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    The Watering Hole

    I'm not much of a traveler (only been out of the country once, and that was just to Canada 10 years ago). Looks like the family is going to Egypt next year, and the thought of planning an international vacation to a non-English speaking country is giving me anxiety fits already. Can anybody recommend a good travel agent (not Expedia/Orbitz/etc), preferably one with lots of international work? Muchas gracias. PM is fine....
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    The Watering Hole

    Also, see old pics here: I guess I didn't know what to expect the first time I went, but I am always impressed with their dedication to detail - some of the sets and costumes are nearly Hollywood-good.
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    The Watering Hole

    It changes a bit from year to year but I've gone a couple times and it's pretty cool. I've only ever done the haunted house part but they really are committed to the ambience and the "actors" do a good job. They even have a dance stage/coreographed zombie dances that keeps you entertained while waiting in line (gets quite busy on Fri & Sat nights). Just watch out as soon as you get there as monsters roam the parking lots and dark corners of the property and love to jump out at you. I'll be going this year, and if you go early & during the week the prices are quite better ($5 off coupons are everywhere).
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    A little birdie told me: MSU med school - on schedule, on budget, still planning to open Fall 2010 VA II - ahead of schedule and under budget, planning to open Q1 2010
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    No pics, but some things I've noticed on the HDVCH: The elevator core that sticks out the back side has been covered with this weird black brick. They've started laying out the "garden" on the podium thing - lots of landscaping bricks and stuff shaping up. (not visible from the ground) The first floor is pretty well closed in now with glass, and you can see where the entrances are going to be. Rumor is they may actually be back on track to open late 2010 instead of early 2011.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    They also have a Flickr set for the construction. This shot of looking out thru the new glass is pretty cool.
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    The NYT has a nice article about the Salvation Army Kroc centers and there's a quick mention of GR as one of the cities that's been able to actually get their center off the ground.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    Obviously perception is not my strong suit. I'll shut up now.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    Tower crane at 35 Michigan is up.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    D'oh! For some reason I had in my head that the new Rylee's was going on Fuller just north of clue why I thought that. So the good news is that they've started work on the new Rylee's!
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    The big empty lot on Michigan just west of Fuller has activity today (cranes, bulldozers, etc) after nothing but "coming soon" signs for 2-3 years. All the signs promising a forthcoming medical building are gone so I wonder what the story is now....
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    The All-Star Wireless on Michigan & Diamond has undergone a perhaps even more dramatic transformation. The awning is gone, all new plaster on front and even a stone facade now! If anything, it's too nice for the area now. (Although the paint job may not be done - I'll redact my "too nice for the area" comment if it turns purple and orange.)
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    Redevelopment along 28th Street

    You're absolutely right. The building should sit vacant, not employing anyone, not generating taxes. It's not like we need jobs or funds for state operating budget, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Your dislike of the area is well known but now you're just being ridiculous.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    I think it's the only access for vehicles in and out of the tower 35 pit. Probably got cleaned up when LHCP finished, and now it's needed again.
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Seconded wholeheartedly. Check out Ann Arbor's bus tracker - very cool (and optimized for cell phones).