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  1. 601 Bond

    From what i've seen they are working on the parking structure right now which takes longer. I would guess we'd see a new floor every few weeks after that point.
  2. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    I think this is my favorite development from an infill standpoint. Whether or not you care for Orions style having these two buildings here will make a huge difference in vibrance and feel of that area.
  3. Suburban Projects

    Yes they are rebuilding that gas station and the McDonalds that was in the little strip mall will be located inside that gas station with a Drive-Thru.
  4. RFP - 201 Market

    God I hope not. That would look more out of place than the Devon tower in OKC.
  5. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    Agreed. Also I feel like it should be pointed out that any tax breaks and incentives provided to lure them here would be paid for many times over in the revenue brought in from the economic impact and jobs, spinoff jobs ect. Lest we should forget that not collecting taxes from a company lured here, is no different than the taxes not collected at all because they already aren't here. Except the former comes with revenues from income taxes and other developments, where as the latter represents no change in revenue. I know there is a political and a fairness component that needs to be evaluated, but I don't see how at least trying for the pie in the sky is a bad thing.
  6. Redevelopment along 28th Street

    This area never lost population during the recession, especially not Wyoming or Grandville. Nor did it have anything to do with Studio 28's decline. The emergence of the commercial corridors on Rivertown Pkwy and the EBL lead to the decline and demise of Studio 28. 28th St in Wyoming went from a regional commercial retail destination to a neighborhood destination. A location shift in retail habits, along with shifting demographics in Northern Wyoming.
  7. RFP - 201 Market

    Maybe the city is holding off bringing them to the public. Perhaps they are working on a proposal to give it to Amazon
  8. New projects in Monroe North

    I was out enjoying the air last night and noticed how prominent these were from a couple of angles. North Monroe looks like crane city from the pedestrian bridge by the Ford Museum.
  9. New projects in Monroe North

    This is pretty cool. I hope the crane at Warner tower goes up soon, It'll be nice to have 3 going.
  10. Diamond Place at the Proos Site

    I may not have any taste, but to me it still seems like a vast improvement to the neighborhood, and a vast improvement over what was there before.
  11. Who's Done This?

    Hah! That cannot be the first time a Grand Rapids lane change has been recorded like that.I'm going to plead the fifth about where i've done it, but I've never done it at that location. That's the first time i've ever seen it from the WB Ford to Pearl Street. You see it routinely all over downtown, and other parts of the metro area. Gotta love those simultaneous right and left enter/exit zones. We definitely have a unique freeway network here.
  12. ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    I do yoga at an art studio in Creston and it's also a venue. Still not sure how I feel about doing yoga with Art Prize voters walking around haha.
  13. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    Denver's traffic congestion and land prices are not likely to make a person from Seattle wince. Spend an afternoon on I-5 from Tacoma into downtown you'll understand.
  14. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    This is the only thing in your statement that I'd challenge. The only reason there aren't non stop routes to Pacific coastal cities is because the demand isn't currently there to justify it. If a company like Amazon planted roots here, you'd be lying to yourself if you thought the airlines wouldn't work to accommodate the demands. GRR is not near it's capacity and could certainly handle more flights.
  15. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    First and foremost I agree that it's a giant fanciful leap. To your point about our current labor force and the ability for it to absorb that many jobs, I think population growth is being over looked. Were something like this to actually transpire I think there would be a surge in population. The labor force size would surge in numbers as candidates would be attracted to the area. Not to mention that like all other companies Amazon would have a recruit network nationally/internationally. What we are talking about here are market driven forces. The real likeliness that Amazon would ever consider locating a major corporate presence in Grand Rapids Michigan is probably about the same odds as winning the power ball. The ripple affect of a presence like that would propel the area into the echelon of city it's trying to become.(which would obviously be awesome) I do think a strong case can be made for Detroit, especially when considering Jeff Bezos tendency toward making social statements. I'll be sad if this ends up in a stereo typical cliche trendy city like Austin, Raleigh or Atlanta.