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  1. 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....
  2. Also, see old pics here: http://www.the-haunt.com 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. They also have a Flickr set for the construction. This shot of looking out thru the new glass is pretty cool.
  7. 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.
  8. Obviously perception is not my strong suit. I'll shut up now.
  9. D'oh! For some reason I had in my head that the new Rylee's was going on Fuller just north of Michigan....no clue why I thought that. So the good news is that they've started work on the new Rylee's!
  10. 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....
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Seconded wholeheartedly. Check out Ann Arbor's bus tracker - very cool (and optimized for cell phones).
  14. Sadly, it only drives the wedge deeper. Kumbaya neighbor Tim!
  15. So you list a bunch of jobs and that makes it so? I guess I'm lost. Who is going to pay for performance artists? For that matter, who is going to pay for any of these? Again, this will be a huge boon for the city for the 3 weeks, but after that, I'm skeptical. Let's see what's changed come November. I would certainly take this festival over no festival, but I still would have preferred to hear an announcement that involved permanent creation of 100s of jobs. I would rather bring skilled, young people here to work rather than as tourists.
  16. I know everybody here is dying to hear what I think... It's hard to imagine much of a downside to this, and nearly 20 days of tourism is a damn nice boost to the economy (and especially downtown). However, I can't help but feel a little mislead by the hype/teasers leading up to this event. Of course, since Devos was pretty silent, or at least orchestrated careful leaks, it's hard to know what the media made up versus what they were fed. But this hardly feels like it will "make it a more attractive place for young, creative people to live and work." (source) It's a very large weeks-long festival. I can't see a lot of people moving here just because of it...there would have to be JOBS first. Does anyone really think this is going to create dozens of art-centric jobs?
  17. A little OT but I thought the people in this thread would like this pretty neato infographic from GOOD magazine about how to make streets more people-friendly.
  18. Gotcha. It's my understanding that nearly 0% of the newly added spots up and down Michigan (25, LHCP, future 35, MSU) will provide for employee parking. It's pretty much all for guests/visitors. I believe that VAI is currently using some (most?) of the space under 25. 35 will eventually be the new home of the outpatient lab so there will be quite a bit of parking needed for all of those people coming and going.
  19. As I've stated previously, only about 20% of SH employees park on site. Currently, employees need almost 9 years of seniority to park in the ramps. The rest are shuttled in from various sites around the 2 hospitals. I am not sure if your main point was that (A) employees should have to park off site or (B) there needs to be better mass transit options. I'm with you 100% on B, but A is unfair unless you apply that to all downtown businesses. It's a HUGE employee dissatisfier, especially in the winter. Imagine yourself as an A+ new nursing grad - where are you going to work? All 3 hospitals pay similar, have similar shifts/hours for new hires, similar patients....except that one requires you to park 3 miles away. As others have stated, it's not great to have SH-specific shuttles running 18hours a day, 5 days a week. I would LOVE to not have to wait 10-15 minutes just for a shuttle to show up to bring me from my parking lot on Plymouth to the hospital. Parking out there, and then waiting for a shuttle, then riding said shuttle adds 45 min+ to my day, every day, not counting my commute to the lot. Unfortuantely, I don't live within miles of a Rapid stop, and the closest one would require me to transfer buses to get to the hospital. If there was a better option, I'd be all over it. Seems like SH could pony up some $$$ to get a high-speed line up and down Michigan at the least.
  20. Being on the roof for a helicopter landing still stands as one of the scariest moments of my life. And this was BEFORE the Aeromed crash! It probably didn't help that it was a big ol' Coast Guard chopper, making their once-in-a-lifetime landing at a hospital, on a windy day.
  21. Slightly OT here, but since we were just talking about the Slate photo galleries: Witold Rybczynski, Slate's resident architecture author, has just posted a pretty neat photo essay on Detroit called Incredible Hulks.
  22. Maybe it's a little sports complex just for that subdivision/community? Those houses look big enough to support such a thing.
  23. The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo have put together an index of the most and least affordable metro areas. The index was created by calculating what percentage of a city's residents making the median income can afford a house in that city. In order to qualify, each metro area had to have over 500,000 people. GR makes the top 10 most affordable cities. If you get rid of the 500k requirement, Lansing/East Lansing is the most affordable metro area in the country!
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