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  1. My server told me about it last time I was there, she said it was going to be their cafe.
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    Development Projects - Belknap Lookout Area More units, but I'm not a fan of the new look.
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    MSU Biomedical Research Campus - Phase II

    GR should use them to design one of the new riverfront parks.
  4. Looking at streetview, that section of road has been no parking since at least 2007. They're probably planning on opening it up to parking and installed the pay station before removing the parking restrictions.
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    The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail

    Yeah, I don't know how well this works for them in a city like GR. It seems like it has just kind of left all of the large retail space empty.
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    The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail

    When a few companies own all of the large retail spaces, they can set a high price on those space and refuse to rent for less. They would rather wait years for a tenant willing to pay high rent rather than rent it for less which would affect the market value of their other properties.
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    Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place Happy to see this project is still moving forward
  8. Usually I just park on the west side, along or near seward , or in heritage hill and walk in to downtown. But if I'm trying to get closer to where I'm going, then the downtown market has free 30 minute parking, the monroe ramp has free 60 minute parking, there is free street parking towards the south on Commerce, La Grave, and Ionia, and there are quite a few free spaces on State street. I'm not opposed at all to building more parking ramps, however, I also don't mind raising the street parking rates and/or extending their operational hours. I don't think they should blindly extend all of the meters to 8pm and enforce on the weekends. Rather, they should only extend the hours in areas where the parking is consistently full at those times in order to encourage turnover. I also wouldn't mind seeing some 15 or 30 minute parking spaces. If they're going to build more parking ramps, I would love to see area 7(behind the Big Boy) turned into a massive parking ramp that acts as a commuter station with dash busses running out of it frequently.
  9. Madison is pretty similar in size and climate. Parking there is much more limited, meters everywhere, much more expensive, and they charge on Saturdays(but not Sundays). People seem to use parking ramps more or walk further. Honestly, outside of monthly permit parking, GR parking is easy to find, easy to use, and cheap. I never pay for parking and usually walk no more than 4 or 5 blocks to where I'm going. If I were willing to pay, there's always a spot within a couple blocks. I really find it hard to sympathize with people who complain about parking in GR /:
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    This is reminds me of one of my largest road related gripes, Grand Rapids' (and Michigan's) terrible upkeep of road markings. I'd also like to complain about the underuse of reflectors both in the roads and along the sides of roads, they make such a massive difference in nighttime and rainy weather driving.
  11. It charges a small fee to cover the permitting process, it does not pay for the parking spot. And no, I don't think people have the right to park in a public space on the block they live on. From my own experience living in SD, I would usually park within 2 blocks of my apartment, but often had to walk 3+ blocks. I could have rented a space for $250/month, but I chose to take my chances parking on the street or occasionally paying for metered parking when I was feeling lazy.
  12. I don't really believe they should have the expectation of doing that, though. If we want to give them that right, then we should charge them to rent the space.
  13. I really dislike neighborhood permit parking systems. It is essentially privatizing a public resource and subsidizing parking for those who get it.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Being right above a grocery store/pharmacy, it'd be perfect for anyone looking to go car free.
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    New projects on the West Side

    The apartments above Bridge St Market are surprisingly affordable compared to other near downtown developments. The studios start at 900 and the 1 beds start at 1100.