demhem

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  1. Staybridge Suites announced for west side

    Has anyone else noticed that the Staybridge building placement is essentially a mirror image of the Woda building?
  2. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    I've routinely snagged flights out of GRR that are cheaper than or equivalent to DTW and ORD. Timing helps typically, but on one occasion my flight out of GRR was $200 cheaper (on United through Chicago with final destination at SFO). Even my international flight to Frankfurt through Washington-Dulles was within $50 of a similar flight out of DTW. I've paid an arm and a leg for last-minute flights out of GRR as well, but that is typical of any airport.
  3. New projects on the West Side

    It almost looks like throwback brutalist architecture. Is that facade concrete?
  4. This I agree with. Some of the acceleration and deceleration lanes, particularly downtown, are incredibly short.
  5. Can we please not do this? This is the definition of disparaging and beneath the conduct of a Mod, IMO.
  6. Just a reminder. Increasing and expanding lanes does not necessarily solve or mitigate traffic issues. This is older thinking and has been challenged by the idea of "induced demand" or "induced traffic."
  7. Founders Brewing Company Expansions

    Now that I've said that, I wonder if the plan is to build on their existing lot once the proposed lot is built. It would make more sense as it is located adjacent to their existing brewing operation.
  8. Founders Brewing Company Expansions

    There has not been a single time that I have had difficulty parking within a block or two of founders for free and I go there almost weekly. If their lot is full, I take one lap around the block and the lot either opens up or there is a street space. I hope that this is more of a land banking strategy and not a long-term parking solution.
  9. New projects on the West Side

    If you zoom in on sheet A101 near the center of the building it says "North Peak Brewing."
  10. RFP - 201 Market

    This project is adjacent to the Roosevelt Park neighborhood which contains the largest Hispanic and Latino population in Grand Rapids. Including the Hispanic Center in the discussion was a good strategic decision IMO.
  11. RFP - 201 Market

    Please tell me that this comment was a mistake and that you jumped to conclusions in frustration. Walkable urban areas (particularly fringe downtown areas) provide immediate access to employment and transit so that one does not have to own a vehicle (especially when they can't afford one). Also, do the human beings that work cleaning the hotels, cooking in the kitchens, and vacuuming the offices not deserve to live NEAR where they work? This is a well-documented issue in many cities. Those who work the minimum wage jobs in our downtowns must commute hours in some circumstances because they cannot afford to live anywhere near their place of employment. It's not like the entire project will be affordable housing; that lesson was learned long ago. IMO, we don't have enough details to sufficiently critique it, nor do we have the details regarding what they consider "mixed-income" as that could mean a variety of approaches.
  12. New projects on the West Side

    Although this is small scale, it looks like someone is renovating the interior of 812 Butterworth SW. There are now two logos on the windows that say "Grain Sandwich Shop" and I believe "Westside Massage" opening soon. Anyone have any additional details?
  13. Redevelopment along 28th Street

    Those "faux historic street lights" are pedestrian-scale lights which direct light closer to the sidewalk instead of the gooseneck lights which look like garbage, are intended for cars, and are typically terrible for improving safety and visibility for the pedestrian. However, in the picture above it looks silly as those are not adjacent to a pedestrian facility. In Allendale, those lights were installed with the intent of improving walkability and safety off-campus (and along M45) as they were installed behind the sidewalk and largely direct light straight down onto the sidewalk. The sidewalk, lighting, boulevard, and landscape project was paid for by MDOT and likely had little to do with GVSU "trying to look like a historic university." Those lights are just good design in a good application, IMO. What would you have them install instead?
  14. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    You could say this about almost any neighborhood in the City. Maybe I'm biased, but as a neighbor of the Zoo I disagree with you once more. My house, as well as most of the houses around me are in exceptional condition for their age. Most are owner-occupied and most are very well kept. There are outliers, but this was the case in every older urban neighborhood I've lived in (Heritage Hill, Eastown, and Heartside). There is no evidence of my neighborhood "heading towards this end." Where do you live?
  15. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    The irony in that is that I've heard the leadership at Habitat say the exact same thing about private developers and landowners. It seems that everyone is having the same issue in acquiring land. Do we have any small-scale developers on this forum that could shed light on the small infill topic? Difficulties?