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  1. arcturus

    Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    They better hurry up else the next recession will put this on the back burner for at least 5 years. It's looming.
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    Population Growth

    Oh please .. if you think the comment was made without a bit of sarcasm look in the mirror.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    True that understanding Phoenix/Mesa on a good day is nearly 40 minutes from downtown with limited connections. It should also make happy the 'anything other than Allegiant' crowd who have had a poor experience with them mainly because of issues relating to their aging fleet which they've been slow to modernize. The 60 minutes expose didn't help.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Oh heck yes, Phoenix and Tampa! ht tps://
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    Population Growth

    The discussion is Michigan relative to other states, many with a large manufacturing presence, none immune to the recession, all of which have rebounded to varying degree. There were 2 stats, remember? The economic conditions were an aberration to ALL states with equally compelling stories of woe. I'm certain Michigan's rank will jump in 2020 but let's not forget the auto industry still plays an important part and it's the deep hole to begin with that boosts the ranking so please no lecture on 'intellectual dishonesty' ok? As to what happens during a future recession I guess the good news is it won't impact the state as much ... the damage has deflated its susceptibility. I mean what can a new recession do to Wyoming, MI a this point? Besides, as it relates to population stats, it takes a back seat to baby boom migration anyway. Despite some nice publicity touting GR and Traverse City as wonderful retirement meccas ... which might change 6 people's minds ... the shift continues south and west. It's nice to see a little net migration once again as the clash between new residents vs adios amigo! hits equilibrium. Quite an accomplishment but nothing significant in the big picture. The state will gain in population slightly but will continue to fall in rank. Another recession will hurt the state of course. How it plays out relative to other states remains to be seen.
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    Population Growth

    Of course it's meaningful and certainly no less than parsing it into smaller periods to suit one's bias. It's using the latest census figures and a 10 yr look back ... a reasonable, common yardstick. It encompasses both the drastic drop and subsequent rebound. It tells the story about a state (not solely immune to the recession btw) that lost so much that it's remarkable it dragged itself nearly out of the hole. Whats to say its recent growth has as much to do with the vacuum created (which is now filling) as it is with new growth had the recession not occurred? There's a crapload of labor intensive road and infrastructure improvements and housing underway thanks to previous austerity measures and deferred maintenance that a 10 year look back will more accurately portray. Tell you what .. if/when the next recession hits and it so happens the state is initially MORE immune then drops off the cliff in years 6 - 10 feel free to do a 180 and emphasize the 10 yr figure while dismissing the last few when its getting hammered. It works both ways.
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    Population Growth

    Michigan: 2nd lowest population growth in the country 2007 - 2017 and 2nd lowest population growth in Midwest 2017.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Hoping the gas station owner on the corner finally relents and sells. It looks like a POS even for a station.
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    New projects on the West Side

    I spoke with the artist yesterday. She's from Asheville, NC so we talked beer. Has already entered it in ArtPrize.
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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Another perspective.
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    Suburban Projects

    Impressive construction activity going on at Byron Center HS. $68 million bond with the majority going to the HS and it shows.
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    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    Drove past this yesterday and this development is VAST. I counted no less than 17 cement trucks and those were just the ones I could see.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    The shuttle service was discontinued when airport passenger traffic was 3,300 per day less than now. Complementary shuttle services offered by downtown hotels and the new ones coming online plus Uber/Lyft plus a growing downtown population could spell a decent number heading there. Hard to quantify but with traffic exceeding 3 mil a year and just 1 of 20 heading downtown who desire an inexpensive solution I could see an hourly shuttle which might be viable again.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    31 different floor plans? Also, if you believe the numbers there's roughly 450 available. Do we know the total capacity?