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  1. RegalTDP

    Holland Home - Fulton St.

    My family has worked with Family Promise through Interfaith Hospitality Network and our experience with the families in that program align with Walker's. Quite a few churches in the GR area participate in IHN, and a church near *your* house may already be hosting homeless families periodically. Bet you didn't even notice.
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    Beer

    It's not like "Crack Fries" was all that original of a name to begin with. People were calling fries and all other food they couldn't stop eating "crack" before HopCat opened. People are starting to move away from the term, so HopCat is moving with them. I don't think they would make the change if they didn't feel the name would be a liability going forward. People who are reacting negatively to the change are acting as though HopCat is obligated to hold ownership of the name, but I don't see why they should as they didn't popularize the term "crack" in reference to food in the first place. FWIW I do think the fries are as good as hyped, but I never thought the name was particularly iconic. But if you want to be cynical, they sure are getting press out of it.
  3. GR has a way bigger MSA and labor force than all of those cities. Rochester NY and Buffalo are more comparable IMO. Richmond may be too... it's a bit bigger and is a state capital, but our economy is growing faster and we may need to start looking at models a little bigger than ourselves. Can't really speak to their downtown parking situations though. BTW @x99based on your mood today you might want to start trying some of that legalized weed.
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    I know we here at UP know better than to invest a whole lot in website rankings, but I couldn't resist taking a look at the actual study and its methodology. GR's strong showing was buoyed by its high scores in the Food & Drink (9.58 out of 10) and Accomodation Affordability (9.72 out of 10). I was pretty impressed by GR's Food & Drink score... Until I saw the methodology: C'mon man... Really?
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    The Grand River?! You mean GR has a River?

    I like GR_Urbanist's idea of dutchifying it. "Rivierstroming" (Riverflow)
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    I don't think anyone besides @GR8scott has ever brought it up on this forum. I respect GR8scott's passion for the idea but I don't see the need either. And 36th Street is the closest airport exit, not 28th Street. The highway signs on I-96 even say so.
  7. Closed last March, apparently: https://www.grbj.com/articles/90317-downtown-restaurant-closes Guess no one noticed until now.
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    Lakeshore Projects

    Sounds perfect for a 20-story castle IMO.
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    New projects on the West Side

    In California, all bags are 10 cents (both paper and plastic). State law. I don't think Meijer should unilaterally impose a charge on bags when their competitors don't, but incentives for reusable bags is a good idea.
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    Here's some better examples IMHO: 1555 Wealthy and 623 Lyon. I think I have the street numbers right. I'll be honest, I like modern buildings, I personally don't have a problem with them in historic districts (just my preference), so the Terra Firma design is fine by me. Actually reminds me of Maru Sushi more than anything else. That being said, those two examples above are my favorite two infill buildings we've had recently, and I wish we had more new projects like them.
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    Suburban Projects

    Next PF Chang's will probably move across the street to be closer to the theater. Mark my words.
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    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.