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  1. Not so lucky after all.
  2. So the theater will be the last thing constructed (tower A notwithstanding)?
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    Heritage Hill / Cherry Hill / Wealthy Street Updates

    In the case of a downtown pharmacy like CVS, any ideas on how the breakdown of residents vs. visitors impacts the decision? IE: All the new hotels coming on line plus the potential Devos place hotel could result in a subset of people who may need to pick up various items that they either forgot or need that are part of the typical pharmacy inventory.
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    Gaslight Village

    Is that during the rebuild of the parking ramp at Blodgett or a permanent thing? If they have some guaranteed income from a deal with Spectrum to use the ramp for shuttle parking, it would be easier to implement a pay structure and not worry about a fall off from some punters now avoiding use of the ramp.
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    A recession could be triggered by the fact that the average worker's pay has not grown as quickly as the economy and with the current occupant of the White House being a "tariff man" but clearly not understanding the mechanics of how tariffs actually work, should a trade war ensue and companies become forced into passing along some of the increased costs of importing both raw materials and finished goods, this will drive up prices on a wide variety of items for consumers, construction companies, manufacturers and others. The issue then becomes a decline in sales as customers pull back spending or ballooning debt due to a greater reliance on credit - or worse, a combination of the two. The trick will be managing a potential trade dispute into a modest economic slowdown rather than a full on recession. So if you are a betting person, it comes down to your confidence that the clown car currently driving around Washington D.C. has the acumen to pull off such a feat. Or, things may just work out fine and in the spirit of camaraderie and cooperation, the United States could look to lead with policies that advance the interests of all involved and economic stability is achieved for the foreseeable future.
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    Holland Home - Fulton St.

    If the economy takes a nose dive in the coming year as some are predicting, this could become a whole lot less temporary.
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    Change "fries" to a verb and that sign becomes a supportive warning for that rehab facility.
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    Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    It will be time to retake the city's glamour shot from further upriver since the current standard photo opp is always the Amway, the JW and the Courtyard/Plaza Apartments.
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    Heritage Hill / Cherry Hill / Wealthy Street Updates

    There was always the Dutch Big Boy otherwise known as Russ'.
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    Burton Heights

    Love the rose windows.
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    Hey, what's that?

    I would love to see photos of that time capsule. I'm guessing that's not in the cards though.
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    The Grand River?! You mean GR has a River?

    Bierstad Plaatz
  13. It's kind of bummer to hear things like this while Dan Gilbert's project in Detroit just keeps getting bigger -
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    Even where there's a left turn arrow, my favorite is the driver who sits in line through several cycles of the light then, when they are first in line, still seems surprised when the light changes and gives them the green arrow - as if it is some random occurrence and the green arrow just appeared randomly. Also, thank you for the clarification on the bus lane. I don't drive that stretch of Division often enough so when I do I've been perplexed by the situation.
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    If I might chime in, that lane says "buses only" and yet I see cars driving in it all the time. It doesn't seem like people have much respect for the concept.