cheshireguy

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  1. cheshireguy

    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Back in GR, baby!!! I feel like I've been on the moon. I spent the last two weeks in Salt Lake City, Utah, a city of about 180,000 people and a metro area of a little over a million. They have a sucessful and well-used streetcar line that connects the major routes of the downtown region. I witnessed many, many commuters using this streetcar system on their ways to work/play. If SLC can pull this off, doesn't it seem like we could as well???????
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    golscorer4's thesis project

    tSlate- YES YES YES! Just like that, (again to a lesser scale) - something that ties in the old, underutilized buildings of DT and gets people exploring the less-traveled alleys and walkways of the city - If someday a rail line could make a stop at "Grand Central Market" (we may have to ask permission from the small grocer on Monroe Center) this could be a huge boost to DT retail and tourism. THERE"S GOTTA BE A FISH MARKET, THOUGH!!!! GR'S VERSION OF PIKE PLACE!!!!
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    golscorer4's thesis project

    Sean, you would know this better than I, but doesn't the VAST majority of GVSU students live on or around the Allendale campus? Many of these first and second-year students don't have vehicles at GVSU, so I bet it would be a big hit to the attendance if the y had to find a way 20 miles to GR instead of walking to Lubber Stadium. Nate, how about some sort of urban covered "mall"? Don't be afraid of the mall word, there are alot of ways to make somehting like this attractive to developers and shoppers as well. Picture a covered, semi-heated (in the winter) farmer's market - but with retail stops along the way that will inhabit the first floors of certain buildings. This would attract downtown shoppers to it being year-round, and provide an interesting tourist desintation as well. Think of the mezzanine deck of the BOB. Something that incorporates "awnings" or fabric shelter like that held up by steel beams and buildings, all covering a mecca of retail, produce, and street vendors. Marrakesh meets Manhattan.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    Can someone refresh my memory a bit and tell me how tall this structure will be upon completion? I remember the "spire" was to be the tallest portion of the building - is this still correct? When we were in the Lacks Cancer Center the other day, the rendering looked as if the spire was on the ground???
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    Bruce Heys Builders, a custom home builder out of the Ada area (and currently working on the RiverHouse) is being featured on an episode of "Flip That House" 8:30 PM on Saturday night on TLC. This episode focuses on one of Bruce's home renovations in Hurricane Katrina-stricken New Orleans. Check it out - I think there is a replay at 10:30 Saturday as well as 8:30 Sunday morning.
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    I get some longing glances while touring town in my 2001 Volkswagen Passat Wagon. Oh, yeah, giggidy-giggidy.
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    Detroit Off Topic

    Yeah, we do PizzaPapolis every other time when in the Motor City - I haven't heard of Slows, but I will definitely check that out. As far as bars, we usually do the crawl that includes The Baltimore, The Old Sheleleh (sp?), The Detroiter, and another one I can't remember. We need more ideas, people!!!!
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    Detroit Off Topic

    Hey there MoTown, My wife and are are coming into town Friday for the Tigers vs. Anaheim at 7 p.m. We haven't been in the D in about 6 months - Is there any new bars/nightclubs for a couple of 30 year-old yuppies like us? We are getting into town around 3 pm and staying at the RenCen, so we need a new great restaurant as well. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, GO TIGERS!!!!!!!!!
  9. No , at 20 stories (hopefully) it will fall just under the 23-floor JW and quite a bit further under Bridgewater Place (which will be 34 stories, around 400' once condo tower is finished).
  10. I agree - a 12-15 story building there with underground parking (at least one floor of parking) would be fantastic. A large office building with a few floors of loft condos and an Urban Outfitters on the first floor!!!
  11. If DeVos is correct in stating that the corner is the "Times Square" of GR, they need to make sure this property hits and hits hard. This lot is THE lot as far as GR making a statement, and in my opinion, they need to do this right. No cut-down scales, no budget - trimming, no penny-pinching. I hope that if this is really a go, that they take into consideration that hundreds of thousands of people (VanAndel Arena, DeVos Place, the hotels, etc.) will identify Grand Rapids with this section of the city. Check out the hotel we stayed at last time we were in Montreal. a larger -scale version of the this would be great (kind of like City Flats) - www.opushotel.com
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    Thanks foto - now back to business. How am I going to open this Bell's Hopslam with no bottle opener???
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    "Hmmm, that plant sits right next to the railroad tracks too. " I know I am having a "dense" day, but can I ask what you're hinting at GRD???
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    Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    How about on the west side of the river on Michigan?? It could be housed in one of the "for lease" buildings near Riverhouse - it could help spur the cleanup/redevelopment of that great area.
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    Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    Any updates on the bat Hopcat out there?? I heard initially it was to open Nov. 17th, which would be great cuz Founder's Grand Opening is the same night and we have friends coming in from The Windy City to visit!!