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  1. This Saturday September 3 Tom Dilley gives his annual cemetery tour. Dilley goes back to Oak Hill Cemetery but just the part south of Hall Street. This might be the most interesting cemetery in Grand Rapids. It includes a pyramid, many architecturally interesting mausoleums, and a lot of interesting stories and history. He’s only giving one tour this year at ten AM with a rain date of Sept. 10. The tour is free, just show up. So far, and it’s only a couple of days away, there is not much information about the tour, basically just this skimpy notice: cemetery tour 2016 Tried to Google a little more information about the tour but couldn’t find much. In years past there would be a preview Mlive story by Garret Ellison a couple of days before the tour but he doesn’t seem to be around this area anymore. So all I could find were a few videos that Dilley did about Oak Hill for some GVSU project. The in-person tours are more fun and better than the videos. The videos get bogged down with unnecessarily long intros with somber music and Dilley comes across a little flat talking to a camera instead of an informal audience. Still they give a feel for what the tour is like (might want to skip the first video, Mount Auburn; it’s not Oak Hill or even Grand Rapids): Oak Hill videos Having said all this, I’ll be out of town and will miss it.
  2. Well, just like the renderings they put in the newspapers when I was a kid that showed how great things would look after urban renewal, all those trees and the grassy median along Fulton really look nice. But just like urban renewal, the results may not turn out all that practical or nice.
  3. Other than here has anyone got excited about this? I don't do Facebook so I don't know, life is calmer that way (without Facebook.) I may be wrong but I see it as just a mild parody of Trump's slogan and not an indication of anyone's political leanings. Considering how touchy everyone is, the sign probably wasn't a good idea though. Welcome to the planet Herb.
  4. When I lived on that block in the late sixties to mid-seventies I don’t think you could have usually found eight open parking spots on the street, so I guess the parking situation has improved since then. (I parked in a garage up an alley behind one of the houses.)
  5. The first thing I thought about with the Hinman proposal was elevators. Can you charge enough rent in Grand Rapids to cover the cost of elevators in a building with such a small footprint? Even in Manhattan, for a building with an even smaller footprint, can you charge enough to pay for the elevators? What about the engineering of it and the elevator wait time?.
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfSBfL99VHI
  7. And if you want the Calder to sit on grass rather than concrete you've got to move it around a few times, that seems to fool the Calder Foundation people. Here's a Calder that was in Fort Worth owned by a bank and on a concrete base: then the bank was sold and they didn't want it so it was temporarily moved to Philly in front of the art museum - still on concrete: but nobody in Philadelphia came up with the money to pay the bank so Seattle bought it and by this time no one apparently remembered that it had to be set in concrete and had to be surrounded by mid-century buildings - so here it is by itself in the grass:
  8. I'm pretty sure that's Calder Red just like ours, not orange. So I think based on the Chicago Calder you could make a case for tearing down the surrounding buildings so long as they were replaced by taller black buildings that looked like they were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the sixties.
  9. Back in 2011, don't know how it's doing: Meijer Marketplace - Chicago
  10. Looks like the tower has got its own Facebook page: Bridge Street Tower Facebook
  11. So I’m sure someone reading this is thinking to themselves, well this ought to increase police presence in Eastown.
  12. 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.
  13. Looks like the Tyvek gang got there first with their graffiti.
  14. 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
  15. 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.