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  1. East Beltline Developments

    Ok. Now this place looks familiar. This is where GRPS would hold graduation ceremonies for the entire district. They would do one for a high school, then rotate them out, and bring the next one in. Would make a great place for an actual dense residential development, but between NIMBY's, and he people freaking out that their view will be "spoiled", it will likely just be filled with another sprawling Ramblewood clone or another office park.
  2. Dont tell Mlive. Some of them will actually think this was a good idea. And then they will complain that it isnt free parking.
  3. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    Division between 28th and 54th is a massive area begging for denser development along it. It is already walkable along many parts of it. Has several schools as well!
  4. The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail

    There is also that building next to Purple East that never got a tenant, and its been years. I guess I hope that the new theater will get someone into the ones near it. 20 E. Fulton is the one that is most worrying. Seems like a great spot for a Walgreens or CVS. Maybe an Apple store in a perfect scenario.
  5. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    My wife and I got our first place together in HH as renters. It was close to both our workplaces as well as classes, and we really loved the foot traffic of people of all ages going up and down Wealthy St. at all times. Made us feel safe. Eventually we moved on to buy a home in East Hills, but we still drive by our old front porch and fondly remember our days as rotgut lowlife renter scum with our sin and blight. I wasn't aware how utterly ungodly we were apparently. But my experience there makes my appreciate the renters we have on our street. Yeah, they are young and a bit inexperienced, but that's part of the charm. They also love to stay on the porch late into the night (like we used to). I can appreciate that because it's just more eyes on the street, which equals a safer neighborhood. I rather have them here than in Ramblewood. HH was saved from demolition because of the law, but it was saved from virtual abandonment because renters filled in spaces few people wanted to occupy themselves.
  6. East Beltline Developments

    Admittedly I did wince at the prospect of Hop Cat just becoming a meh local chain of bars, but if they really cant absorb all of the business DT (a nice problem to have), maybe a location like Knapp will take the pressure off by off-loading the hardest to accommodate customers (suburbanites and their cars) to a friendlier location. I just think it's too bad they didnt build new on one of the undeveloped portions of Celebration Village. Would have been a great way to keep up with a little bit of urban style.
  7. Woodland Mall to get $100 Million makeover

    Their store in Muskegon closed as the brand wasn't doing too hot across the nation until recently. This may be part of a bigger plan to lighten their overhead and move to Eastbrook (duuuuuur Centerpointe) which wont help their "hip factor", but I guess it's better to not lose money.
  8. New projects on the West Side

    Doh! I completely forgot to mention that this happened. Yeah, he officially closed down back in late Feb. No mention on Facebook as to why. I'm thinking he just felt time to move on. He's been there for a long time, before 99% of the development you see there today. I dont think it was for a lack of money as he seemed to be doing really well with renting the space out for receptions and parties, which will be sad to not walk by and see through the big windows in the evening. I doubt he sold the building. He can make great money as a landlord with that location. Denym is definitely one of those cool stores that I see really doing something unique with this building. Their style and that space are made for each other.
  9. I seriously dont understand why they wont say anything about it. It isnt like we all dont know that they had a 2nd location and now they have closed it. Simply erasing all mentions of it from their website, and pretending like it never existed just seems awkward and weird. People love their business and aren't going to hate them because this place didn't work out. Anyway, I also dont mind the prospect of a few chains coming to Bridge either. Local places come and go way to easily and too fast sometimes. Meijer technically counts as the first one, and they are sure to reel in others. I'm really expecting more of the types of places around Knap's Corner Meijer rather than anything you would find in a mall. Some useful additions. Nothing high-end.
  10. The Grand River?! You mean GR has a River?

    Now all they have to do is to do something about that power substation . It's pretty weird to have that sticking out between a park and the event pavilion. Why is this even there? At least try to shield it.
  11. People talking about Grand Rapids

    DT GR is really hard to take a nice photo of. Our buildings are too uniform in height, and not clustered. We also have no real signature tower and the existing tall buildings are too generic. It is the quintessential mid-sized Anytown U.S.A.. Your only choice is to try to make a bunch of boring (mostly old) high-rises look good together (more or less the type of photo on the cover of a phone book), or show a wide-shot of some really vague places.
  12. Hey, what's that?

    Photos of the project on the corner of Ann and Turner today. I'm pleasantly surprised that it fronts the corner with no setbacks!
  13. Division / Wealthy and ICCF

    Yeah, sadly seniors in yet another low-income project isn't going to bring it when it comes to retail, and this is coming from someone whose senior parents are on a REALLY fixed income that I hope move into a place like this someday. With the homeless shelters as entrenched as ever, and too few people of means living close by, a grocery is indeed looking like a pipe dream.
  14. Division / Wealthy and ICCF

    This one kind of flew under the radar. "104-unit senior living development eyed for Tapestry Square" Also they are still looking for a grocery to fill the site: I just hope they remember they are building this in a very urban corridor and don't set it back behind a bunch of parking lots and landscaping.
  15. New projects on the West Side

    I'm thinking it has to be something other than the actual selling of coffee? Did someone offer them, or the landlord, huge money for the space? Did the owner buy out their lease? I mean, they just opened! And they are almost assured tons of business in the near future with all the development . I haven't heard anything about them being empty either. But if that location is done, then it is a spectacular collapse after such a promising start.