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  1. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    We just traveled to Florida over Christmas and saved $300/ticket by flying out of Detroit vs GRR, for 5 of us. And we booked WAY in advance, back in August 2017. That was well worth it to make the drive (in a snowstorm), and pay $89 for the hotel the night before our flight, which also included free long-term parking for the 8 days we were gone (Park-N-Fly) and free shuttle from the long-term lot to the airport. If you travel by yourself or as a couple and the savings is only $200 - or $300, I can see not bothering to make the long drives to ORD or DTW. If you're driving that far to save $50, you're just crazy. In fact, I need to book a flight for the 5 of us to go to Denver in early June, so I'll do some research and report back the differences in pricing between the 3 (ORD, DTW, GRR). There ya go: Most of the ORD and DTW are non-stop, no layovers... Parking is about $9/day at ORD and DTW, which we'd pay at GRR anyway... $150 x 5 = $750 in savings... 3 hour drive there 3 hour drive back (which the drive back sucks)
  2. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Yeah, the center part definitely has a mall with stores like Brooks Brothers, etc.. Reminded me of Baltimore's airport? They were expanding too, and adding a massive control tower that looks like the one at O'Hare. But we were there on layover, probably like a lot of people there. Frankly I hate airports so anything they can do to make them nicer and more user-friendly is a win in my book.
  3. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Sometimes if you change web browsers it will work.
  4. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    I think as long as you're willing to go through security, you can go into the new atrium area where the brewpub is. I think Bell's bailed? It's a Founders mini pub now. I've been through a lot of airports recently and I was blown away by CLT (Charlotte NC's) airport. Their metro is only twice GR's but their airport is at least 10x bigger. They are an American Airlines hub so that plays a big part in that. https://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_01_44.html
  5. Creston Neighborhood

    The "reimagined" 616 Development is working on a couple of new projects. One of them is supposed to be made public soon apparently. They sold off all of the apartment management arm to an out-of-the-area company, to go back to focusing on development.
  6. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    I agree, albeit a little bit less harshly. Life is too short to live someplace that makes you unhappy. But I think a lot of people find out that it's not the geography that is making them unhappy. When the recession hit here hard in the 2007 - 2009 period, we knew quite a few people who moved South (a lot of construction, engineering, architect folk). Just about all of them have moved back, except one couple (who was originally from NC where their family was).
  7. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    Just caught this, and mjlo touched on it. That statement is completely untrue. A lot of people don't like MSA population data because it seems to change every decade, but if you just look at Kent County which hasn't changed boundaries since 1831, since 2006 just before the recession, to today, it has gained about 47,000 people, about an 8% gain. (595,000 - 642,000). 238 regions submitted proposals to Amazon and 20 made the cut for the next round. Maybe GR was #21..
  8. New projects on the West Side

    That's cool. I've driven by that building on the far right probably a billion times and thought it'd be a cool renovation project.
  9. Suburban Projects

    Oh yeah, and when a new Hopcat gets announced (in some pretty big cities), people go nuts on social media in that area about it. Absolutely nuts. I know their PR guy. Some of you might know him too... When he posts about a new opening it's pretty crazy the response.
  10. Suburban Projects

    There's a rumor that Hopcat is taking over the Fajita Republic at Celebration Village. That would be pretty cool if true. Trying to verify validity...
  11. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    I'm staying GRJohn. The grass is always greener elsewhere. And Northern Virginia where Amazon will probably end up is one of the most expensive in the country for housing. And the commute times are horrendous, even with transit aplenty. Grand Rapids is what it is and there are thousands of people flocking here every year, and/or staying here after college graduation. It doesn't appeal to everyone, and really shouldn't try.
  12. Suburban Projects

    Make hay while the sun shines!!! Actually the rendering on the sign shows a nondescript two-story boxy mixed-use building with a clock tower on the corner. Built "almost" to Chicago Drive but with a plaza out in front?
  13. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    My money is on Northern Virginia, by a landslide. I didn't really know they were in the running but it's a no brainer. I can't think of one single box it doesn't check off for what Amazon would be looking for. About 6 million people in the entire greater metro and some of the most highly educated people on the planet. Transit, rail, airports (if you include Baltimore), international workforce, colleges, R&D folks up the ying yang, amenities galore, tech infrastructure galore (huge data center campuses), government lobbying, warm climate for 8 months, lots of room to grow...
  14. Grandville Castle Apartments

    Seriously Alpine is the worst. It actually makes me angry when I have to drive on it. I'm embarrassed that we even have Alpine Avenue, and I know a ton of people who also hate Alpine. I sincerely hope it all fails.
  15. Grandville Castle Apartments

    Yes, I am completely trolling the haters because it's funny. I hate the Alpine Target store. God it drives me crazy how much I hate it, and I now have to live with it. I also hate the Super Walmart on Alpine. In fact, I hate Alpine with a white hot firey passion. I can't even get over how much I hate it. And I'm only 20 minutes away and I have to live with it. My life is in ruins.