MJLO

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  1. I'd say i'd be terrified of the x99 comentary if god forbid something brutalist went up.... But he'd probably like it.
  2. I think Jays fortune was divided up amongst the clan. It wasn't kept in trust the way Fred Meijers fortune is. This means there are no more Van Andel billionares at the moment. If they are still giving it's not the very public way it used to be .
  3. The point of Historic preservation is to "preserve" the past, not lock us in it. I have been beating this drum for the 12 years I have been on this website. There needs to be a modification to the HPC's charter that gives more leeway for discretion and common sense. The example of keeping a windowless building windowless for the sake of historic preservation hurts the city and it's neighborhoods more than it helps to preserve anything.
  4. School enrollment as a whole is up though from what I understand. It would be interesting to understand the bulk of the demographic coming into the area. I would think it's largely families without high school age children, and younger post collegiate millennials with no children. I can see where that wouldn't translate to a surge in high school enrollment. If the numbers for k-6 is down I think that would be more unusual. Emerging adults are having less children in general I wonder if that makes a difference, or if this is something seen across other regions.
  5. That cabal of European style socialists is making me nervous. That would be a great spot for a large corporate headquarters to be lured to. The city needs to incentivize the crap out of getting a multi billion dollar company there. The type of traffic that would generate would benefit all sectors they are working to invigorate. I know it's wishful thinking. I still don't see how the core advances past where it is until another major jobs source is anchored there.
  6. I agree that it's cheesy if not almost gimicky. To the point of x99, I think he's just happy to see a developer actually put some thought into design regardless of schtick. The end product may not be as tacky as some of us are assuming. It'll be memorable in any case. Way more aesthetic than the NW Indiana gateway into Chicago land IMHO
  7. They were on waiting lists, then the market got flooded with more units than it could absorb. It will catch up, we may not see waiting list anytime soon but the region is attracting enough people that the 3 month desperation will be temporary. Price points will drop, might even boost the rate of growth in the metro are a smidge.
  8. Surburban complexes have offered lease terms as short as 3 months for as long as I can remember.
  9. I don't want to call it an eyesore just yet. I'll withhold disdain until the finished product has been revealed.
  10. To put it in perspective Chicago has literally 14x's the population of Grand Rapids. Which means if Chicago has 4500 units coming online this year, Grand Rapids would need about 322 to stay in proportion. If there are more units than that opening this year Grand Rapids is theoretically outpacing Chicago on a market basis. Grand Rapids is gaining population at 4x's the rate Chicago is but when looking at raw numbers it's still barely a blip in comparison. Point being they may have actually over built a bit in GR. It'll take some time for absorption to catch the market up, but I don't think that means the apartment construction market is DOA.
  11. Come on guys lighten up! Who wouldn't want to live in a place that can brand itself the "Castle City".
  12. If I move here when they open will you guys refer to me as "her majesty" because I will be living in a castle?
  13. It's the perfect spot for a mixed use development that includes the relocation of a major corporate headquarters - wishful thinking
  14. As I was walking around Bridge St last night with a friend, it really struck me for the first time how much it's already transformed. The restaurant stock alone can compete with Uptown, if it hasn't already surpassed it. Given its immediate proximity to the downtown area, and the hundreds of millions of dollars Rockford is pumping into it, it probably will suck away a bit of momentum from Uptown. There might not be an urban neighborhood in the state that rivals it soon.
  15. I still don't believe it.