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  1. RegalTDP

    Van Andel Arena Expansion?

    I think MLS would be great for GR - it wouldn't have to compete with any Detroit teams and could take the helm as Michigan's MLS club. Though I know Detroit is actively trying to get an MLS club. As are many, many other cities.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    For history purposes: MSU was the last host school to put an NCAA bid for Van Andel Arena. That was in 2012 and the bid was for the 2014 and 2015 tournaments: https://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2012/09/grand_rapids_michigan_state_bi.html WMU hosted the 2009 bid for the '11/'12/'13 tourneys. In 2009 the minimum seating capacity for a First Four arena was 12000, which Van Andel doesn't have and the bid was a longshot. In 2012 the minimum was reduced to 10000, which helped our case, and we at least got an NCAA rep to come to GR for a site visit that time. Currently all the lower round & regional hosts have been decided up to 2022; not sure when the next bids are due, but yeah, MSU & GR should partner up again. Dayton keeps hosting because the NCAA has a clear preference for places that have already hosted in the past (they didn't select ANY new venues the year MSU put in their bid). Come on NCAA, try somewhere new for a change.
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    What are Grand Rapids' best assets?

    Didn't mean to say GR was perfect, just that the effort was there and the results have been better than most. We're not the only city that tried urban renewal. And by "urban core" I didn't mean exclusively downtown, but all the pre-WW2 neighborhoods in the city.
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    What are Grand Rapids' best assets?

    I get it - I grew up in GR and it's a real shock to the senses when you step off the plane the first time. No exaggeration. Not to go further down this rabbit hole, but here's a couple more things you notice when you come back to Michigan from out West: --CRITTERS GALORE! So, so, so many small furry animals in MI. And the birds are chirping like crazy. So occasionally in LA I'll spot a hare or a coyote, but it's nothing like in MI, where you see animals everywhere, even in the suburbs. There are plenty of bugs and lizards in CA, but they don't have personality. And there are lots of birds out here, but they're not as musical. --RURAL TOWNS & COUNTRY ROADS. In Michigan, when you leave the city, you're in a rural area - farms & houses & small towns, etc. You cross lots of roads that connect to other roads. Out west, when you leave the city, you are completely separated from all civilization. There are no other roads besides the one you're on. It's an odd feeling. --- To get back to the topic at hand, Denver vs GR is a tough comparison. But I also don't think cities *can* be rated objectively; there's always a personal factor for how one feels about them. If @GRDadof3's friends loved Denver and miss it now that they're gone, there's really nothing we can argue about. All we can do is be good neighbors and hope they grow to love GR just as much. So all that being said, here's what I love about GR. These are just a couple things I didn't notice until I left, and realized set it apart from its peers. It's hard to explain, since neither of these are tangible or quantitative, but I'll try. And they aren't "unique" to GR, but I think GR does do them especially well. --CONNECTED NEIGHBORHOODS. To me, what separates a big city from a small one is that a small city feels like one big neighborhood, where a big city is a collection of them. For a city of its size, GR has a lot of distinct neighborhoods, and they connect really well. In a lot of cities, I've noticed the "downtown" area is cut off from the rest of town, surrounded by a ring of freeways, blight, and surface lots that separate it from the surrounding neighborhoods. Now, that's not to say GR doesn't have its share of blight, surface lots, and inconveniently-placed freeways, but we've done a lot to mitigate them. I don't take for granted that a person can walk from downtown to Reeds Lake and cross through a mix of neighborhoods on the way. The Uptown corridor is great. The Westside & Creston & Madison & Roosevelt Park are all getting better. --PRESERVATION. Everyone knows GR did a great job preserving its urban core, and there's a public spirit of keeping the city's historic look fresh that's special to us and hard to explain to outsiders. Even in GR's less desirable neighborhoods, I somehow get the sense that the streets are kept up better than in the poor neighborhoods in other cities... They're cleaner, still lined with trees, the sidewalks are new, etc. I mean, @GRDadof3, if your friends really do have trouble distinguishing GR from the rest of the state, have them drive around Detroit for a while and tell me if they can't see the difference. All right, now I'm getting all misty so I'll stop there. I hope that contributed something.
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    What are Grand Rapids' best assets?

    TRUTH. I experience the reverse when I visit Michigan from California. CA has vegetation, but it's still a desert. Coming from the brown hills of CA, the lush green of Michigan is overwhelming.
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    At the end of the day I actually do like this better for that parcel.
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    New projects on the West Side

    You might be right - that's also 540 Leonard and I didn't realize it was all one building. Because the application says "theater/assembly use" I thought they were taking over the church, but I guess it could be any portion of it. Obviously, frontage on Leonard would be way more desirable.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Cool project, great to see on Leonard. Here's a visual of the site: https://goo.gl/maps/8N9qXRNPfP92
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    A few thoughts on Sun Belt migration - 100% anecdotal, 0% based on data, so take for what it's worth... --I don't think it's about the weather. It's certainly a factor for some, but hardly the defining point. When I look back at my own peer group, here's what I see... And keep in mind, I graduated college in the middle of Michigan's lost decade, when our state's economy was depressed, and the rest of the country was riding the housing bubble. Of all the people I know of from my class in Kentwood, a large number of us resettled out of state; but, only a couple (which includes me) ended up in a Sun Belt state. Most everyone else is still in the Midwest, particularly in the Chicago area. Everyone complains about the weather all the time, but I can't remember seeing anyone actually pick up stakes and move over it. The weather wasn't a factor for me moving to California and it certainly wasn't for my friends still in Chicago either. On that note... --...I would hypothesize that most people would rather stay close to their families than chase warmer weather. OK, some have family connections in the Sun Belt, others actually do want to get away from their families for legit reasons, but most people don't. That's why I think Chicago was such a draw for my "Lost Decade" classmates - it was a bigger city that was still close enough to their families in GR. I'm sure there's data on this sort of thing somewhere. --Random thought: Michigan has a thin DoD presence, which is clearly a net loss to the state. Military bases are concentrated in the West Coast and the South, and their effect on migration has to be accounted for. Now, most service members who get out after their first enlistment go back to their home state. However, those who reenlist are soon looking to settle in the communities near where they are stationed. Before long they're raising their families there and are skilled in their ratings. After they retire from the military, local defense contractors are quick to scoop them up and give them jobs. --Bottom line, I don't think Michigan's tech sector can compete with the West Coast and the South, all things being equal. It's just too big down there. So, somebody looking to build a tech startup at all costs, or seeking the absolute best job market in that area should probably still go there. But on the positive side, anyone who actually wants to stay in Michigan but still work in tech now has opportunities to do so. You couldn't say that with much confidence fifteen years ago. Again, not based on data, just my $0.02.
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    New projects in Monroe North

    You just posted yesterday that people weren't ridiculing it and expressed bewilderment over that. Your entire post was beating a dead horse.
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    New projects in Monroe North

    -People are ridiculing Movies on Monroe because what was a successful program (Movies at the Park) became a casualty of city politics and now it couldn't be more obvious they're just putting lipstick on a pig. -People are not ridiculing Downtown Ada because so far it's been well-planned, well-constructed, and looks nice. Does that help?
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    Cable cars in GR?

    So I guess cable cars are the new trendy thing to propose in cities nowadays. This was just in the news in LA not long ago: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dodger-stadium-gondola-20180426-story.html Not sure how realistic the LA proposal is, but at least it's being offered as a solution to a problem: The need for more options going to Dodger Stadium on game day. The Dodger Stadium Express, a direct bus from Union Station to the stadium, is the best way to go right now, and it sucks. This could work in GR if it's fixing a similar problem. Like, perhaps the cable car could run from somewhere around Bridge & Summer over to DeVos Place with a terminus that links to the skywalk. That way you can connect the food and drink establishments on Bridge Street to the rest of downtown. Saves the trouble of having to walk under the highway underpass and across the river, getting attacked by birds on the way. Is this more convenient than just Ubering? I don't know. Still an outlandish idea to me, but just a thought. The point is, I hope whatever proposal they're cooking up is intended to address a problem, not just be something cool to have.
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    Predictions for the coming year

  14. Quote: "The store, called Market 5-ONE-5, is one-fifth the size of a typical supermarket" OK, well, their store's name is dumber.