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    Van Andel Arena Expansion?

    There really isn’t a great option or even an adequate one for the Grand Rapids area to have a higher class minor league than Single A ball. While the GR area could support at least a double AA team, the logistics don’t make sense. Single A Advanced teams are in Florida, The Southeast and California. There aren’t any AA teams in the Midwest besides Akron and the next closest being the Tigers AA team in Erie,PA. Both of those teams play most of there games in northeastern cities like Hartford and Manchester, NH. A AAA team is feasible but I think this area and team management like having the affiliation with the Detroit Tigers. It helps attract WhiteCap attendance especially when top Tiger prospects play in West Michigan or a Tiger makes a rehab start in West Michigan. There’s almost zero chance the Toledo Mud Huns leave their downtown ballpark and come here. Plus West Michigan would have to fund a new downtown stadium to be an attractive option for another AAA team and it’s affiliate considering most if not all new AAA parks are built downtown ie Charlotte and Nashville. I honestly believe Single A works in West Michigan really well. They have great attendance, local rivalries with Lansing and South Bend and most importantly the Tigers affiliation. Just my two cents
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I don’t know if this was already mentioned earlier in the chat, but does anyone have any insight into why 131 was built as a raised highway and not built below ground level? Especially south of downtown, building below ground would have seemed to make way more sense and more appropriate for the density in that part of GR.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    I can never understand why they build parking ramps in West Michigan without a roof on the top level especially for a buildings downtown. The airport got it right and added a roof thankfully.
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    RFP - 201 Market

    I agree with the posts above, reminds me of a suburban corporate campus rather than a well designed development in a prime location. If anyone wants to check out any interesting ideas for large scale developments, http://www.urby.com. They have been really well received in the NYC Metro area.
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    Mangiamo/Paddock Place Residential Development

    I've lurked for about year and have enjoyed seeing the discourse between members. A community only gets better with active discussion on growth and innovation. Although I don't live in Grand Rapids currently, as a former citizen it's great to see how much more progressive GR has become over the years. I'm a big advocate for most types of urban infill especially bringing value to certain sections of GR that have had their market devalued in the last 50 years or so. I can't really comment on the Mangiamo development, but I will say that breaking that lot up into townhouses can only be a positive. It just needs to be done in good taste and with quality in mind. AG3, I commend you for building those Brownstones in the Belknap area. Driving by them within the last year, it felt as if I was in a larger city. It looks like they were built with quality. If I planned on moving back to the area, I would seriously considered moving to Belknap due to the close proximity to downtown and the current projects being built there. 5 years ago I wouldn't have even considered it. I do look forward to posting in the future. Thanks for keeping me up to date from the northeast.