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The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail
allbusiness replied to GRDadof3's topic in Grand RapidsCan you help me out with this one?
It's very difficult to "create" a downtown environment where one hasn't evolved through history. It doesn't help that nearly every township zoning ordinance I've read literally makes illegal anything that even begins to resemble a traditional "downtown" -- mixed uses, 2nd story residential, no setbacks, no sideyards, no required parking for each business, common sidewalls, etc. Thankfully many of our traditional downtown areas have seen a nice resurgence of activity over the past few years. I think people really yearn for the ability to spend time in a small, community environment where they can buy a book, sip a latte, shop for a greeting card, walk their dog and chat with their neighbors. And not one that they typically have to drive to. It would be great to see a real, planned, new-urbanist type of community work here in West Michigan. Something like Seaside or Haile Plantation in Florida. The danger is that these places become homogeneous, elite, gated communities. Mixed housing becomes a vital part of any plan.
You got it Zenstyle! For the rest of you here is one of many tribute pages: http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/prisoner.htm (sorry to hijack the thread)
Are they really calling it "The Village"? Be seeing you!
Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill
allbusiness replied to dbrok's topic in Grand RapidsAlso fairly new in Easttown is Dan Rafav's, some of the best authentic Mexican food around. The place isn't that fancy (a la Maggie's) but the food is great!