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  1. I think you could do a lot with the wall facing Mt. Vernon Ave.: Then of course there's GRPD and UICA: I even think those would be good spots for two giant LED billboards, like the ones outside Staples Center:
  2. I just had to get a "before" pic of this house. Found it on Streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/SmpKyUbwYeukWmU76
  3. Isn't 48 Fulton W (Back Forty's building) part of the Historic District? I wonder if taking that building down for something taller would be a challenge.
  4. LOL, Read some of the stuff that went into this site. Not a place I'd go dumpster diving but YMMV :
  5. It's a pretty standard anti-terrorism measure now for arenas & stadiums & such.
  6. Yeah - I feel like that wide angle rendering is attempting to make it look like the center of a big plaza, and that's not what this is at all. It's a tight space. It'll make downtown feel more dense.
  7. LOL, the State would probably tell Spectrum if they want money they can go move to Downtown Detroit too.
  8. Haven't been able to find clear dates myself, only that 37 Ottawa was the first one built in 1887, which would put it at 132 years old. Have never seen a date for 50 Monroe's construction, but maybe it was 127 years ago (1892)? I don't know. 37 Ottawa, I think, started as Grand Rapids Refrigerator Co. and it expanded to all three buildings. Sometime before 1911 it became the Leonard Exhibition Building (probably still owned by Charles Leonard, who founded GR Refrigerator) and was used for furniture exhibitions. GR Refrigerator (which would later merge with Kelvinator) moved down to Clyde Park and built a bigger factory. Sometime after that 50 Monroe's name was changed to "Helmer Building" and it turned into an office building. That's the best I can come up with.
  9. It was probably headed north - there's a wind farm project up in the Casnovia/Kent City area that was just approved to start building in April. Supposed to be complete by 2020. https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2019/04/wind-farm-proposed-for-muskegonkent-counties-border-gets-key-approval.html
  10. LOL. Fort Wayne continuously annexes land whenever there is new development, and have already done so several times this decade. GR has only annexed land once in the past 50 years, which was the Knapp's Corner strip in 1992 (probably didn't add much in population but was a great move for all the commercial retail that's now there). It's great that GR is getting a lot for its 44 square miles, but speaks to the disadvantage that we have compared to other cities that are freer to annex land... But it's worth saying that if the population estimates are correct, a gain of over 12,000 in under a decade is pretty good for a city that's probably never going to expand its boundaries again. Kentwood too... My parents sold their house to a young couple with a baby last year. It was their first house and they were overjoyed. My parents were the last empty nestors on the block; every other house had turned over to a younger family in the past decade.
  11. Kalamazoo (76,545) came back and overtook Wyoming (75,820). Wyoming had briefly pulled ahead last year.
  12. I think the guy who owns McKendree Jewelers designed it. They've been there since 1972. At least with the show, I doubt they'll be able to do anything with the exterior. According to them, they only have a $10,000 budget, including all the work they have to do in the interior. A bigger sign on the outside would be nice... Though I have no idea where it would go.
  13. Couldn't help but laugh at this: Restaurant Impossible's construction manager posted on Instagram his reaction to seeing the outside of Chez Olga's building
  14. Was listening to NPR on Wednesday and All Things Considered aired a story about the proposed 911 ordinance: https://www.npr.org/2019/05/15/723686010/grand-rapids-mich-aims-to-make-racially-biased-911-calls-illegal Perhaps this has been getting lots of local coverage already, but out on the West Coast this was the first I'd heard of it.
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