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    Population Growth

    from a regional marketing perspective it seems that Muskegon and Allegan Counties are more West Michigan and Ionia and Montcalm more Mid Michigan
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    I should add that the A320s have the distance to make it as well whereas I believe the older less efficient MD88s would have been at the edge of their range to LAX probably a reason they already have routes to places like Cedar Rapids and BentonVille but not here.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    This is great BUT it has happened before, Allegiant seems to be the least loyal of the Airlines, pulling out of cities Abrubptly also has minimal staffing, I’m surprised they quipped that the pay would be twice MI avg. Also smaller cities like Knoxville and Asheville are currently bases as well and might just mean a few more big hub destinations like Newark. It should also mean finally LAX as that is also an Allegiant hub. Larger cities like Indy and cincy are bases and fly to places like Austin, Nashville and New Orleans which would be cool but highly doubt this has anything to do with Mexico or DE as Allegiant doesn’t fly international plus GRR would be at least a year or two away from that.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Doubt there would be enough demand for Montreal or panama/South America as mentioned unless there are strong business connections, although Toronto seems like it should come back considering it had decent amount of passengers in the years they had it. With this and more fuel efficient smaller longhaul planes coming into the fleet like the Dreamliner, I could see it paving the way for a European flight like Amsterdam or London 10 years or so down the road
  5. The sketch looks like a cool layout just wish they would utilize the water and river more like 5/3rd stadium, it backs against the river....also shows 10-13k seats and 500 car parking lot???
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    Odd another halfazz project why it’s there a ramp from east 96 to West 196? Why is t there a 3rd (and 4th) thane from Fuller east to 196? I know they said future expansion in mind but so was van andel areana
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    MSU Biomedical Research Campus - Phase II

    7 to 9 stories could look really good there just hope it’s not another 6 story dull block there need to be some contrasting. Also i wonder if some sort of covered bridge over the interchange to connect with the seccia center will be necessary? I hope it would not block out too much of a view of downtown from 196 but the sidewalks in winter can’t be pleasant for the doctors and scientist that have to go back and forth
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    Lakeshore Projects

    Same here, I wish a little bit more would spill into Grand Rapids. The back of Holland seems like a missed opportunity and a highly visible locationSame here, I wish a little bit more would spill into Grand Rapids. The bank of Holland seems like a missed opportunity in a highly visible location
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Interesting stuff. With all the exciting things in the new 20 year plan, I almost overlooked the plan to add a much bigger north runway to the north of the existing GA runway so it wouldn’t even make sense to put a tunnel in until that is constructed anyways. I just hope they wouldn’t build anything in the way to prohibit that from happening in the future. As for the control tower it’s also mentioned that at over 50 years old, it’s the second oldest control tower in operation out of the top 100 largest airports in the country. I find it hard to believe that it’s in great condition. Both Traverse city and Kalamazoo have recently replaced their ATCT with newer larger ones
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    may have just been me a hundred times lol but it’s obviously on the radar at the airport. It’s not that I’m obsessed with tunnels it’s more of my nerdy interest with all things infrastructure, Although they are cool it’s more of a biproduct of what I think a long term vision needs better access. IMHO GR has historically had a very Small town mindset on infrastructure. The airport has it back to an interstate. You have to make a right turn then another right turn then another right turn to get onto it and although that’s not complicated, This is the first impression for many visitors And it unnecessarily puts thousands more cars per day on a small stretch of the busiest street in the state that is 28th st. Another example of GR being the tallest midget here, I can’t think of a larger airport in the country adjacent to an expressway that doesn’t have a more direct access for convience to travelers... moving on, cant say I’m not completely impressed by the growth and also the airports’ recognition and foresight to improve the front, expand the concourse, and even try to add capacity for international flights, And icing on the cake the FAA building a new and probably larger and even more visible control tower which is cool
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Hmm, it’s just a GA runway not used commercially much like Holland’s, which has Bluestar Highway going underneath it. And This could be closed off to through traffic. Besides there’s plenty of other examples LAX, ATL come to mind. With the traffic growth MDOT should want to get all those extra cars off that quarter mi stretch of 28th. Anyhow I’m probably beating a dead horse Here, I’ll just keep suggesting it to the airport
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    That’s one extensive 20 year plan with expansions to both concourses AND an additional one plus a lot of other improvements. Nothing official but I’ve heard they are looking into an on-site hotel. Still nothing on a tunnel/direct interstate connection though!
  13. Would have liked to see more of a retro cinema look than the modern boring glass
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    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.