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Everything posted by Weallneedhistory

  1. 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.
  2. Actually I'm thankful for the bump. We forget how much things have changed!
  3. That last picture of the tower in prague freaked me right out!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. We need to find someone who can figure out how to power Grand Rapids through all the lightning strikes this spire might gather.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 anyo
  14. 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.
  15. Civitas, I am going to assume you are a part-time archivist, or otherwise you missed your calling. The historian in me is praying you have all of your info stored digitally too. Great stuff.
  16. I do love seeing our blue bridge lit up at night, especially when flying down I-196. And it is a good idea to have "trendy" stores on the river, or something where people can head towards the river area and be entertained (like all the new proposals I suppose). In reflection, I had a good time a few weeks ago just sitting on the grass in front of the Ford, down near the river. There were 3 of us, and we were all shocked that, apart from the carriage rides, we were the only one's down there, just sitting there, at about 3:00 on a Sunday afternoon, just relaxing. Now Festival was going o
  17. I concur that I don't think it's that bad. It could use some cleaning, and it is very frustrating to see some of the boardwalks always closed off (at least when I head down there), and yet GRDad hit it on the head early on when he mentioned how high this river rises at times. I live in Grandville right now, and have quite often seen, not only the natural banks, but good old Butterworth Road covered up as well. And how often have we been downtown in the spring, only to see our beloved Boardwalk underwater? It can be tough to place parks right near the river (Riverside Park) knowing they wil
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