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  1. grcitydog

    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Why are they thinking of building some crazy expensive system that's not tested when we don't have any sort of rail system now. I would rather see 10 miles of "normal" track than 1 mile of some hi-tech experimental track. Maybe once people get used to mass transit in Michigan and see its value, then we can move on to the cool stuff.
  2. grcitydog

    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    I voted for the proposal and am disappointed that it didn't pass, but in retrospect, it could be a good thing. I have to agree that light rail would be a bold step, something BRT is at least perceived as not. Imagine how light rail in a city this size, if it is successful, would propel GR into the spotlight as being a "green city". Hopefully, the ITP can regroup and come back with a proposal that is audacious and will get both sides talking and get things moving toward our future. Since a BRT line on division won't be built, perhaps we can get something better.
  3. grcitydog

    Hey, what's that?

    It is now a Guatemalen grocery store. I'm glad that spot wasn't empty very long.
  4. grcitydog

    Grand Rapids Then and Now

    It's very hard to read, but those are the names of the adjacent streets: Kellogg at the top and Cherry at the bottom. This area contains what is now former Mayor Logies house, among other residences.
  5. grcitydog

    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    I think the real advantage of a light rail or street car system over a BRT, especially the kind planned for Division is the permanance the laying of tracks in a road has over painting lanes. If I were a developer and wanted to build a TOD, I would much rather want to put something on a street that I knew would always be on a transit route. Maybe a BRT system would be there as long or longer, but the psychological effect of seeing rails embedded in the pavement would say to me that this thing was here to stay.
  6. grcitydog

    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Also, you can build all the locomotives and cars you want, but this country is in woefull need of the infrastructure to run them on. It would take years if you started right now to build new tracks and upgrade the existing ones and to purchase the land for them and also build new stations.
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    Hey, what's that?

    It is my understanding that there was supposed to be a Starbucks going in there, but with the company scaling back, I don't think that is going to happen now. As to the bus shelter looking thing, I don't know, but it would be cool if that's what it is for.
  8. grcitydog

    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Not to mention that more cars means more car infrastructure to accomodate them and that would cost even more billions of $.
  9. grcitydog

    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    I noticed that from Michigan/Fuller area looking west, the elevator towers are beginning to rise and look like they are in the middle of the street. When that building is done, it will certainly dominate the view from that direction!
  10. grcitydog

    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I certainly hope that consideration is made for the pedestrian/ street level component of this bridge. It would be a great opportunity to make a statement as a "gateway" to the Medical Mile.
  11. grcitydog

    Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    I'm glad to see a Sonic here if only because it is so frustrating to see their ads on TV and not be able to get it.
  12. grcitydog

    Gallery on Fulton

    I also am appalled at this latest design. This is little better than what was there before! My only hope is that it is not the final design, but just a preliminary "sketch". If it is what is now planned, I have to agree with GRguy and say start over, it would be better to have nothing there for a while than this. The corner is too important to not go all the way with a quality building.
  13. grcitydog

    Gallery on Fulton

    I think CVS was included in one of the original proposals.
  14. grcitydog

    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    What is a SPUI?
  15. grcitydog

    New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    I walked past the GRAM last night and thought the same thing about the vent look. If I did not know that this side was windows, I would have thought it was an exhaust vent. I keep telling myself I'll withold judgement on this building until it's done, but this....!