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  1. There's actually been a decent amount of Rochester-to-Grand Rapids migration the past decade. I personally know about a dozen or so. There's one college/university in the area that's responsible for the majority. Now getting the Western New Yorkers to root for the Lions or Tigers is a whole different beast. Those sports allegiances die hard...
  2. Technically, M-37 doesn't pass through Gaines Township (NE boundary is 60th and Patterson). So, is this an expansion of the infrastructure around M-37 & M-6 for the new industrial/warehouse growth occurring around that area? Some additional lanes for 60th, 68th, Patterson, could be useful. M-6 clogs every afternoon at the M-37 interchange, so there is some opportunity there, too. If money or time or forward thinking weren't issues, I would suggest quite a few highway expansions: Re-build and expand I-196 from the Beltline to Hudsonville (I know I-196 is getting rebuilt from Grandville to Hudsonville right now, but why not add an additional lane for future growth in Ottawa County)? Expand I-96 from 28th Street to I-196 exit? Expand US-131 from I-96 to 10 Mile Rd? Shoot, why let Wilson become the "West Beltline"? The East Beltline is a mess during rush hours. Why not make it a limited access freeway connecting 28th Street @ I-196 to I-96? And lest we get too crazy with adding only highway lane miles, why not keep moving forward with the commuter rail option from Holland to downtown GR?
  3. https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/01/see-which-roads-in-your-area-gov-whitmers-borrowing-plan-would-fix.html Mlive did an article about this a couple of weeks ago. Only widening project I saw was M-37 (Broadmoor/Beltline Ave) from 76th to 92nd Streets in Caledonia. Very much needed widening project. Of course, that's not until 2024.
  4. Not just lately.... Neither political party is particularly interested in balancing the budget or reducing the debt.
  5. I think what tends to happen in situations like this is stagnation for Founders in GR. Instead of seeing growth for Founders GR operations, instead you see further growth opportunities move elsewhere. Let's say Founders needs to expand capacity in 2022 (hypothetically). Before this, it probably would have involved purchasing or building in GR. Now, new operations may crop up somewhere else in the country. The corporate PR machine will say that opening a plant in Texas helps cater to the large population there, that this isn't replacing GR operations, this is a good thing for Founders, etc. Then, in 2025, a bottling line is shifted from GR to Texas. This continues until not much is left in GR. I hope I'm wrong. But there are innumerable examples of this occurring in many industries across the country. Time will tell, but while it may be a positive for Founders and their investors, it probably won't be the optimal development for GR and West Michigan. The other problem is that profits won't be filtering into GR. Profits go to the corporate headquarters and philanthropy, investment, etc. stay there and not in GR.
  6. Does anybody know how well this building is leasing? I drove by Sunday for the first time in months, and it looked like there were quite a few cars parked outside.
  7. My critiques tend to be related to the following: 1) When MDOT repairs a road, they tend not to future proof it. Examples being the twin I-196 projects in GR and Hudsonville. If you're going to take the time and money to do a major rebuild/reconstruct, why not prepare for future growth, too? MDOT seems to do projects for the present, or even for the traffic levels of 5-10 years ago. 2) Too often, I hear that Michigan roads are poor due to the weather conditions. Having grown up in an area of the country with twice the snow and similar temperatures, you can plow and salt the roads, and repair potholes. Somehow, Michigan hasn't looked to other states in the Northeast and Midwest to figure out what they already know about dealing with snow and freeze/thaw. Taxes and fees (also taxes) can be slushed around and make it difficult to tell state vs. state who is investing more or less in infrastructure. I don't know truly where Michigan stands, but I do know that Michigan taxes are not so low that under-investment can be the sole explanation for Michigan's infrastructure. I have to think that poor management, bad decision making, and poor engineering (see M-6 west of 131) have contributed collectively to the state of the roads.
  8. I know Mdot isn't forward-thinking, but this is a stretch of highway that should be EXPANDED while it is reconstructed. The GR-Holland corridor isn't going to stop growing, so why not move the area around M-6 to 3 lanes in each direction now? Oh, yeah, because the gas tax isn't high enough yet...
  9. A couple of things I find interesting in this photo: 1) In addition to US-131 not being put in yet, I-196 is also not under construction yet. 2) At the very top of the photo, you can see the GR & Eastern Rail bridge and the Ann Street bridge. Beyond (north) of that, there is very little. Alpine certainly hadn't developed into what it is today, and there isn't the growth that is currently on both sides of the river. Essentially, northern city sprawl ended at Ann Street.
  10. I'm not intending to start a debate on the merits for or against the additional gas tax, but I'm curious about the quote below: would this help or hurt the GR area in getting more road attention? Would this help GR get some of the highway upgrades that I believe are necessary (3rd lane on I-96 between I-196 and 28th Street, 3rd lane on US-131 N of West River, 2nd lane on M-37 through Caledonia, etc.)? Or does this mean more money funneled towards Metro Detroit, at the expense of GR? "The new revenue would be targeted to the most heavily traveled and "economically significant" roads rather than be divided under a current formula that critics say favors rural areas." https://www.woodtv.com/news/michigan/a-breakdown-of-gov-whitmer-s-budget-plan/1829151276
  11. I agree with the above comments that this is a waste of time and money. If it was my money to spend, I would use the $1,000,000 towards further growth and redevelopment in Burton Heights. That neighborhood seems to be benefiting from increased development recently, and returning it to a desirable neighborhood would go a long way towards improving the Silver Line. I think the Laker Line will do much better, with proven destinations at both ends of the line.
  12. This article doesn't really spell it out, but I would prefer that any legislative fix (ie, tax hike), means that all gas tax money goes towards infrastructure. Michigan already has one of the highest gas taxes in the country, because so much of that money gets diverted elsewhere. If that also means an income tax hike, so be it, but a consumption tax should go towards said consumption.
  13. I used to live close to Millennium Park, and I have spent many weekend afternoons biking, walking, or running the trails in the Park. It is a huge park, and the size allows a lot of people to recreate in their own space. That's fairly unique for a park that is that close to an urban area. Additionally, to see the reclamation of past industrial space to a wild, open park is very neat. Personally, I wouldn't want to see an amphitheater placed anywhere in the Park (and from the initial picture, it looks like the proposed location is south of Butterworth in the park boundaries). Nor would I like to see a soccer stadium, or any other use besides forever wild space. Aren't there plenty of open spaces around the GR Metro that could be used for an amphitheater? One of my favorite things about Chicago is that the entire lakeshore is park land, and because of that, you have beautiful parks between the lake and the concrete jungle of the city. In the same way, I think Grand Rapids/Kent County would be well served to keep Millennium Park open and wild, as an access to the Grand River. However, it appears that my opinion is in the minority (at least on this board). Which is fine, it just certainly isn't what I would do.
  14. If the public will carry the debt, then the city/county should be required to have the public vote for a millage specifically for this project -- just like occurs for taxes that pay for arenas/stadiums. I would enjoy voting no for additional taxes for a hotel.
  15. What is the reason for the 24% decline? Cheap gas? Lots of airline options? Train reliability/availability? I would hope that a GR-Kzoo-Chicago Amtrak service would be in addition to, not replacing GR-Holland-Chicago service. Maybe arrive in GR early in the morning and leave GR late at night to mirror the current Pere Marquette service. Or maybe a mid-day arrival/departure out of GR. I think augmenting the service would help.
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