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  1. Looks like The Rapid is going to be migrating to CNG:
  2. We'll also need to update our numbers for buses, then, since hybrid busses are quite prevalent (does ITP buy any non-hybrids anymore?). According to an old NYT article I dug up (Googled for "hybrid bus mpg"), hybrid buses get around 4 MPG, compared to 2.75 MPG for non-hybrids.
  3. Have you ridden it lately? During normal commuting hours (I take it to/from work most days), it seems to be quite busy, even during the summer without the influx of GRPS and GRCC students. The #1 line also remains very busy, despite the route overlap.
  4. Yes, it's the same Azzar. His antics with those properties have caused consternation in the past:
  5. MLive put together a good slideshow of the properties purchased so far: My suspicion is that many of the most vocal opponents are not neighborhood residents at all, but are instead people focused on opposing a purported DeVos agenda. While I sympathize with their concerns (to an extent), the opponents are committing one of the very sins that they're (unfairly, IMHO) accusing Amplify of, by treating the neighborhood and its residents as pawns in a bigger political game rather than really trying to find the solutions that most benefit the existing residents.
  6. I was at the meeting last night (nice to finally meet you in person, @KCLBADave!). I felt that the people on stage made a compelling case that they really are trying to have the best interests of the neighborhood in mind. The protesters raised some valid concerns, but much of the delivery was not constructive, IMHO. I also get the feeling that many of the protesters don't live in the neighborhood, either—they have their own "outsider savior" mentality coming into this. AmplifyGR's critics seem to have impossible expectations at this point: They seemed unhappy that there weren't concrete plans presented; however, had there been concrete plans, they would have been screaming about the "done deal" that was developed without neighborhood involvement. If you take AmplifyGR at their word (and I do), they really don't have many concrete plans, beyond a portfolio of properties that they want to develop. Multiple times, they implored the audience to visit the AmplifyGR office and provide feedback. I hope that everyone—especially the protestors—take them up on that, and try to have a constructive dialogue.
  7. I wouldn't blame them. I remember being able to hear the roar of the cars from my family's house 2 miles away from downtown.
  8. This is amazing news (dare I say "game-changing"?)! Congratulations on this effort—really looking forward to where this leads.
  9. This could be a really good step toward improving access to affordable housing. If ICCF did the bare minimum with this acquisition—continue operating the properties in a similar manner to how they've been managed, but with an eye toward community development and keeping rents low—that would be a good thing. But they could go further: Set a goal of transitioning those rentals to owner-occupied whenever possible. They could identify which renters are good candidates for ownership (based on credit score, timeliness of rent payments, how they've treated the rental property, etc.), and offer to convert their rental agreement to a (relatively low-interest) land contract. Not sure if ICCF has any plans to do this, but it seems to me that such a strategy could do an immense amount of good for the community by increasing homeownership, and long-term would be cashflow-neutral—or perhaps even a source of revenue—for the nonprofit.
  10. Me too! A bird followed all the way along the Van Andel Museum last week. Attacked the top of my head whenever I was facing away from it.
  11. Add a couple of ramps for direct highway access!
  12. Resurrecting this thread, since this project is picking up steam, in a much larger form (the thread should probably be renamed). This article (which includes remarks from our own lighthousedave) was just posted : I'm torn on this. I'm excited to see the area finally getting interest, and I don't doubt that AmplifyGR and Rockford really have altruistic motives. However, as a lifelong resident of these neighborhoods (grew up just north of Boston Square, now living just south of the Cottage Grove target area), I'm concerned that this effort—no matter how many community managers are hired—can avoid paternalism (or, at the very least, the perception of it). Jeff Smith at GRIID has written some articles on this as well, which I (somewhat reluctantly) shared on social media a week or so ago. I have some serious issues with his antagonistic tone, but there are some valid concerns underneath all of the vitriol.
  13. My hunch is that they hold spots open. Though it would make sense for them to oversubscribe by a certain amount, and cut into the daily spots when necessary. If we better manage the spaces we have, I bet we could get at least 10% more usable capacity in our existing public ramps/lots.
  14. Exactly. Right now, we have a utilization efficiency problem—not a supply problem.