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    42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    Throw in some dirty snow and grey skies and it still looks good. Thumbs up to the illustrator for at least having some clouds which of course is a rarity here.
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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Imagine how imposing had it been twice the height.
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    'What urban revival? In Michigan, residents still flock to suburbs.' The downtown-centric posts here are fun to read but what would you guess, maybe 5x more happening outside the city limits? Maybe the web site should be renamed suburbanplanet.org.
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    42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    Dear Meijer Corp, how about a nice tall building downtown? You're big enough now. Plan 12 stories but revise to 20 to get 'yays!' but never ever plan 30 downsized to 20.
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    Suburban Projects

    The irony of Amazon announcing new fulfillment centers incl Grand Rapids isn't lost. I'm thinking Target is next. Anyone been in one lately?
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    Now that's a stretch. Ignoring the older segment at or near retirement, we are in an era where the younger generation has multiple career choices, is mobile, doesn't work in a cradle to grave job, values health ... fitness ... lifestyle as critical components to job selection, the winter factor will always be an important component. View it from this angle - would a person who has lived mostly in the south or west be as inclined to stick around in MI than the opposite? I'm sure some would be thrilled but my guess is it isn't 50/50. Also, it's not like our competition in the northern states is standing still. I'm encouraged by what's happening in Detroit and if becomes a raging success and translates elsewhere in the state it will serve to reduce the population bleed a bit or at best flat line it.
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    The publicity is nice and may have even changed a few minds but I doubt its much. A quick google of where people are retiring based on net migration for 60+ yields no surprises. https://smartasset.com/retirement/where-are-retirees-moving-2017-edition
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    The fact the state gained population is a minor miracle in itself considering all the factors working against it, the first on the list the 10,000 people per day nationwide who hit 65. Michigan isn't exactly #1 on their retirement destinations list.
  9. It does a great job capturing our awesome weather we're know for. Outdoor seating in February will be hard to find.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Tweet from airport says 1 million passenger mark hit in April. Traffic remains 15% higher year-over-year. https://twitter.com/FlyGRFord/status/996717888672235520
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    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    Well here you go. 'The Seefried executive said the firm plans to close on the land purchase from furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. by next month. The property deal includes the acquisition of nearly 100 acres along 68th Street SE between East Paris and Patterson Avenues.' https://mibiz.com/item/25822-distribution-center-linked-to-amazon-gets-final-approval-from-gaines-township Curious what road issues the township might have . Quickest outbound route for deliveries heading westbound on M-6 is Patterson to 60th to Broadmoor.
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    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    Not sure if related but there's another huge industrial structure under construction on 68th across from Steelcase and an even larger one nearing completion we talked about on Patterson just south of M-6 which appears to have a number of bays. 68th St is becoming crazy busy with everything going on in this area but most importantly Railtown Brewing's new building is nearing completion.
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Development along the Silver Line remains slow. If anyone can translate what exactly Nick Monoyios is saying I'm all eyes. https://mibiz.com/item/25797-after-4-years,-development-still-slow-along-gr’s-silver-line-bus-route
  14. Suspect they will take a cue from other urban stores and enhance profit margins through an expanded deli and sit down area with fewer food aisles. It would make sense considering the area demographic is increasingly student or young professional who don't exactly drop $200 a trip and lug 10 bags up 3 stories to their undersized fridge half full of craft beer and yogurt. It also desensitizes pricing when shopping piecemeal.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    That makes sense considering much of GR's airport traffic has been always to/from hubs.