GRDadof3

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GRDadof3 last won the day on September 13 2013

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  1. GRDadof3

    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    I checked out that companies website and FB page and didn't see anything either.
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    Do they show a plan on the sign? Or anyone seen one?
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    Weed

    There's a lot of empty retail space in all of these apartment projects scattered around the city, looking to be filled up.
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    Heritage Hill / Cherry Hill / Wealthy Street Updates

    That church has been for sale for a couple of years I believe? Not too bad of a price but to turn it into something like residential would be pricey. https://mls.carwm.com/listing/30181466/200-Madison-Ave-SE-Grand-Rapids-MI-49503
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    Suburban Projects

    Wow! I think it's pretty impressive that both apartment complexes are 94%+ occupancy. https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/nyc-investor-pays-215-3-million-for-ramblewood-woodlake-apartment-complexes?fbclid=IwAR3I7TtaaJdULLnlTnkaIkoJQANAF2V8RJqvQyy98BYyS2B5owPyCRQRwkA
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    Even the manufacturer calls them "Garden Igloos." Any way, carry on with your white selves.
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    I've been wanting to check out this Outside Coffee Company on Wealthy because of their cool igloos, and now I'm not so sure. https://www.facebook.com/OutsideCoffeeCo/photos/a.185564755390365/298926134054226/?type=3&theater
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    Weed

    I've learned to accept the role as "that guy." I'm also the one that everyone sends to be first in the buffet line too. In other news, the Mayor of Hudsonville is pretty incensed about marijuana and is telling everyone to use it in their basements (he doesn't want to see it or smell it): https://www.woodtv.com/marijuana-in-mi/w-mi-communities-saying-no-to-legal-weed-sales/1602800894
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    Weed

    Right and you can still buy it elsewhere and use it in those communities. Like booze. They'll be slow to come around. #puritansbepuritaning And I agree. Just like it's not cool to slug a fifth of vodka in a public park or on a city sidewalk, the same modicum of behavior should come with using cannibas. But I know from being in Colorado recently you will smell it more. People will be smoking on their patios. Kind of like the way you can tell how drunk your neighbors are by how loud their voices and their music gets.
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    Weed

    Anything related to Michigan's and the city's passage of recreational marijuana use can go here. Saw this article the other day how it's affecting city planners already, just from the city's passing of their ordinance this summer: https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/grand-rapids-preparing-for-marijuana-boom/1597541205 The equivalent of two or three full-time staff members are now dedicated to medical marijuana development, including Grand Rapids Senior Planner Landon Bartley. "We've heard 'green rush.' There are all kinds of puns" about the anticipated profit, he said. #weedcityUSA
  11. GRDadof3

    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    Sure, I thought about that the other day.
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    UM economists: Michigan job growth enters longest period since WWII Breana Noble, The Detroit NewsPublished 9:30 a.m. ET Nov. 16, 2018 | Updated 11:21 p.m. ET Nov. 16, 2018 (Photo: Elise Amendola / AP file) Michigan soon could enter the longest period of job growth since the World War II era, according to economists from the University of Michigan. "The state has reversed the brain drain seen in the years leading up to the Great Recession when college graduates fled the state for jobs elsewhere. From 2010 to 2017, Michigan saw a 29-percent rise in the number of college-educated 25-to-34-year-olds. Thirteen of the 16 largest cities in the state, especially Detroit and Grand Rapids, are outgrowing the national average rate for young adults with at least a bachelor's degree." https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2018/11/16/university-michigan-economy-michigan-job-growth-record-forecast/2013974002/
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    Grand Rapids Then and Now

    Seeing pictures of it refurbished it looks way smaller than I expected. And they've made it into a Polar Express theme (not sure if the face was lost at some point). The kids in the train don't really look like they're having fun. They all look a bit... nervous. https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/11/herpolsheimers_iconic_monorail.html
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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    These 2 buildings do certainly make downtown feel more dense. I was struck by that today driving around dt.
  15. GRDadof3

    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    I think you're right. There were probably people who said "we're incentivizing developments with tax credits, which are in turn pushing up rents forcing people out." At first glance it seems like the city is "culpable" in this. But that's a very rudimentary understanding of development work. And correlation does not equal causation. But to beerqueer's point, the GRCF has quantified the exact number of families displaced in the Challenge Scholars program, and what the rent increases have been. The only project that article mentions is Belknap. I'm hard pressed to think of another one that would qualify.