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  1. I imagine it is because the density is from all the tourist hotels along the beach front. Why does Balneario Camboriu look like a huge city despite such a small area? Might be an interesting place to visit for a few days. I don't think I'd want to live there.
  2. fixed it, thanks. Not consciously, just a grouchy old man this morning I guess.
  3. While looking at this rendering above I just had a thought that has nothing to do with this project; when creating renderings wouldn’t it be much more realistic to show a random bicyclist in lycra smugly running a red light? Back on topic: that’s great news about Acrisure.
  4. I may have missed it but I don't recall anyone posting anything about this proposed affordable project: MLIVE: proposed-grand-rapids-apartment-building-may-be-tweaked-following-neighborhood-backlash It's so ugly in my opinion, I don't think I'd want it in my neighborhood either.
  5. Just as well, we wouldn't want this to happen: cable-car-fears-after-squamish-vandalism
  6. I don’t remember specifically the suicide lanes along U.S. 16 although I don’t doubt that they were there in parts. I do remember one along Wilson from around Johnson Park to Lake Michigan Drive because it continued to exist for years after I started to drive. I don’t remember when they finally decided it was a very bad idea. For those of you who don’t know what Raildude’s Dad is talking about, the state decided that on busy two lane highways where they couldn’t expand to four lanes (because of cost I guess,) they’d make them three lanes with the center lane being a passing lane and drivers could use the lane for passing from either direction which means you could end up with cars from opposite directions coming at each other head on at passing speeds. It was sort of like playing chicken to see who would back-off if they could. There would be many more people alive today enjoying their retirement if it hadn’t been for three lane highways with center passing lanes.
  7. The primary county tenant of 82 Ionia is the Prosecutors Office. The county courthouse is a block away. Most of the other organizations in the building: probation, drug testing, and the friend of the court, are also all court related. It's a lot cheaper and easier for the people working in the building to walk a block to the courthouse than to drive from a suburban office park (along with expensing parking and mileage.) I suppose everything including the courthouse could be moved to some sort of justice campus somewhere out in Gaines Township where the parking would be free but a large percentage of the court's customers do not drive and need to have ready access to public transportation. I wonder who's behind revisiting this. What's changed since 2017 when they did the numbers and decided all the options for moving people around would cost a lot more than just continuing to use 82 Ionia?
  8. Very nice. I remember US 16 from when I was kid in the fifties and very early sixties, mostly from Sunday rides with my parents, and one long seemingly endless drive to Detroit. Except going through larger cities, it was all two lanes (that is - one lane each way.) Looking around on that site, I found this timeline of US 16: Historic US 16
  9. I've been cynical about shipping container houses but I kind of like this: MLIVE: shipping container restaurant swamped during 1st week in downtown muskegon Sort of like the original pre-fab diners back in the twentieth century.
  10. I dunno, just because you’re running a big research center doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice ground floor restaurant or other store front business. For years Jerry Seinfeld and his friends met almost daily in a restaurant on the ground floor of a building that houses the Goddard Institute for Space Studies which does some very important research on climate change among other things, some of it classified. OK you’re thinking, but that show was fiction, they didn’t really eat there. However, Senator John McCain often ate there when he visited his daughter Meghan when she was a student at Columbia University, and Barack Obama also frequented the restaurant as a student at Columbia. Wikipedia: Tom's (Monk's) Restaurant Wikipedia: Goddard Institute for Space Studies Personal not very interesting story: around every other year or so I spend a week just hanging out in Manhattan by myself. Back on a trip several years ago I had just visited Grant’s Tomb (to see who was buried there) and was planning to walk around Columbia University which is in the same general neighborhood. On the way I ran into a street fair on a closed portion of Broadway and bought a kabob from a vendor. I look up and I’m right in front of Tom’s Restaurant. Maybe it was because I was already eating but I looked at the menu in the window and wasn’t impressed. It looked like a Denny’s or Howard Johnson’s menu, and I didn’t see any of the Seinfeld gang sitting in there. Who is buried in Grant's Tomb? EDIT: OK, wandering even further off topic than I already have - a couple of more things I just learned from Wikipedia about Tom’s restaurant that I didn’t know before: Suzanne Vega used to frequent Tom’s, and wrote her song Tom’s Diner about her slice of life sitting in the restaurant. This was a few years before Seinfeld. So, it was both the setting for a song about nothing and later a sit-com about nothing. (And even later someone might say, a post on this forum about nothing.) Steering this back to research and development; Karlheinz Brandenburg, an inventor, then used the Tom’s Diner song to develop MP3 audio compression because he knew it would be challenging to compress her warm a cappella voice. So, if it hadn’t been for having a ground floor restaurant below a research center we may have never had MP3 players. I must admit though, a hole in this reasoning is that Brandenburg wasn’t working upstairs from the restaurant, he was working in Germany and first heard the song on the radio down the hall from his workshop. Suzanne Vega talks about Tom's (then sings Tom's Diner a capella) WIKIPEDIA: the song Tom's Diner and the Mother of the MP3 player WIKIPEDIA: Karlheinz Brandenburg
  11. Interesting article in the Free Press today about gentrification in Detroit. According to a study by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, while gentrification is happening in Detroit, it is happening on a smaller scale than in most other cities and is not for the most part greatly displacing previous low income residents. Except for a very few hot spots, that is my my casual observation too. It's not so much that gentrification isn't going on but rather that there is so much empty or underutilized property in Detroit that hardly anyone is being crowded out. Free Press: detroit-gentrification-study
  12. Yes: MLIVE: proposed-wealth-street-grocery-store-approved-by-grand-rapids-commission Drove by the other evening and noticed that the site of the proposed grocery was completely filled with the vehicles of the people dining at the Hancock across the street.
  13. Just had to drive by today. The street view is old from 2011. Pinehurst is a cul-de-sac now and no longer goes through to 44th. The house now is the last one on the street on the east side right at the cul-de-sac. There is only a handful of other houses in what is now just a short stub of a street. So there are not too many close by neighbors to complain. I wouldn't be happy though if I owned the little house next door,
  14. Not quite done yet but here is Emilee Petersmark trying out the new listening room: trying out the listening room EDIT: actually here's another in some ways better facebook clip where he gets a tour of the listening room (along with the performance): a look around the listening room
  15. This year will be the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock. A month or so before Woodstock, West Michigan had its own smaller version called the Saugatuck Pop Festival. I was there with my hippy girlfriend but the details are hazy. Like they say, if you remember much about the sixties then you weren’t there. I do remember I didn’t pay to get in. Like Woodstock a lot more people showed up than the promoters had planned for, many more than they could handle, so it was turned into a free concert with people coming and going between the concert area and the town at will. The promoter had hired a biker gang out of Detroit to act as security to keep people that didn’t pay from crashing the gate, but after they decided it would be safer to let everyone in, the bikers had nothing to do but role play. The bikers weren’t a problem though; they were just jerks. There was a lot of hippy-dippy role playing in the audience as well. It was promoted by the Detroit musician and promoter, Mike Quatro. Being more of a musician than a promoter he picked an interesting mix of performers; some were old somewhat obscure to most people blues players like John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, and Muddy Waters. There were some big acts of the day. There was the nationally known one hit wonder, Arthur Brown, whose gimmick was to set his afro hair on fire while singing. There were a lot of what were then local Detroit acts that later became nationally known, like Bob Seger. The relatively unknown Alice Cooper supposedly played both days but wasn’t an advertised act. Grand Funk Railroad it is said begged to be included and would have played for free but they were turned down. Like I said, I really don’t remember most of the details but researching this just now, the acts were quite impressive although many of them were at the beginnings of their careers and not all that well known at the time. Here's a poster from the Festival: Poster's hard to read – here’s a list of the advertised bands: July 4, 1969 Pottawattamie Beach, Saugatuck, MI The Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent) John Lee Hooker MC5 Procol Harum Rotary Connection (Minnie Riperton) SRC Muddy Waters July 5, 1969 Pottawattamie Beach, Saugatuck, MI Brownsville Station Crazy World of Arthur Brown Frost Früt of the Loom The Red, White & Blues Band Savage Grace The Bob Seger System The Stooges (Iggy Pop) Big Mama Thornton As it turned out Big Mama Thornton didn't show. Too bad, if you want to hear where Janis Joplin got the idea of singing Summertime the way she did, listen to this earlier version by Big Mama: YouTube: BIG MAMA THORNTON - SUMMERTIME Thornton was also the author of Ball and Chain, another Joplin hit. FOOTNOTES: Here's a link to a PDF from the Saugatuck Historical Society about the festival - lots of details I don't remember and photos starting on page 14: Saugatuck Music Festivals And slide down to the comments on this blog to read other people's remembrances of the festival: Saugatuck pop festival I had good memories of this, at least what I can remember, but I don't think it worked out well for Saugatuck. They never allowed another festival and Saugatuck went into a bit of a recession for the next few years and even looked a little shabby for a few years. The idea of hippies and bikers scared away a good portion of the respectable middle and upper class people with money that frequented Saugatuck in the summer and I think it stayed that way until the week-end hippies grew-up and replaced them in the respectable middle and upper classes. LATE EDIT: It’s been three weeks since the original post and I’ll add this postscript even though most people who are going to read this post already have but that’s OK because mainly I’m writing this for myself. I wrote earlier mostly about the music but for me it really wasn’t in the end about the music at all, or the drugs which I never did (if you exclude cheap wine) or many of the other supposed excesses that were reported in the news at the time but weren’t that noticeable on the ground. What I felt and I think what many people that showed up felt was what Joni Mitchell wrote later in the song Woodstock, “I feel myself a cog in somethin' turning.” The two years previously had been filled with riots, with assassinations, and an escalating war. I was twenty-two, I was then in the army reserves. My day job was as a mailman delivering mail in what were then some pretty rough neighborhoods, including some where rioting had occurred. Life was pretty intense. Something just clicked in 1969, young people started coming together in these concerts all around the country that summer in numbers no one had expected and just took over. A lot of this was just driven by demographics, it was a changing of the guard, the boomer generation was beginning to assert itself and take over. Mike Quatro, the promoter of the Saugatuck Festival, had only just turned twenty-six himself. It was really heady stuff to be part of such a big group of people, many you hoped might feel the same way you did about what was going on. Be clear, this wasn’t some kind of hootenanny, the music was more rage than idealism, these were mostly Detroit bands after all, not folksingers from Greenwich Village. The likes of Ted Nugent and Iggy Pop, and Alice Cooper aren’t going to be leading sing-alongs about social justice. I got to wondering after the original post what happened to my girlfriend from the festival. We broke up a couple of months later. We ran across each other a few times after that but I haven’t seen her or thought much about her in at least forty-five years. I thought I was pretty street wise back then. Even though she was two years younger than me she had me beat. Compared to her I was pretty naive. So, I Googled her and up popped her obituary. She died just a month ago, apparently never married and was still as much a free spirit as she had been back then. Don’t know anything more I want to add except considering all that’s going on in the world today, it’s past time to push the boomers aside. Maybe there needs to be some new festivals.
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