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  1. ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    I wish there was more public arts such as murals along the highway or other paintings and plantings in public rightaways
  2. 234 Market, former Lady Godiva's

    I think orange should be a good contrasting color against gray skies, plus it's also kind of DutchY
  3. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    well every city has their pros and cons, Denver's traffic is horrible and so is the price of land. Also the airport is in the middle of nowhere and takes a solid 45 minutes to exit the airport and another 45 minutes to get to the city no matter what mode of transportation and time of day
  4. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    love this project, I really hope they dont just throw up a ramp at the corner of Monroe and Lois, its really the only remaining open spot thats just prime for an iconic tower!
  5. Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    I know its far from done but I hope they fill this in with more awnings and horizontal signage. Would have been nice to see brick sidewalks as well.
  6. Also the signage is ridiculously boring, I would hope they end up going for some kind of retro theater sign
  7. Hudson Block | 800 Feet+

    Glad to see its over 800 and distancing it from the Ren Center so theres no "plateau effect"
  8. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    I dont really think thats a fair comparison, for one, Detroit has a few more things going for it namely the fact Amazon just built a large second warehouse and looking to build a third in the area soon, so they already have operations there. Also the airport is already a major international hub. Also its on a major border crossing with many homeland security, customs officials and overall transportation jobs. A growing downtown is hardly unique to GR and Detroit's is also growing with a new arena, many rehabbed buildings and proposal for the new tallest in the state. They both lack in public transportation. Both cities are not desirable to many people especially coming from Silicon Valley and Seattle where the snow will certainly scare off some. Flights from GRR to Deltas hub in Seattle and United to SFO can easily be added if there was demand. I doubt Amazon will pay for land, although housing may be a factor. The comparison would really come against Seattle and the other candidate cities. I would edit the Pro/Con list to..... Grand Rapids Pros: Growing economy, Quality of life studies, proximity to many kinds of recreational activities, being able to court and land Switch, Giving philanthropists, artsy and beer scenes, was recently a secret now "trending up" Grand Rapids Cons: Talent shortage, lack of major college institutions, small town infrastructure in highways, public transit, and airport, no major highway/not a pass through area, weather Grand Rapids Wildcard (either pro/con): seclusion/off the beaten path, small town feel, "hidden gem" feel Detroit Pros: Amazon has operations and may expand here, cheap housing/cost of living, gentrified and improving downtown, rich history and culture, Major hub airport, UofM, major international border, plenty of possible locations either in the city and even rural areas towards Ann Arbor/Airport, hipster and creative vibe Detroit Cons: perception of not a desirable area to live, lack of public transit and a population that's closed off to it, high crime and depressed population in some areas, history of corrupt politics Detroit Wildcard: sentimental pick as stated by the times article, Amazon wanting to help a depressed area and be a part of the comeback for PR I would love to see them set up shop in either Michigan city but realistically places like Raleigh, Austin, Denver and even Columbus seem to be a much closer fit to what Amazon is looking for.
  9. RFP - 201 Market

    Stadiums like that seem like it would be a total waste of limited downtown riverfront. I would much rather see a project embrace the river
  10. Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    Wyoming could take some notes but they are on a different scale with no real historical past
  11. Redevelopment along 28th Street

    You could sense the lack of vision from day one with the outdated looking signage and giant strip mall setup. It's a unique opportunity to create a downtown. And what do all downtowns have in common? Some sort of density. For this project to be actually successful in the 21st-century in a middle-class suburb, there needs to be even more density, midrise and low income apartments, walkability, outdoor gathering Spaces. Parking ramps not surface lots. Restaurants/bars with outdoor seating. Just think Hooters, delightfully tacky but cheap fun.
  12. 42 story building coming to downtown GR

    bWhat's the largest office building? Ancient 18 story McKay? Des Moines and Omaha are great market comparisons and they have 600+ footers that mixes real well with a couple 400s nothing crazy like OKC, but really adds some distinction to the skylines. I don't think this building is iconic mainly because of the height but also because of the top of the building, still love it though!
  13. 42 story building coming to downtown GR

    I couldn't decide whether or not I liked the top hat. Either way this does not say iconic and also because the "edge" location and the height is barley more than the current tallest but definitely noticeable and sets the stage for something actually iconic. To me something iconic would be taller, (500-700 ft range) more centrally located, and have a distinctive top. If the economy keeps up, there may be prime for class A office. OKC and Mobile built something very high, something closer to what Omaha and Des Moines have just over 600 would be more appropriate and look very nice in the skyline.
  14. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    The west bound is more like 3 1/2 lanes now as it starts out as 3 lanes and there's a short southbound exit ramp lane being the main issue for traffic backups so a full 4th lane would allow to open it further east to where the lane ends. Aesthetically, there's a rare opportunity to do something to greatly improve a massive and noticeably figure in the cityscape/skyline if you will. I doubt mdot will spend the money but the city should really push for something much improved like a an overhead suspension of somekind, before it's too late and have to wait another 50 years
  15. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    There still seems to be quite a few undeveloped areas in the Northeast and even a little on the northwest side of town. Also not the best layout of main roads and the city should think about that to develop those areas with higher density and a few extensions such as Plymouth and west Fulton. I don't know much about the public housing commission but they did a nice job renovating some of the old projects, just not sure why they don't expand and build new buildings especially some higher density ones? I know many big cities are tearing down large towers and replacing them with med rises. I think that would be A good option for more affordable housing, plus it would keep some of the section 8 out of the privately and apartment complexes in the suburbs. There's obviously overflow demand for it.