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organsnyder last won the day on June 1 2012

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  1. I grew up just a couple of blocks from there, and still am in the area frequently (church and kids' school). That building has been vacant for decades. Excited to see this project!
  2. I don't understand why any road improvements there would be needed. I've never encountered any appreciable amount of traffic out there. Would a five-minute savings in travel time be appreciated? Sure. But it's not like we have any choke points that we need to eliminate.
  3. I've heard that as well. Never heard a sound like that from a roadway before.
  4. Exciting development just north of Hall: https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/the-candied-yam-to-convert-south-division-eyesore-into-new-restaurant-banquet-hall
  5. Maybe it's as tall as seven stories of fence? That'd be around three real stories by my brief imagined calculation.
  6. WMU is selling their East Beltline campus: https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/wmu-board-approves-sale-of-grand-rapids-east-beltline-property-for-6-25m
  7. Surely they meant 18,550 10 sqft units?
  8. It's especially amusing/aggravating to see them trying to align themselves with the progressive urbanist crowd. Replacing antique stores with housing is a progressive win. I love those stores, but my shopping experience shouldn't come at the expense of housing.
  9. Hotel desks are desks not assigned to any specific individual. Spectrum already has them in many offices (when I worked for Spectrum I'd use them occasionally when I was at another location for meetings), but I'm assuming they'll be expanding them quite a bit to accommodate workers that are primarily WFH.
  10. Not nearly as showy, but there is already a skywalk connection over Ottawa that connects to everything on the DT skywalk system.
  11. Thanks for posting the pic. I kept meaning to stop and take some, but I don't walk that way anymore since I work from home. West Garfield is a really cool piece of infill: it occupies space formerly taken by part of a crumbling church parking lot. The church building is still there (I think it's casting the shadow in the lower-right), and they share the remaining parking lot plus plenty of on-street parking on Jefferson. I've been wondering if there is an "East Garfield" in the works. There's another unused parking lot on Burton next to Korean Grace CRC (former Burton Heights CRC) that could be similarly developed, I think.
  12. When my office was in the Blue35 building, I was struck by how little activity there was in the Cooley building. Even the library (or at least what I'm assuming was the library, visible on the ground floor) rarely had anyone in it. Apart from the lack of activity, we're not losing much of value:
  13. Based on my experience with New Hotel Mertens' Ninth Street Philly steaks popup concept (as well as their traditional fare and, well, everything they do), that poutine is gonna be incredible.
  14. I'm the only person I know under 40 that subscribes to a print newspaper (we subscribe to two: GR Press and NY Times). The GR Press is pretty worthless at this point, with a smattering of local content at least two days old (not only do they only deliver three days a week, they must also have a print deadline of 3pm or something). The NY Times is printed in Detroit, and I rarely see a deviation from their typical 4am delivery time. The GR Press should have no problem maintaining their normal late morning Tuesday/Thursday and early morning Sunday delivery schedule. I'm surprised that Walker plant has survived this long. I'm guessing a lot of its output was contract jobs rather than newspapers (I recall that being a big part of its intended purpose back when it was built). I can't imagine who would want to buy the building now.
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