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  1. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    To be clear - I'm not leaving. I just don't blame anyone that does. Not everyone has that stick it out and fight for what you want your city/state to become mentality.
  2. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    While Grand Rapids has been the lone shining star for Michigan, its success has been tame in comparison to other cities that have made the cut. Charlotte, Raleigh, Nashville, Tampa, Austin, etc. are all mid-size cities turned thriving metropolis' in the last couple decades. Grand Rapids is just now recovering to what it once was population-wise before the recession. I also agree that Lansing is broken. As much as we pay in taxes for income, sales, gas, internet sales, property, etc., our return on investment is minimal. Our roads and bridges are horrible, our cities are falling apart (short of Grand Rapids), large mainstay companies continue to leave, and our population has a general level of disdain for any concept of transportation that hauls more than 5 people. Plus, the lake effect snow in this area is garbage. I love Grand Rapids and northern Michigan, but I don't blame anyone for leaving for the other promising cities popping up across the country.
  3. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    While I don't think this is the place for politics - I agree with all of the above minus the desire to not have a car. I enjoy driving too much to miss out on that experience.
  4. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    To add to all of those...We're also only half the size of the majority in that list. 50,000 cubicles is a lot of seats to fill. They're more likely to be able to meet the demand. Austin Metro: 2.06 million Columbus Metro: 2.02 million Indianapolis Metro: 2 million Nashville Metro: 1.83 million Raleigh-Durham Metro: 2.04 million Grand Rapids Metro: 1.04 million
  5. Grandville Castle Apartments

    Ultimately, I don't see it failing either. However, at this rate, I could see the developer going under and having someone else pick it up and finish it down the road. I'd hate to see it empty during that transition though. So I hope it doesn't fail for any period of time. As for looks, size, and traffic...Definitely legitimate concerns. I just wish the city would have consulted its residents on a project of this scale.
  6. Grandville Castle Apartments

    Speaking as someone from Grandville whose immediate and extended family and friends still live there - there is definitely a level of frustration with the city leaders for allowing this project. The overall sentiment is that it's ugly, it's huge, it will likely fail, and if it doesn't fail, the traffic from it will be obscene in an already congested intersection.
  7. Grandville Castle Apartments

    As much as I hate opening things up to the community for input - something like this would be an exception for me due to the scale of the project and its obvious uniqueness that doesn't match up with the city it's in whatsoever. Grandville made a mistake in not allowing for community input. Instead, it was rushed through a vote immediately after getting fire department approval. With that said...It's being built. There's no going back now. We might as well hope for its success. If it fails, we're stuck with an empty, ugly monstrosity dragging down the area rather than a filled, ugly monstrosity that will likely contribute to the city economy in a positive way.
  8. Grandville Castle Apartments

    Same for all of the above. I don't wish for any failure of anything in my hometown. But all signs are pointing to failure at this rate. I hope a miracle happens and that I turn out to be completely wrong.
  9. Grandville Castle Apartments

    This is going to turn out like Metro Health - Sit vacant and unfinished for half a decade until the funds needed to finish it materialize. Fitting, considering the castle it's modeled after was never finished. Grandville should have never approved the construction of this thing - or at least on this scale.
  10. New projects on the West Side

    I'm just glad they're not $1,100-1,200. $996 for downtown is a step in the right direction. I pay $870 for my one bedroom suburban apartment. Around $900 seems to be common for anything worth living in.
  11. Predictions for the coming year

    A new hospital on Medical Mile?
  12. Mangiamo/Paddock Place Residential Development

    Exactly why such small scale projects shouldn't have community input. If you're not going to actually educate yourself on the topic before shooting it down, then you have no right to tell someone what they can or can not do with their small piece of land. The uproar that this caused was on a scale like the Grandville castle was about to be built on that lot. We're talking about a crack and pothole filled parking lot being replaced by stand-alone townhomes. That's it. Nothing else would have been touched. Now here we stand with a plan that adds zero population or value to the area - kind of like the Dollar General.
  13. Wealthy Street Needed Renovations

    What happened to the Fox Naturals post? I'm assuming they posted pictures of the new store?
  14. New projects on the West Side

    I'm no fan of metal high rises, but panels hold up as well as the quality of their installation and upkeep. Metro Park Apartments are income restricted, which generally don't stand the test of time in the upkeep department. With that said...I agree that metal paneling is way over-used in this city. Just an example of how much the developers in this area love value engineering promising projects into mediocrity.
  15. I like everything but that new tower rendering. That is gross. I can only hope that it's just a rough design and not what ends up materializing.