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  1. jdkacz

    What are Grand Rapids' best assets?

    GR vs Denver is tough. I feel GR competes well against equally sized cities. For people in my office that come from "interior" states that have relocated to W MI people are blown away by the quantity of available water options. Lake MI, inland lakes, rivers, up north (I feel that TC can be a selling point for GR as well. Schools are also pretty good in most of the metro.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Interesting that its with a regional carrier. Generally there is a scope clause regarding distance and/or passenger limit a regional can take versus actually having a union pilot. I'd guess going this route saved them money using the smaller plane.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    If GR adds direct flights to Cancun, that is only going to continue to strip traffic away from Lansing.
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    Wasn't it hot/humid? There's no shade where that is held.
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    ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    ArtPrize artist registration up from last year It was up for this year (perhaps because it was a 10 year anniversary?). I like the idea if it helps bring more artists and more high quality work. In the off years, I think if you have clustered art like Site: Lab, that could be equally interesting.
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    We already have a Courtyard and a JW downtown. The AC brand is coming next year. I would guess its going to be a regular Marriott or Sheraton hotel. If it goes off brand, maybe a Moxy?
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    I agree I'm bummed, but at the end of the day this replaces a surface lot and there are getting to be fewer and fewer in downtown.
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    I know its totally anecdotal, but I have neighbors native of FL and AZ who prefer the MI winter over the oppressive heats of their states summer. But I am sure more have moved away due to the winters then have come here and been okay with it. I agree. To everyone outside of MI, we are Detroit. I was taking an uber in CA and I mentioned Grand Rapids (I was asked, that's Detroit right?) Detroit's rise will be rising waters for all of Michigan. However, I am probably one of the few cantankerous ones that feel Michigan is already too populous and want to keep the state to myself.
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    Predictions for the coming year

    Big as in, Game Changer? :)
  10. That's too bad, I enjoyed their pizza and generally thought they were pretty steady. Is Love's Ice Cream staying open?
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    Suburban Projects

    There's a fight by some residents that live in the immediate area of the Blodgett hospital parking ramp project. However, with the recent development in Gas Light with multi-unit condos and there really is not any single family housing that would be affected by this development, my thoughts are it would be more well received. I could be wrong, but this master plan process has been ongoing for a quite a while. I could be off base, but I think most residents want more development in the "core" of the city. There's also a new hotel on 28th ST by Patterson behind the Steak and Shake and to the west of Jake's Fireworks and Home Depot.
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    Suburban Projects

    I know of nothing officially, but there has been a lot of discussion regarding that piece of land and the two story parking garage in the updating of the master plan (there are some ideas outlined in the plan). There are also ideas to renovate the building where Rite Aid is in Gas Light to a boutique style hotel. The updated master plan does want to address it, but like you, I am surprised that has not been brought back, especially since it sold out quick the first go around and then collapsed with the recession.
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    Suburban Projects

    Surprised. Rockford overall seems like the ideal location for a second location.
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    Suburban Projects

    Younkers is closing. It will be interesting to see how they re-purpose that much sq footage. There certainly wont be a singular anchor to replace it unless the new owner has some creativity to land an REI/Bass type store.
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    That is so underwhelming. Dropping in half to 21 stories would have been okay.