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  1. GR8scott

    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    That’s the mainline vs. American Eagle....but yes range may be the reason. The only flight of comparable distance would be Nearby Mesa and Vegas on md88s also not regional jet. Frontier also uses airbus 319s so it will be interesting going from nothing to two airlines using midsized planes on that route. Hope it sells well and eventually get flights to LAX!
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    So not only did frontier finally bring direct flights to PHX (although not daily), American is adding seasonal flight there (only Jan-March but mainline daily American). kind of an odd combination of service but I’m sure if it sells could easily expand.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Not much to dislike here! If I was meijer I probably would have had a little more “free marketing” such as the grocery bags and maybe small symbol saying “Bridge street market brought to you by Meijer” also which they would have gotten ahold of that crappy BP gas station, cleaned it up and branded it over.
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I wrote mdot about this same thing and they basically said they have no extra money for asthetics, they also said they were the least funded state dep of transportation per capita, hard to believe with the harsh winters here. I would hope the city could pitch in for something like this but they don’t think about these kind of things. Welcome to mdot son...
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    Amway Grand Plaza Facelift

    Not bad, would like to see some contrasting or at least diversity in the all dark blue river lined glass towers. I wonder if the effect here is actually minimizing the slant and also making it appear shorter? I’ve been telling them for years they should paint the ugly dark green roof and put a light bar around the top to accentuate it.
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    New projects on the West Side

    It’s certainly a millennial thing especially outside of Michigan where they are less of a car culture, kids don’t even care to get a license in the day of uber and why have a car payment along with insurance, maintanence and paying for parking? That can add up and be more costly than a monthly uber expense if you walk to work and everywhere you shop and hang out
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Reasons? Finally not among the most expensive in the nation? Finished with construction? Less attrition to other airports? Of course more flights and larger capacity planes help too. I find it hard to believe it would be 2nd in the nation in growth. It’s not even fastest on record for the airport. 09-10 grew over 400k and ~19%.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    About time!
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    New projects in Monroe North

    Those are probably the same cookie cutter designs that now litter cities like Nashville, Austin and Denver. Not complaining because their modern sense and appeal to Millenials but I would only expect more of them.
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    Woodland Mall to get $100 Million makeover

    Zoomed in on this from a few pages back and would be exciting if all these new to the area restaurants came through. I see coopers hawk Yardhouse j alexanders kona grill mission bbq shake shack and mention of California pizza kitchen and freebird world borritos....only thing missing is a cheesecake factory
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    Van Andel Arena Expansion?

    Well the other issue is that the whitecaps work well with the tigers and of course the fans like that. It would almost compete with Toledo the AAA team that’s much more established, better stadium and closer. The Iowa cubs have a much better stadium and fan following than the whitecaps as well. The only thing I could see is a smaller market northeast town like Scranton moving here and it wouldn’t be the farm team of the tigers....and also probably require a new baseball stadium
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    Van Andel Arena Expansion?

    AAA baseball would be a good next step but unlikely due to geography. They would also be nice to get an arena football team back and division one sports at Grandvalley. Before there’s even talk of pro sports the arena would have to be expanded or rebuilt, there are plenty of other similar size cities that have bigger and organize her arenas like Greensboro, Des Moines, Omaha, Little Rock, Birmingham, Not to mention college towns like Lincoln and Madison just to name a fewNot to mention college towns like Lincoln and Madison just to name a few
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    50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    I stayed at I believe a Hampton inn downtown Kc that was a similar size/scope renovated brick building in a room with NO window to the outside. It also faced Downtown and was high enough that it should have had good views. I even picked it it out before I arrived frbthat reason. After about 10 minutes I asked to move rooms. Later I walked outside and could notice there were windows in that space at some point, it was odd.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    interesting article and although the airport helps facilitate conventions, it was mentioned they have a hard time getting the attention to even be considered. Sports gets national television coverage and being a minor league city and largest one without a single D1 college program, I have always though GR should put in a bid for the opening rounds of NCAA tournament or at very least big ten tourneys or other nationally televised events, which may get the attention of people who make those kinds of decision. Without having seen the numbers, I wonder how GR stacks up convention-wise with places that are similar/smaller sized like Spokane, Greensboro or Dayton which all seem to regularly host NCAA and have similar airports.
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    Des Moines seems to be the closest comparison on a lot of levels to GR, and although its metro is smaller they seem to trend slightly above GR in a lot of things. Lets hope this means wages raise here to "catch up" and adjust. I thought Raleigh would be a higher number but maybe that doesnt include Durham/Chaple Hill?