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  1. People talking about Grand Rapids

    In the current October 23 issue of the New Yorker there is a very good article about the robotics revolution and where do humans fit in, particularly low-skilled humans. While it meanders all over the place, as New Yorker articles do, the narration is framed around the changes that have occurred at Steelcase in Grand Rapids from about 1980 to the present. It even mentions the pyramid and Switch. I was a little surprised to find the article on the internet since the New Yorker in the past has had a firewall blocking non-subscribers. Hope it’s still there: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/23/welcoming-our-new-robot-overlords This is also the issue that reports the Harvey Weinstein scandal (which I didn’t read,) and that contains a lengthy profile of Mike Pence (which I did read, it was scary.)
  2. Saw this poster about this meeting tomorrow posted over on Reddit: .. Kind of fuzzy, here's what it says as best as I can read: Heartside’s South Division Corridor has unique challenges in supporting quality of life and opportunities for those who live, work and play in Heartside. Specifically, Pekich Park has been identified as a major concern and a place that does not serve the needs of surrounding residents, business owners or visitors. In order to better understand the contributing issues and develop achievable steps to address these concerns, the city and its partners are facilitating a community discussion surrounding Pekich Park. The first step was a survey conducted in July and August to gain initial feedback and help us shape the upcoming discussion. As a next step we invite you to join us October 17th to learn, share your ideas, and discuss potential solutions for Pekich Park. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the Heartside Neighborhood Association Meeting. Food and drinks will be provided. Sort of the city's version of the old lunch and learns.
  3. Cherie Inn is up for sale: Cherie Inn Listing
  4. RFP - 201 Market

    Obviously then, it must be the new Amazon headquarters. GRDadof3 will need to merge the two threads.
  5. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    He's talking from a Detroit perspective but here's an interesting article today from John Gallagher in the Free Press about the pros and cons of possibly landing the Amazon headquarters: Amazon headquarters not without problems
  6. Hey, what's that?

    Nobody asked but back when I was a kid in the fifties, this building was a Standard Oil gas station. The reason it has a second floor is because the oil company had offices up there. Across the street on the east side of Plainfield they had storage tanks for what I assume was probably heating oil.
  7. CWD

    Not the same. I found a reference on Google to Dean Printing being on the fifth floor of the Blodgett Block at the corner of Louis and Ottawa. Interestingly the still existing Blodgett Building around the corner on Ionia, which I guess would be considered in the same block, has somewhat the same window treatment on one of the its upper floors.
  8. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    As nice as this looks, since this is inside the security area, you’d wonder how much business they will get. GRR isn’t a hub airport where a lot of people are killing time in the concourse area waiting for a connecting flight. So you are left with mostly people waiting for their initial flight of the day. I’m not really a fan of airplane lavatories, so I know I’m not going to have a couple of beers before I get on the plane. I've been through the new concourse a couple of times the past month. Looks good. EDIT: Forget everything I wrote. Went by the new Founder’s in the concourse area today about 5 PM and they were busy. Do not hire me as your airport restaurant marketing consultant.
  9. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    Muskegon's got a jump on everyone else. They've already got an Amazon sign up: And if they'll settle for little less space, there's an office available: amazon office space
  10. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    On the Ottawa side it was the Helmer Building, 21 Ottawa NW.
  11. Redevelopment along 28th Street

    I did a quick Google search of “pedestrian lighting standards” and you are right. There’s not much available for pedestrian lighting other than what I consider to be light posts retro to the first half of the twentieth century. The images of the more contemporary looking posts look like they are more site specific and would likely look just as out of place along 28th Street or along Lake Michigan Drive out in the country. I still don’t like them in Wyoming though; they are premature at best until there is more real development. Along the length of Rogers Plaza there is not even a sidewalk to illuminate but the lights are there anyway. (I’m searching for anything here to defend my position.)
  12. Redevelopment along 28th Street

    Here is something that annoys me wherever they occur: these faux historic street lights when they appear in a streetscape that isn’t from the era represented by the street light style. They are all along 28th street in this stretch too. It just says that the people doing the planning along 28th street have even less aesthetic sense than I do and it doesn’t give me any confidence in their redevelopment plans. I feel the same way about the faux street lights on Lake Michigan Drive approaching GVSU in Allendale. That has to be someone trying too hard to make GVSU look like an old historic university. It just looks foolish for a school started in the late sixties.
  13. Meijer

    Well, since this thread is mostly about changes in the different Meijer stores, I have one thing along those lines to report. At the Rivertown store they’ve reversed the placement of the dry and wet cat food. The side of the aisle where the wet cat food was now has the dry cat food and the wet cat food is now on the other side.
  14. Grandville Castle Apartments

    So upon your recommendation my wife and I have stopped in to eat here three times since this comment. Still no sauerbraten, but there are some other great German dishes: csbrew menu Yeah, my criticisms of the project seem pretty mild in comparison. It’s a little unsettling to find oneself on the same side of an issue as the chronic Mlive commenters. I may have to re-evaluate this.
  15. County to sell 82 Ionia

    Commissioners change their minds: kent county scraps plans to sell 82 Ionia