.