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  1. I'm thrilled to see some of the ideas proposed in golscorer's thesis project.

    Also the pedestrian bridge over Monroe. Wish I could find the photo showing the icy cascade off the curved facade element and the subsequent barricades and hazard tape; adding a bridge could take care of that issue too.

  2. 2 hours ago, x99 said:

    Meh.  Largely inoffensive, at least, although the lack of brick on the far edge is a little disappointing.  Instead of trying to generate visual interest that way, it would be nice to see better brick and cornice work.  I can't imagine that would add all that much expense in something this size.  But, you know, I don't want to harsh on this too much.  If PAE or Integrated had done it, it would probably have like 8 different colors of metal panels and some concrete blocks all weirdly glommed together like square, melted Skittles that would inevitably look like a bad joke once the allure (if it ever existed) of that "style" wears off.  So, um, niceish if vanilla building if its the brick with a recessed black metal as it appears.  If architectural tastes ever shift toward the more ornate and interesting, you could juice this up and make it really nice pretty easily.

    I don't understand why comments like these have so many detractors on this forum.
    Seriously, I enjoy reading x99's screeds. Pithy, clever, lotsa adjectives, minimal use of "awesome!" and "awesomely awesome!!" Plus I learn new architectural terms and exactly why x doesn't like something, along with how it could be improved.

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  3. On 7/26/2016 at 3:16 PM, ctpgr34 said:

    Pics from their Facebook page

    ...Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 3.10.59 PM.png


    Rode by last night. All the jersey wall and barricading (formerly along the street corners) has been removed, and there were workers just leaving site at 9 pm.

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  4. On 4/24/2016 at 10:31 PM, pcdoctor said:

    The new drive thru area for the pharmacy at Alpine...

    Also in regards to the full size self checkout lanes...

    Speaking of Alpine...for about a month, all of the employees were attired in natty white polo shirts (and I think the same khaki pants). Talked to a couple of the cashiers and stockers, said that won't last.

    Et voila! they are back in navy blue polos. I am guessing that the whites started looking grubby immediately.

  5. On 4/20/2016 at 10:11 AM, organsnyder said:

    The Rapid is hosting an event there today to gather feedback: https://www.facebook.com/events/509346345936476/

    Not sure of the details, but there is a group of people that put up a demonstration station of some sort. Dunno if they're officially affiliated with The Rapid, or if they're making a statement on their own.

    Per a FB posting, it was a pop-up transit station, created in chalk and cones and posters. Everything should be back to "normal" now.

  6. On 4/12/2016 at 11:03 AM, pcdoctor said:

    The reason they are removing the self checkout lanes is due to the fact that many people are sneaking items out of the store without paying for them and they are losing a lot of money because of it.  Apparently no one watches the security cameras all the time.

    The express "12 items" self-checkouts work much better than the unlimited ones. The scanner registers an item immediately, and the scale (where the bags sit) detects said item being placed.

    The other lane has an electric eye to detect the item on the belt, and that is much slower. If your selections include many identical items (stocking up on cat food), the scanner-belt-computer can't keep up. It's possible to place something on the belt that hasn't been scanned since it doesn't detect weight. Also, items can get backed up in the bagging chute area, which slows the whole process.


  7. On 3/2/2016 at 4:53 PM, mtburb said:


    Also...could we finally see our first small-format urban Fred as part of the new Red Wings arena?

    "And within six months — two months after this National Hockey League season ends in June with — a series of substantial milestones, including major tenants such as a large grocery store and hotel, are expected to be announced.

    Among those seriously being courted is Walker, Mich.-based Meijer Inc., which has been exploring conceptual plans for smaller stores to fit in dense urban areas, according to Olympia Development of Michigan executives and other real estate sources."


    So that explains this!






  8. On 2/12/2016 at 8:54 AM, Sparty97 said:

    Speaking of traffic flow.  

    Do we anticipate a new traffic light on Knapp?  Currently, it is a little difficult at times to turn left onto Knapp from D&W.  I can't image what it will be like when that whole area is developed.  I'm imagining something like they have on Knapp for Celebration Cinema/Meijer.  


    Also, it would have been nice if they could have figured out a way to add an entrance from Dunnigan to help alleviate some of that traffic (I think that is the theoretical drive you are talking about behind D).  

    Here's the Goodwill plaza site plan placed into an aerial for further reference.




  9. On 2/13/2016 at 2:10 PM, temporary.name said:

    Dematic has facilities in Germany and Italy. Germany has 29 mandatory PAID days off a year. Italy has 32 mandatory PAID days off a year. The United States has ZERO mandatory paid days off a year. Germany also has paid maternity and paternity leave for parents. The US has zero. Yet, somehow, operations in those countries can be profitable but we're fed the same corporate BS that supposedly "the US is too hard to make money in." Get real. 


    Dematic also operates in a bunch of other countries with very nice employee benefits that are state mandated.





    Anybody who swallows this provably false rhetoric has my sympathies. 

    Sounds like someone else spent the opening day of Where to Invade Next in the theater. Good film.

  10. On 5/3/2015 at 8:18 PM, GRDadof3 said:




    They need to engineer in their access management (connected parking lots) while construction continues; that theoretical drive behind "D" would help traffic flow.


    ETA: Here is an aerial with the Goodwill center parcel

  11. On 1/15/2016 at 2:55 PM, mtburb said:

    This thread was created in April 2006 and nearly ten years later looks like I'm the only one keeping this thread alive. Must've started dying when Fred himself did. XD   ...

    Probably because it's in the Grand Rapids heading. I'm reading your comments, but am skeptical of widespread interest in (for instance) a metro Detroit location changing up its signage palette.


  12. On 11/27/2015, 10:21:53, GRDadof3 said:

    Every time I take bottles and cans back to Meijer there's a big collection of perfectly returnable bottles and cans lined up on the sill, that Meijer won't take because they don't sell that brand. 

    Surprised that homeless people don't do a sweep through there a couple times a day. 


    Riding the bus to Meijer's, $1.75 each way.

    Are there 40 bottles and cans? Where can they be returned? How much of a bus ride would it be to find each unique retailer? Guessing that the unique brands are not across the parking lot from Uncle Fred's.
    (I have a couple of Rite Aid-branded pop bottles lingering, since I don't frequent that brand and I'm not aware of where one would be on my regular errand routes.)

  13. Suggestion on a photo vantage point. (You'd have to leave your four-wheeler.)

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