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  1. I believe the Electo-Motive Division was a profitable part of GM even up until the time that they sold it and that GM sold it to continue financing car operations. I never understood the mentality of getting rid of every part of GM that was profitable to focus solely on making cars/trucks which was not profitable. I guess now they have run out of things to offer at the fire sale. I doubt that it is very efficient to turn the car plants into rail plants as opposed to just increasing existing facilities at current rail companies. Not to mention where are they going to get the plans, would they h
  2. So how does this compare with the current library. I assume that it will have much more access to technology, but the building does not look that big. The article says 180,000 sq. ft. and 800,000 volumes. What are the numbers for Zumberge.
  3. Today the developer announced that they had sold 30 percent of the units in the building. That is a total of 352 units which is not to shabby. However, I am still saving up the $750,000 for a studio unit so I will have to wait to pre-order. here is a link: 30% of unites sold in Chicago spire
  4. The switch over for New Buffalo from the Pere Marquette to the Wolverine/Blue Water is a mixed blessing at best. The best part is there will be four stops daily at New Buffalo. Theoretically it would take an hour and 15 minutes to Chicago from New Buffalo but the high speed track is only to Porter on the other side of Michigan City and then the Wolverine/Blue Water has to travel on freight lines. This means that the average delay (Mid-April to Mid-May) on the two lines is: westbound 53 minutes with on time percentage of 9 percent, eastbound 37 minutes with 11 percent on time. This includes 9 t
  5. Let me ask a question that I do not really understand about the Pere Marquette Amtrak service and the State subsidy. The state subsidy is around 6.1-7.2 million dollars per year for both the GR-CHI and PH-CHI lines. I do not know what the split is between those two lines but lets say it is 50/50. That means the GR-CHI recieves between 3 million and 3.6 million dollars per year to operate. Other money comes from ticket revenue and federal subsidies. Ticket revenue for the Pere Marquette was $2,666,416 for fiscal year 2007. So the combined costs to the people of Michigan for operating the l
  6. Found these photos as I was transfering my AA photos and thought I would post him here and tell people they should go to Warren Dunes, which is where these photos were taken. That is yours truely running down the dunes.
  7. That thing looks like the sarlacc pit of Chicago in that pic.
  8. Well the income tax was defeated, so I guess it does not matter anymore. Considering that I do not live there, I did not care. The real reason I am posting though is to suggest a new restaurant. Last time I was in AA visiting my GF we went to Caf
  9. Division III enrollment numbers vary so much because division III is created for those schools that do not want to give out athletic scholarships. Therefore, both small and large schools with that goal belong to Division III. That is why there is such a large disparity between the large schools and the smaller ones. GVSU could move up, it probably could have moved up years ago when I was there but the coaches and admin. people that I spoke to did not want the larger investment responsibilities and were happy to continue to win in Division II. I cannot blame them but eventually it will become n
  10. GVSU has long since reached Division 1 numbers and has left Division II in the dust. The average enrollment for a D II school is 3,400 students and there are 7 schools in Division II with higher than 15,000. Meanwhile, DIAA or whatever they want to call it now has average enrollment of 6,828 for undergrads. But I also have heard that lots of people want to stay in DII but that was a few years ago. I do not know if the mood has changed. Eventually it will need to happen though. DII stats
  11. It is great that the guy was around when I am learning about Free Speech in class everyday.
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