suydam

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  1. Former JA Building Renovation

    Honestly, it's only ground zero on maps. If you really look at the center of GR it's probably closer to Rosa Parks Cir. (in my opinion).
  2. The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail

    \ Is this a franchise/chain operation, or are they the same Sweet Yo's that opened in EGR this summer?
  3. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    I agree. Bed Bath & Beyond has tables that cost far less, but there is no way they'd last a single summer. Furniture designed for public use costs more (but $800... wow).
  4. Grand Rapids Then and Now

    M.E. Davenport, the man for which Davenport Unviersity is named actually started University of Grand Rapids too. That school folded and sold to Aquinas College in 1945. So it was very similar to Davenport, good observation. You can see some of the University of Grand Rapids buildings still at Aquinas today in fact, though I have no idea which.
  5. Creston Neighborhood

    Stonesthrow is great! We bought most of our new furniture there. It's a one-of-a-kind-in-GR furniture shop too... huge asset for that neighborhood (and a great excuse to have dinner at Red Jet after shopping).
  6. I believe their main facility is technically at Knapp and the Beltline, not out on 68th. Their corporate offices are at the Knapp location for sure and that theater has IMAX (though I have no idea if 68th might as well, never been).
  7. New projects in East Hills

    This was my main question really.... The sushi joint is to go in the now-dirt lot in front of Vivant. I thought the next article hinted that the lot next to vivant would go too for a building altogether different than the sushi shop. In terms of nearby, urbanized destination shopping/dining districts, EGR has a parking deck. Even with that, we have people complaining about lack of parking on-street. It's the nature of our auto-centric culture whether you agree with it or not. I would imagine losing a parking lot, even one marked for customers of Vivant only, is going to cause consternation among business owners (justified or otherwise).
  8. New projects in East Hills

    Am I reading this correctly that Vivant's parking lot will go away and a building will go up in its place? That's a substantial loss of parking, surprised that's moving ahead. Don't jump on me. I'm not arguing necessarily, but you'd think the other businesses would want there to be some parking in the area and that seems like a nice, newly surfaced lot prime for use by visitors and brewery customers. Has there been any movement on this?
  9. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    I think you'd lose a lot of ridership that currently originates in GR as they'd drive to Kalamazoo and catch the train there. Certainly Hollanders might do that (or just skip the train altogether). For me, the greatest strength of the Pere Marquette is its simplicity... I park, I climb on the train and when I get off the train I'm already in Chicago.
  10. Breton Village

    I heard a restaurant... Bonefish Grill maybe?
  11. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    .... over the course of 30 agonizing minutes at 10mph. I agree with the need for the station to be downtown, but it eliminates much of the benefit of rail travel when the first hour occurs at such slow speeds.
  12. It's all about the bike

    Is Elite gone, or are they just upgrading their pedicabs?
  13. People talking about Grand Rapids

    Newsweeks's using census data. Oh well. Fortune Magazine named us a Michigan success story a few months ago after sending actual reporters to visit. I refuse to be too worried about this Newsweek piece.
  14. People talking about Grand Rapids

    If you look at the other 9 cities in the nobody even cares. So what does that say? They agree (likely not) or are they less sensitive than we are (maybe)? The article accuses Rochester of suffering because "some of the major corporations based there, like Kodak, have gone out of business or simply moved elsewhere." Kodak may have gone through bankruptcy but they're still located on Rochester and very much in business. What a poorly researched article.
  15. Proof of the further decline of UP. Twitter, GRNow.com, Facebook both "scopped" the forum on the closure of Bloom and Corez. It's kinda sad actually... there was a time in the very recent past I could check here to learn things about GR before they ever got posted elsewhere. Twitter serves that purpose much more effectively now.