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  1. Things are pretty crazy down there. I trained at the Walgreens in Byron Center and the patient population is exploding. Lots of people coming through the drive thru in black Yukons. It's all a bunch of suburban garbage to me, but I can tell that's where the "money" is. Plus, the high school is completing a multi million dollar addition/renovation and it seems like a new strip mall pops up daily at the 84th street exit. It's definitely the latest expansion of GR's sprawl, that's for sure. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  2. Nice to see this project moving along, even if it is rather uninspiring. https://www.woodtv.com/news/kent-county/apartment-complex-to-redevelop-former-studio-28/amp/?__twitter_impression=true HŌM Flats at 28 West Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  3. I think that about sums it up. My wife and I went hiking at Seidman Park this past summer and stopped in Ada for ice cream on the way back. The newness and the all-at-once development kinda creeped me out. However, It seemed pleasant and quaint and village-ey enough, and I'm glad it's there to provide a number of small-town food and shopping attractions. I kinda just lump it in with all the other massive urban-suburban town center-type projects that are proposed or happening across the country. They all make me go, "meh." Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  4. If the Renaissance Center can have a CVS (which must be supported entirely by office workers, because it's not really evident for hotel guests in that maze of a building), I'd think we could have one downtown. I'm not hopeful for one anytime soon, however. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  5. I remember reading an article similar to this one a while back. It looks like Amazon is just working to expand its delivery empire without having to be directly involved in the delivery business. https://www.fastcompany.com/40590799/amazon-wants-hundreds-of-startups-to-help-deliver-its-packages And who needs vans when we can **bring on the drones** [emoji38] Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  6. I wonder if the parking spaces were part of a business plan for it to service more outside patients, but the volume from discharge meds and staff fills proved to be enough for the pharmacy. I'm curious to hear about the signage, at any rate. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  7. I definitely see your point on the last mile issue. There are big employment centers in every corner of the metro. I do think people will undertake the process you've described above *if driving is inconvenient enough.* As long as we can find a way to put money into transit as the city/řegion continues to grow, it will work. Hell, look at the West Michigan Express. That project has generated a lot of interest from people who I thought would never want to do anything but drive. A big issue I have with adding more lanes (besides those I've already voiced) is this: I've only been here for a couple years, but I've been here long enough to drive all around the metro at all times of day, and outside of rush hour (which *has* gotten longer) the traffic is not bad. Even during rush hour, it's busy, but not soul-crushing, and what we're left with outside of rush hour are these big, empty roads that aren't serving any purpose other than taking up space. We've been trying this approach since the 50s. There has to be a better way, right? Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  8. I've talked about this on some part of this forum before. I agree that we could use a pharmacy in downtown proper. Absolutely. However, there is the Meijer in Spectrum (as mentioned) and there is also the Wege Pharmacy in the office building at 300/310 Lafayette behind MHSM. There is a Walgreens on Michigan just east of College, but it isn't your typical retail establishment and services mostly specialty medications (read: expensive). My dream would be to see/work in an urban Walgreens/CVS a la Chicago, but alas, it needs the foot traffic. Drive thrus suck. Also... Why is it bad that Walgreens closes for lunch? The alternative (which is still the case in most all pharmacies) is that pharmacists work their *entire shift* with no break or lunch. At all. These are the people evaluating and verifying the appropriateness and accuracy of your prescription medications. We deserve to close during the day because most of the time there is only one pharmacist on duty. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  9. The last thing we need to do is add more highway miles to a system we already can't pay for. I don't think this line of thought is too progressive... Why not invest all that money we'd spend building roads into transit services that could get people from Rockford, Cedar Springs, even up to the county line to downtown without adding to traffic congestion? If we continue to rely on cars, it's an unsolvable problem. Knowing MDOT, though, y'all will get your wish eventually. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  10. Well of course! I was just coming at it from "which of the two would I prefer" thinking. I think Grand Rapids does do a good job of having a unique skyline and attracting tourists. Any time I talk to people who live on the east side they always have a story about themselves or someone they know coming to visit. Also, to support my love of our skyline: when I was going to school in Big Rapids I would make a point of taking 131/196 through town instead of 96 on my way back and forth from Flint just to see the skyline. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  11. These places also tend to be soulless tourist traps with no culture. I'll take a modest skyline over hotel high rises. Hell, I'd take a city of 4-6 story buildings as long as it had all the amenities spread out in a walkable fashion. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  12. "Modifications include changing the striping configuration to create one travel lane in either direction and a center left-turn lane, plus a parking lane on the south side of the road." As someone who has crossed Michigan at Grand many times, this diet will be very welcome to all in the area. Drivers are constantly flying through there and weaving around others turning left. The article states that the diet was planned for "this spring" (2019), so I don't know what the holdup is... https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/gr-planners-to-implement-road-diet-along-michigan Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  13. You can say that again! I keep trying to figure how long I'll have to rent for before I can muster up enough for a house in decent shape in a walkable neighborhood (nothing else will do). It's a double edged sword for me, though... West Michigan is NOT good for pharmacist jobs right now. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
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