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  1. Drove by the other day and noticed that there is some construction going on and dirt being moved around outside the pyramid. I thought about taking some pictures but was afraid of getting caught by cloud security and I couldn't get a good shot from the street with my camera.
  2. The Battle of the Higher Ed Institutions

    Looks like the Tyvek gang got there first with their graffiti.
  3. At first I thought this was a crazy idea. Sure, it’s OK to put a few tables out front for three or four months during the summer, but spend all that money to tear off your roof and expose your diners and drinkers to the weather year round, no way. But then I thought to myself, you are just an old man stuck in your ways, these guys might actually be forward thinking geniuses. This might work. With global warming we are likely to end up with southern California weather pretty soon and then open air seating will be pretty attractive all the time. I wonder how much it will cost to take down my garage and put up a carport
  4. Grand Rapids Then and Now

    Interesting parking ramps in this shot. 15 cents per hour parking in the Wurzburgs department store ramp. The red building In the right foreground is the Morton House Hotel parking garage that's been mentioned a few times here over the years. The building just to north of it is the combination Michigan National Bank drive in bank and parking ramp. It is a long story as to why but before banks in Michigan were deregulated Michigan National was the only bank that could have offices in multiple cities and then only in certain major cities but in return it wasn't allowed to have any free standing branch banks in those cities. So in order to circumvent this restriction for the drive-in they built a tunnel underneath the street that connected the main bank to the drive-in bank so they were technically the same building.
  5. I walked by it about 6:30 PM yesterday. Maybe it's my old eyes but I could barely read it. There is not much contrast between the black background and the dark lettering. Maybe it's going to be lit up and that will make it easier. On the other hand if it's lit up I wouldn't want to be staying in a room next to the sign then.
  6. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Yes, it is Terrazzo. It should hold up a lot better than the carpets and the linoleum like flooring material they put in last remodeling. Based on the renderings on the airport and the TowerPinkster sites, it’s hard to figure out how this all is going to fit together. I can’t see where the floor they’ve done so far matches much the flooring in the renderings. I guess it’s too early to see how all the pieces fit together. TOWERPINKSTER renderings GRR website renderings
  7. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Took a few pictures of the airport construction today. First, inside they are working on the new floor. The wavy part is the new floor so far. The partitioned off part is where they're working now. It's quite a mess: From the observation deck here is a shot looking east toward concourse B along the edge of the existing terminal wall: Here's another shot looking east slightly away from the terminal: Here's looking straight south towards concourse A where they are beginning to build the foundation for the south wall of the terminal: And this one is looking west. They've built a foundation and floor for what will be a widened ramp to concourse A. This is pretty much on the other side of the wall where TSA is now in concourse A. The pale yellow boxes are new Kohler backup generators:
  8. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Actually the percentages are down much more than the article states for the Pere Marquette if you look at the months since they changed the schedule last year in May. Maybe some of you might recall that I ranted about the Pere Marquette schedule changes back last year in April and how many people wouldn't want to get up so early or get home so late with the new schedule. Unfortunately I was right. In the eleven months that MDOT has provided passenger data since the change (April's data is not available yet,) the Pere Marquette passenger count has declined 14%. Here's the MDOT site where they publish the raw passenger numbers: MDOT railstats I was thinking about inserting a table of the data I extracted from the MDOT site along with my calculations but that's way too much work. I have no idea if Megabus benefited from the poor train schedule or not, I suspect most people just drove to Chicago or decided not to make the trip.
  9. You're new around here ain't you: Brandywine Eastown
  10. Lately this has been where my wife and I end up on a Friday or Saturday night by default when we are hungry and don’t feel like waiting for a table at a more popular restaurant. I guess we’ll have to find a new fading restaurant or plan our evenings better. Still like their food though.
  11. Short article about the state granting this project a pretty hefty tax break: apartment complex gets tax break
  12. Well...it's been fun

    Well I was just browsing through so I didn't log in so I got to see the ads that I would have missed now that I am a supporting member. WOW, I've really moved up in the target advertising world. Anice ad for a Maserati popped up. That's going to be a good car to have to impress the Asian ladies when I go pick them up after they get here on the Chinese airline. Glad I didn't log in.
  13. People talking about Grand Rapids

    Must be all those high ranks on lists are beginning to influence people: Jim Carrey moves to GR
  14. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Well, that’s pretty neat but it isn’t what I think of when I think of a “vertical suburban office complex.” It's missing theacres of parking and/or low rise parking ramps. The reason this intersection in downtown Toronto works vertically is because there is a subway running under University, the cross street, and it’s just a couple of blocks from Toronto Union Station which has gobs of commuter trains all day. Without the subway and trains, you’d need parking and with parking you’d end up with something like the “vertical suburban office complex” look of Bridgewater Place which looks nice but doesn’t work too well as far as street life is concerned. WhenGrand Rapids gets a more intense transit system, developers can come around and start tearing down those twelve story buildings and replace them with buildingsmore vertical.
  15. New projects in East Hills

    Well, you can cross this one off the development list: developer abandons plan