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  1. Dad, you should probably read your links before you post them. Again, there is no comparison between Enron's financial dealings and how much executives are getting paid at AIG. While paying executives large amounts for little performance is disgusting, it is not illegal. As far as prices “skyrocketing” on foreign cars, there is more than enough excess capacity. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/business...amp;oref=slogin By the way, who said anything about filling demand with some new concept car? Currently there is a panoply of vehicle offerings out there. Do we really need all th
  2. Nice try at hyperbole Dad. If AIG is the Enron of the financial world then GM is the Enron of the Auto world... which in both cases is false. AIG did not do anything illegal that we know of. Buying and sell derivatives was never illegal, and as a matter of fact, was essentially endorsed by Greenspan. Obviously if GM were to fail it would be a pretty bleak scenario, but nothing compared to if AIG failed. GM makes cars. Americans can do without cars (or should I say gigantic gas-guzzling SUVs). The Japanese and Koreans would take up the slack in a heartbeat. If AIG were to fail the w
  3. I just saw that round-trip tickets from New Buffalo, MI to Chicago are $20. I guess they are starting non-stop service this summer with four departures/arrivals a day. I searched for later in the summer and only saw one departure/arrival, but I am sure that on the press release they said they will have four. This is pretty awesome considering the trip only takes about an hour and 15 minutes, which is comparable if not better than driving. It is obviously way better than taking the commuter train from Michigan City, since it takes 2+ hours I believe. Plus, I would rather park in N.B. than
  4. Here is a pretty good story on the GR Metro area/West Michigan in the NYTimes.
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/business...amp;oref=slogin I had not heard this before, but I am sure it has been reported here in the local media.
  6. ^^^Rizzo, you know what is funny is that there was a rather large picture of a streetcar in the Press on Saturday in response to a some whiny antithetic letter to the editor on the topic of streetcars.
  7. It is anybody's guess in the long term if new airlines would add flights to GRR, but I would think that would happen due to reduced service from the NWA/Delta merger. What is for sure is the closure of Memphis and Cinci as hubs for NWA and Delta respectively to create savings and eliminate overlap. This would portend the loss of nonstop flights to those cities in the short term. In the broader sense, Alex is correct in how cut-throat the business is. It is funny to see people complain about full flights and lack of destinations. I think people fail to grasp the enormous capital costs in
  8. ^^^ Great read Dad. Thanks for the link! I dont think GR will ever be like Denver, but it can certainly take some notes and apply the lessons learned to our own unique situation. On a side note, it will be interesting to see how the Stapleton development pans out in the next 10 to 15 years, especially considering the brownfield sites along the 131 corridor which could eventually be modeled after the former Denver airport.
  9. I cant believe that we are even having this discussion, again. Didn’t we talk about light rail to GVSU several months ago? Andy, I really respect your work, but I would not expect this out of you---it is completely ridiculous to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on something that would have one legitimate station. Would Meijer in Standale be slated for a station? Maybe the Wendy’s would be a better solution. I could quite possibly be wrong, but most light rail projects being developed now are integrating park and rides along busy/frustrating commuting routes with several feasible stop
  10. Well, regardless, I still like it alot.
  11. I agree somewhat, but what I am not so sure about is the East wall. Has anyone seen any renderings for that side of the hotel? If there was some substance to the East side I could definately live with the North, especially considering how fantastic this hotel looks to me so far(from the GRD posted image of the West side).
  12. http://www.chicagotribune.com/services/new...0,1145349.story
  13. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...ESS04/710060303 The Detroit Free Press ran a neat article regarding the GRAM.
  14. "DeVos went off script during his comments, which ranged from jabs at casinos, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other would-be hotel developers to his recollections of the development of DeVos Performance Hall and the Amway Grand Plaza." http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2007/09/hear...arriott_an.html This was from mlive. It would be great to be able to read his comments verbatim regarding other "would-be hotel developers." I am not totally surprised since he is a business man, but come on. The JW is in a whole another league compared to what this project is proposing and it is pretty lame that
  15. I believe we described the same thing, but in your instance the right to add on vertically was passed in favor of the right to ensure views. The original holder of air rights is nonetheless compensated for not building up, which was what I was getting at. Same means just different ends. Joe, I am holding you to that promise you just made.
  16. Buying "air rights" generally refers to the actual transfer of the right to build an extra "X" stories or feet than what is permitted under current codes. For instance, say you have an historic structure in NYC that rises only 100 feet but 500 feet of height is allowed, that entity can transfer their unused 400 feet (for a fee of course) to another structure nearby that is being built and can thus rise to 900 feet. Both sides benefit because the historic structure does not have to "sell out" and the developers of the new structure can generate more revenue from the increased height of their
  17. Knape thinks the new hotel "...depends on how active the resistance to a Renaissance Zone extension becomes." I guess this is the question that usually arises when tinkering with who pays taxes and who doesnt. Definately a tough issue and I can see both sides of the argument. Regardless, I really hope this gets built. Does anyone know of a time-line on this? When will we know the fate of the Ren Zone decision? http://blog.mlive.com/knapescorner/
  18. http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ss....xml&coll=6 The riddle from Knape is no longer a riddle.
  19. Not to stray off topic, but I always have a hard time visualizing how enormous River House is going to be. This photo is the first one I have seen where I can really get a sense of this future monster (in a good way). This part of the 196 corridor is going to be very impressive when construction is complete on all of these buildings! Hey Dad, I have a request. Could you possibly use your skills and draw in an outline for the rest of R.H. and post it in the R.H. thread?
  20. For all the haters still out there, I give you a GRAM wannabe.
  21. A great article about Traverse City and the surrounding area by the NYTimes. http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/07/13/trave...&ei=5087%0A
  22. Another flattering NYTimes article regarding a West Michigan (well, Northwest) gem...
  23. Between this article, this article: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...75AC0A9609C8B63 , and the article (cant find the link) on the new museum..... the Times is really giving us some serious respect! And this is all within the last year.
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