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  1. Like these examples from Portland, OR... http://burnsiderocket.com/ http://www.jetsongreen.com/2008/08/graham-street-l.html
  2. Two stories, maybe three? A huge chunk of The Holland Home, directly across the street, is already 4 stories. In my mind, this site could've been something large enough to become a landmark, to convey the idea that there's a lot going on here...a destination where people are living, studying, working, eating, singing, and getting on and off the Rapid headed up and down Fulton...transit lines work best when they have an obvious destination...either the proposals for a renewed Farmer's Market area or some future development at Aquinas should include something prominent enough to serve as a landmark...As Fulton is the main E-W street of our city, and thus one of the keys to making the Rapid efficient, Fulton Heights needs to become the eastern anchor for a whole corridor. This site had the potential to make it so.
  3. It is nice to see something finally get built on that site. But it's another lost opportunity to make it a real transit hub. It's a big enough piece of dirt to have created a higher-rise, higher-density mixed use project. If the Rapid then created a shuttle line running up Carlton that connected the #14 stop at Fulton and Carlton with the #6 route stop at Lake Drive and Carlton (the former Old Kent/5th3rd site being re-envisioned as a mixed use development) and then ran that same shuttle down Giddings to Franklin (near the new school on the old Ottawa Hills H.S. site) to connect with the #5 route, you'd really link some very walkable eastside neighborhoods to each other and to a very wide area via the Rapid and really facilitate more of a car-free lifestyle appeal in that part of town. I mean you're talking about a location that's across the street from the only decent food market serving that entire area. And it's a stone's throw from the Farmer's Market. Given that, the proximity to Aquinas, and the fact it sits on a direct Rapid link to both Davenport and GVSU, and connecting by bus to Medical Mile from there is easy, you'd think they'd have seen the potential at that location for loft-like residential. Who knows. Maybe with the land left over Gilmore has something planned.
  4. Correction to my last post...Cerberus is handing over the keys...for $1..... to the new entity that will constitute Chrysler once it exits bankruptcy court. That's $1 for what's said to be the 2nd largest office building in America, beat out only by The Pentagon.
  5. Fiat actually has a huge presence in America. It owns Case New Holland, the maker of farm and heavy equipment with its HQ in suburban Chicago and factories all over the country. Fiat's CEO Sergio Marchionne is Chairman of CNH, and says he plans to take over as CEO of Chrysler when in exists bankruptcy court in a month or two. Also, I believe that Cerburus, the private equity firm that bought 80% of Daimler's stake in Chrysler, retained ownership of the Auburn Hills HQ. So Chrysler may have no reason, or right, to stay in future years. I could see a scenario in which Marchionne ends up move Chrysler's executive offices to Chicago.
  6. Expect to see more popping up around town. From the company's May 6, 2009 Press Release announcing the expansion into GR: New Unlimited, Flat-rate, No Signed Contract Calling Plans are Most Affordable in the Market DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 6, 2009-- Residents of Grand Rapids, Mich. now have a new alternative to costly traditional wireless service plans. MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), the nation
  7. I just got an email with the subject heading 'Moving beyond the shovel-ready'. It's from a Washington D.C.-based 0rganization called 'Transportation for America' that today unveiled an ambitious campaign, the details of which are available in a pdf on their website, t4america.org The email announces a 'big, bold, transformational' platform for a "21st Century transportation system were cyclists and pedestrians are safer, trains are faster and cleaner, public transportation widely available and efficient, roads and bridges are in god repair and Americans everywhere reap the rewards of a world-class infrastructure."
  8. Best wishes to you and all the merchants for a great turnout tonight. Someday they'll erect a statue of you, GRGridGirl.
  9. What's the bit about the Stokes house having been built in 1916, but relocated to the present site? That seems unlikely...parts of the addition done by the Stokes included using materials salvaged from Europe and imported here, but it's not as if the house was moved to Bonnell from somewhere else...perhaps they got their facts mixed up...
  10. I'm not sure what this article in today's New York Times about 4 young Grand Rapids natives living together in Manhattan infers about Grand Rapids... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/realesta...3habi.html?8dpc I took it as a positive and a point of pride...but would be nice to imagine them coming back to GR someday and doing great things here....
  11. Wired Maagzine's web site mentions' GR today in context of Hybrids and Harleys rally that rolled into town during McCain visit. http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/09/no-priuses-allo.html
  12. There's a feature story in this morning's New York Times that gives both sides to the debate on the impact of urban streetcar, the politics, the costs, etc. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/14/us/14streetcar.html
  13. Well, that's the flip side of having a local, family-owned pharmacy instead of corporate-owned drug store. The owners of Kay don't have to sacrifice their fundamental beliefs for a few dollars of profit. They are actually able to run their business based on personal convictions. (How refreshing.) As devout Catholics they won't promote the practice of birth control. If that makes GR seem like a national joke to the swells in Miami and New York, so be it.
  14. AND....Just a bit further up town.....Holmdene, the old (and legend has it haunted) manor house hidden in woods of the Aquinas campus celebrates the 100th anniversary of its construction with the occassion with an Open House at Holmdene on Saturday, May 17 from 12 noon until 4:00pm. Light refreshments will be served and Holmdene's first, second and basement levels will be open to self-guided tours. In addtion, a DVD on the history of the estate was developed and will be shown continuously throughout the day.
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