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  1. The "tone" of UrbanPlanet Grand Rapids and its future

    Well, the DOING BETTER QUICKLY is looking good; please keep to the good direction it leads. It holds us all true to doing what is beneficent and good as we chart our individual and unified courses for attaining the first part of our collective name . . . . that pesky GRAND thing. Huh, the Metropolis of Michigan's Grand River. 'Nuf said. I am proud to be a part of our claiming of our name on the stage of the world . . . . -Metrogrkid
  2. GR_Urbanist:

    Thank you for adding your sane commentary to the voices that have been pointing out over the years how immature and irritating certain folks' snarkiness is; it has tainted what is otherwise a great online forum  <insert sad sigh effect here>

    :(

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    2. metrogrkid

      metrogrkid

      Keep it rollin' and movin' just like that, GR_Urbanist!  :camera:

    3. Veloise

      Veloise

      GRU, I also appreciate the high road you've taken.

    4. GR_Urbanist
  3. 20 Fulton E, Mixed Use Development

    Ka-Boom. The rise of METRO CENTER! Division/Fulton state the fact of your CENTERNESS like 20 East Fulton will!
  4. 20 Fulton E, Mixed Use Development

    Ka-Boom. The rise of METRO CENTER! Division/Fulton state the fact of your CENTERNESS like 20 East Fulton will!
  5. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Hmm. It appears MLive has finally stated the TRUTH ABOUT TRANSIT/MOBILITY in Michigan. Huh. Rick Haglund: Michigan policymakers are state's biggest mobility hurdle
  6. JoeD : And now if they can just inspire the Parking Authority to narrow and heighten their current Arena Ramp Addition so that they can apply the 38 Commerce-design wrap-around example re-imagined instead as a U-shaped wraparound destination retail / entertainment VAArena South Atrium of three to four stories; designed to mimic the Fulton Street façade with it’s own curving glass curtain wall that also houses the vertical transportation and atrium well for the stacked shopping concourses behind it; lit up at night with activity even on non-event nights; generating revenue for parking services and other needy city services; skywalk-connected across Oakes Street SW into a 2nd-level concourse on the north side of Celebration facility. In conjunction, the old Gentilozzi concept for the Area 5 hotel/apartments/1st floor streetside and interior 2nd floor shopping concourse; connected across U.S. 131 exit/entry boulevard by skywalk to the east side of Celebration facility. Now if only to be able to conjoin the northward Monroe Avenue half of the original streetrail alignment with Mayor Logie’s new Arena South loop concept (it deviates from Monroe Avenue Two-Way Center Corridor south at Monroe/Pearl up Monroe Center past GRAM, turning right on Ottawa to VAArena/BOB area, across Fulton on Ottawa to Arena Place/Celebration facility/VAArena South Atrium/Area 5 development area, left onto Oakes to Ionia, continuing right up Ionia up to Goodrich <to serve Market Area prior to turnaround>, left onto Goodrich through Heartside Park/Globe Apartments/Metro Park/Looseleaf/Herkimer West area, left onto Commerce to connect back to Central Station via last leg of alignment from Commerce left to Cherry and left again from Cherry to Central Station underneath U.S.-131 S-Curve). A study of translating the Arena South plan into a destination 1/3- or 1/2-scale of the LA Live area that surrounds LA’s Staple Center or the area surrounding Prudential Center in Boston may be worth a consideration by a few visionaries we know? . . . . maybe . . . . ?
  7. THE Downtown Market updates

    Eberhard City Market - Meijer Marketplace - Southgate Market
  8. 25 Ottawa Makeover - Arena District

    ....to compliment the work at 25 Ottawa and at Arena Place, a glass_wrap-around_super-regional_shopping atrium_LINER BUILDING surrounding/hiding VanAndel Arena South Phase Parking Ramp, please? Thank you in advance....
  9. Van Andel Arena Expansion?

    I always thought the concept for VanAndel Arena's expansion - like the one that GRDad just posted - would be best maximized by 1] sinking the parking program underground, 2] putting a 4-5 story atrium retail / entertainment / dining destination on top of the underground parking and 3] wrapping the south Oakes Street face of the destination atrium with a curving glass wall like the north Fulton Street face so that the escalators and interior public circulation spaces could curve with the glass wall and be seen from the outside (and dramatically lit up at night). Such a concept would ensure revenue for the Convention Arena Authority (CAA) even when the arena portion of the facility is not operating and create a fantastic central anchor for the rest of Arena South. It would certainly strengthen the viability of the Celebration Cinema concept talked about to the immediate south, the viability of infill between HopCat and the Bank of Holland along Ionia as well as, of course, the ongoing tenant attraction for Arena Place and 25 Ottawa to the immediate west.
  10. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    FINALLY!! Examining what will be the outcomes of connecting Michigan's two largest metro areas by commuter rail to their state capitol area in between.... http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Michigan-to-study-Holland-Detroit-passenger-rail-5564852.php
  11. A smart Ellis Parking will simply keep their respective parking footprints and collaborate with developers on developing the airspace ABOVE their parking with new housing, shopping, entertainment, office, hotel, etc. uses - kind of ensures built-in parkers and gets out of the way of development.
  12. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    In regard to the streetrail (SRT) alignment options presented by ITP at this time, the overall solution for the greater Downtown has inadvertantly been dropped right in front of us - albeit in two phases. PHASE ONE: Engage Option 2 / it combines extending the walk radius of all the new residents in Monroe Center and those coming to Arena South and Southgate (especially around Downtown Market) while still providing the development instigation benefits for its stations that will anchor the powerful development footprints of Monroe North that were targeted by the original 2008 Great Transit-Grand Tomorrows (GT2) streetrail study. PHASE TWO: Engage an amalgam of Option 3 and the Market Avenue component of Option 1 / such a scenario both links Central Downtown to Westbank City (bounded by Bridge Street NW, Seward Avenue NW, West Fulton, Grand River) while it links GVSU-Pew Campus to system and provides development instigation benefits for the SRT stations that will anchor Westbank City's POWERFUL clean slate development opportunities at the Dash West lots and the Downtown YMCA lot (enacted with underground replacement parking ala Arena South or development-wrapped parking structures if westbank flooding history is technologically insurmountable), for the Bridge Street corridor between Bridgewater Place and Seward and along the critical riverfront between Fulton and Wealthy. Mayor Logie is right to be slightly hopeful about this being the time to act . . . .
  13. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    As someone who was actually a part of The Rapid's Great Transit/Grand Tomorrows (GT2) Steering Committee that planned both the Silverline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system AND the Market/Monroe Avenue Street Rail Transit (SRT) system, I just could not take any more of the hyperbole about both of these systems by certain zealous participants in the discourse pertaining to this thread. Please consider these truths (heretofore to be known as FACT PERTAINING TO GR BRT & SRT): 1] The Silverline became the option for The Rapid to pursue ONLY after long and intense debate over modalities that included consideration of HEAVY RAIL TRANSIT (HRT; i.e. - Washington D.C. Metrorail, Atlanta MARTA rail system, Bay Area BART system, San Juan Tren Urbano rail system), LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT; i.e. - Hiawatha Line in Twin Cities MN, the Hudson-Bergen LRT system of New Jersey, the Charlotte NC LYNX system, the Portland OR TriMet MAX system, etc.), BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT; i.e. - Cleveland's Euclid Avenue Corridor and unfortunately NOT the much more robust and rail-like Bogotá Colombia example) and, yes, Street Rail Transit (SRT aka Streetcars; i.e. - Oregon's Portland SRT, the South Lake Union SRT in Seattle, etc.). 2] The Silverline BRT evolved from that debate as the chosen modality due to a "do-ability" compromise/consensus that weighed cost, Grand Rapids' "newness" or "city with least enhanced/fixed-guideway transit experience on the totem pole" status in the community of urban areas applying for Federal Transportation Administration TEA-2 New Starts/Small Starts funding, the consideration of making a choice that would be "palatable" or "seen as scale-appropriate" by what was perceived by GT2 as Grand Rapids' ubiquitous conservative standards AND that could succeed sufficiently to win future FTA support for larger, more world-class transit systems for Metro GR like the modern SRT planned for the Market/Monroe corridor and even the longer-term LRT or HRT system envisioned one day for the 19-mile Ford Airport/Downtown/GVSU-Allendale East-West corridor. 3] The Market/Monroe SRT has a COMPLETELY different transit function from the Silverline or ANY BRT for that matter. While a BRT, LRT and HRT are all for moving riders rapidly over longer-haul distances (like from 60th & Division to Central Station) with limited stops in between, LRT is designed to actually enhance the walkable footprint of a central business district (CBD) or inter-related CBDs; in relation to the Market/Monroe SRT, consider that from Rosa Parks Circle, a pedestrian 5-minute walk radius would reach West to the Grand River, South to The BOB, East to Kendall College and North to Calder Plaza; with the SRT in place the East and West 5-minute walk limits would be extended north to the 6th Street Bridge area and south to Central Station effectively increasing pedestrian access to areas north and south of Central Downtown that are primed for expansive growth in housing, entertainment, education and office uses [it is no coincidence that The DASH shuttle's south leg is on Market/Monroe and that it now has a north leg up to the 6th Street Bridge in what transit planners call "infrastructure place-holding/case-making"]. Mayor Logie, who also was a part of GT2 at the time, has eloquently stated the facts about the superior development attraction reality of fixed-guideway transit as compared to the more modest amount of BRT-associated development expected with minimal BRT (which the Silverline unfortunately is; see Bogotá Colombia BRT to understand why the Silverline is not full-tilt BRT); his commentary on developers taking more seriously an opportunity to develop a people-oriented use like housing, retail, entertainment, etc. adjacent to or within blocks of a fixed-guideway station is spot-on. 4] The GVSU Lakerline BRT is common sense and will go far toward paving the way for the western side of any potential engagement of the East/West LRT or HRT line. 5] Metro GR is headed in the right direction with transit planning and is correct to proceed thoughtfully with a multiplicity of overlapping and inter-related transit modalities – REMEMBER: the best metropolitan areas are those where the majority of the people can access the majority of the landscape with a maximum of convenience, independence, safety, cost savings and flexibility of THEIR time. BE POSITIVE and KEEP IT MOVING!
  14. New Downtown Hotel at Monroe and Louis

    With this news that this hotel - going in at the parking lot directly adjacent to the Monroe/Louis BRT Station site no-less - is going to be 5-7 stories, it makes one wonder if the total number of stories for the entire mixed-use building will be limited to the hotel component's 5-7 stories; especially since the unnamed hotel brand is planned to be accompanied by components including restaurants, retail space and residential units. I'm wondering is there flexibility in their plan to keep with the profile/roofline of 50 Monroe or to go more vertical with the other non-hotel components? Either way, it could be a REALLY impressive urban space. SIDE QUERY: Thoughts on the consideration of Amway Hotel Corporation as the operator?