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  1. GRLaker

    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    Some interesting articles relating to Amazon's throwing a treat into a mob of rabid dogs and watching them rip each other to shreds over it. It leads to a valid question...Have we hit the point where the federal government needs to step in to save cities and states from themselves? Has corporate welfare as an incentive for job creation hit the point where the return to the taxpayer doesn't justify the expense? I wanted GR to get Amazon, but the more I read about this whole process and the economics of landing the headquarters, the more I realize we're probably better off with just a distribution facility. Side Note: This post is not meant to be political. It's meant more for legitimate discussion on the merits of taking steps to limit the constant battling between cities/states. My personal opinion is that a law preventing it might lead to cities/states incentivizing entrepreneurship to lead to new employers popping up as opposed to throwing money at poaching already existing ones in other cities/states.
  2. My initial post was unnecessarily harsh toward Lansing in general and their ability to support it. I edited it immediately after hitting submit, but he was likely responding to that since he responded 2 minutes after I posted it. But the point stands...Lansing may have beaten us to the punch, but the likelihood of them being able to maintain their status is very slim. We may have fallen behind in the sprint, but being successful at this requires you to run a marathon.
  3. The comment on the GR Planning Department is unfortunate. The city should be doing everything possible to encourage growth - not slow it down.
  4. The team they've already had draws like 20 fans. I don't see this team having any better luck.
  5. The bolded is likely correct. Others may disagree, but I have a strong sense that things are starting to slow down after the area's furious growth the last few years - both in real estate throughout the area and commercial growth in the city. As someone said previously, it may take having all of these new units filled for a while before a culture is established that starts to attract a new wave of commercial growth downtown.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    I like it as a separate building. I don’t like it as an extension of CHS. But oh well. I’ll still donate to it.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    This whole thing has become a circus. Literally and figuratively.
  8. GRLaker

    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    It has taken construction crews half a year to redo Cottonwood in Jenison adding a single turn lane and they're still not even close to being done. It is a mile and a half of road. Can you imagine how much time it would take to bring this whole city up to snuff with what the population calls for? With that said...Everything in that list is absolutely needed. Our infrastructure is horrendously out of date when it comes to number of lanes compared to population.
  9. GRLaker

    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I like this idea to stop the d*cks that cut over onto the highway the second the onramp is in the general vicinity of the highway, but it won't stop the cars that cut over into the left lane the second they merge onto the highway.
  10. GRLaker

    People talking about Grand Rapids

    Hopefully we start to see some Austin quality architecture...
  11. GRLaker

    MSU Biomedical Research Campus

    With 20 hospitals between the two, it would easily be the largest healthcare system in Michigan. Also, Sparrow is likely going to merge with someone for financial reasons. This scenario would make the most sense.
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    Lakeshore Projects

    So much potential based on its location on the lake, river, and bridge area with so many limitations placed on it by the sewage treatment plant across the street and Padnos next door.
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    Suburban Projects

    I love downtown Rockford, especially in the fall. But I don't think I would ever risk living around there with everything that has come out about the ground water. It's a shame, because it's a beautiful area.
  14. GRLaker

    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    Engedi Church in Holland has established a Grand Rapids campus in the Wealthy Theatre. Having attended one of the two Holland locations, I'm excited to see a service to community based nondenominational church set up shop in this area.