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  1. I was listening to an interview with the author of this book, Sam Quinones. He talks about how the introduction of Fentanyl and Synthetic Meth has both increased the homeless population and changed the demeanor of the average un-housed person. He spoke to a former meth user who said traditional meth made him want to party, while the new stuff made him aggressive and paranoid. On the other side, social workers have found it nearly impossible to get users of synthetic meth into shelters. They are paranoid that their tents will be robbed, or just don't trust the shelters. All that to say, all around the country un-housed populations are growing in number and becoming more aggressive/ harder for cities to deal with. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/27/1049546365/quinones-book-the-least-of-us-sheds-light-on-the-dangers-of-fentanyl
  2. Wasn't terrible, but not up to their standard in my opinion. With the pending recession, maybe isn't a bad time to drop their lowest performing restaurant and focus on the other 3.
  3. At the airport today and decided to snap a few pics. Tried to get an angle showing how much they are expanding the width as well as the length.
  4. UICA and KCAD merged about 9 years ago. https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/archive/2013/august/uica.htm
  5. Terrible name. The opposite of rolling off the tongue.
  6. https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/nagoya-to-replace-osteria-rossa-in-grand-rapids/amp/ Haven't been to their spot on 28th Street yet, but I'll have to check it out soon.
  7. I had never been to that place until a couple weeks ago we went after a wedding downtown. Didn't realize how clubby it was. It was raging until 2am and there were like 100 people out on the street either trying to get in or in various states of drunkenness trying to get home lol.
  8. I don't get the feeling it'll be anywhere near the level of Mertens in terms of price or how much French influence it has. They use terms like "American/French flavor" and "a little-higher end." I'm thinking it'll be a step above maybe like Winchester level food. I could be wrong, but it seems like they just want to differentiate themselves from the old Gardellas menu.
  9. Do you think it is just a correction for artificially low interest rates, or something else? I'm very far from proficient in economics, so I really don't know.
  10. Not exactly new info on the concept, but it sounds like the restaurant replacing Gardellas is moving forward. https://www.wzzm13.com/amp/article/news/local/grand-rapids-central/former-j-gardellas-building-to-be-a-new-french-style-restaurant-parts-of-bar-sold-to-movie-set/69-c7b7e5b3-2d77-40ca-ad98-9ac4ab15cfce
  11. https://www.visualcapitalist.com/biggest-tech-talent-hubs-in-us-and-canada/ Looks like we have a ways to go...
  12. Do you mean the land that they are considering or Big Rapids in general? Muskegon is closer by both distance and travel time than Big Rapids.
  13. Cheap land and willing to hand out massive tax breaks.
  14. You can beat almost any paywall by copying and pasting the url into the site below. https://archive.ph
  15. Yeah I'm glad they are including plans for residential but not surprised. After what Flaherty and Collins had proposed, it would have seemed like a waste to not include something extra beyond just an amphitheater.
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