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  1. As someone who went to pretty much all the GRFC games, housmane was full for the first 2 season, by the end we were lucky to get more than 2k people. I think a big stadium for USL will be overkill and kill any sort of atmosphere. I'd rather we sell out every game than have 10k empty seats
  2. More than likely USL Championship which is a step below MLS. I don't think Grand Rapids is big enough to sustain an MLS team, not to mention there are so many other cities on the radar before we are even considered.
  3. I like the development, I just hope the city plan ahead. They should look into turning summer ave and winter ave, just south of bridge st into pedestrian only streets. It would help with the flow of people from bridge street walking to the stadium and hopefully encourage more pedestrian friendly development in that area.
  4. Its actually the remain of a skywalk that was taken down not too long ago. From my understanding it had not been used in years.
  5. Looks like they just painted a crosswalk at the Michigan and Grand intersection, hopefully this is a sign that the road diet is starting soon.
  6. Is it common for most biotech accelerator/ innovation hub to be close to city centers? I would imagine a lot of them are on the outskirts of major cities in campus like developments.
  7. A lot of administrative staff live in Grand Rapids neighborhoods close to downtown. This will be a big transition for them.
  8. I think the amount of traffic on Michigan Street is going to be a big incentive to keep staff off-site and shuttling in. The area can not support more cars, the new parking structure is needed for patients not staff.
  9. I can assure you all SH employees are out and about for lunch. The ones that stay in the hospitals are more likely on the clinical side and on a time crunch. The jobs moving to Leffingwell are higher up and come with a level of flexibility. It will be a big adjustment for employees at Brassworks, Bridgwater and anyone else in located close to downtown.
  10. This is actually a bigger issue than people think, and has definitely been talked about by people I know that will have to make the move.
  11. Wish they tried to find some land downtown for this new building. But it seems SH is on a big cost cutting mission.
  12. As it is a lot of admin space is being consolidated and medical serives are expanding into those sites. Idk how much say the city has but im intrigued to know their side. Definitely interesting if this is true.
  13. Off topic but I play in a neighborhood soccer league and our midtown team is called FC Brickyaat.
  14. A pedestrian crosswalk at Grand is needed and will definitely do well to slow down the traffic. The traffic from cars going west on Michigan turning north on College backs up to Union on a regular basis. I wonder what impact a road diet will have on this.
  15. I've always hoped that they would add cycle lanes to Michigan Street, and this seems like the perfect time. I did realize that there is no line painted along most of this stretch of road and most people drive in the middle anyways right now.
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