Greedo

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  1. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    I work downtown, but live in Holland. I was excited about GR getting a BRT line, even though I'd probably never use it. But I have to say, I don't think the line was sold very well at all. I read the materials from ITP, I follow Friends of Transit on Twitter, I've driven the corridor in question and I've seen first-hand in Chicago how public transit can improve development in a community. I also watched the Cleveland video! I thought the messaging for development was completely understated. I don't know who said it previously, but if a group of developers had been interviewed for the commercials explaining how rapid transit could bring their projects to Division, or if there was greater explanation of how people could use it, ie. Park & Ride, or specifically listed its convenience to multiple destinations (which is Cleveland BRT's selling point), I think you probably could've sold more people. And I never saw anything about the Salvation Army's Kroc Center which is being built at Division/Alger. Look at the SilverLine website. Everything is written in generic terms. Even the result in development--all abstract percentages. More specificity and you would've pulled more votes. Even the Cleveland video was short on specifics and weak on messaging. There was construction on the video, but what was the construction? Who was building it? Where were the testimonials from Cleveland developers? It also didn't help that The Silver Line was perceived as going nowhere. It went from downtown to.... 60th? (meh). Rapid Transit planners need to think about anchor destinations. Look at Chicago. The northwest stretch of the Blue Line is the second most popular L line. It is anchored by downtown and O'Hare Airport. The Red Line (arguably the most heavily used route in the CTA) is anchored by Evanston/Northwestern University and downtown. It also serves both baseball stadiums and Soldier Field in between. The Green line serves IIT, and UofC. Specific destinations! There's a trend here. Anchor the Silver line on BOTH ends. Showcase the destinations. Talk candidly with developers. Give people specifics to vote for, and they'll support your cause. Hope this helps. (BTW, a BRT line btw Holland and GR would be golden. I can't handle carpooling--forced to talk to people--but create regular, consistent bus service, and I'll be all over it)
  2. ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    You are absolutely wrong about this. I've worked with numerous, internationally renowned artists and dozens of art journalists, and ALL of them are unequivocally impressed with Grand Rapids and our open embrace of art--more specifically public sculpture. What I've found most satisfying is to hear the shock and amazement that these people, who hail from NYC, Seattle, London and Paris, have when they see the flowing prominence of La Grande Vitesse, set against the lines of the City and County buildings--AND THEN their remarks when they realize that our city flag and the logo used on all of our city vehicles (even the garbage trucks) include this beautiful sculpture. They see it and immediately know that Grand Rapids is a city that defines itself by it's public art. If this IS an art competition, I say bring it. But bring it AWESOME, not like the lame excuse for a social network that Spout has become.
  3. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Water wall was working last year. They just kept it and the reflecting pool drained for the winter. Something about water freezing (or something).
  4. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    D'OH! Still, i'm glad it's mentioned.
  5. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    I'm shocked nobody mentioned the annoucement last week, that GRAM officially earned Gold LEED status by the US Green Building Council--the first art museum in the world to be completely constructed to the organization's green standards. Grand Rapids Art Museum: Gold for Being Green
  6. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Mergers mean consolidated routes, which means fewer flights and therefore less selection on departure times and less competition on prices. This has the potential to go from bad to worse. Although, we will all have a $25,000 parking spot to park our cars for the non-existant flights.
  7. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Finally, a new Art Museum website, www.gramonline.org Flash... yummy.
  8. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Got an early look at the GRAM Member Newsletter. Kulapat Yantrasat (sp?), architect of the new GRAM, is going to speak next Friday, November 9 at 5:30. Lecture is focused on GRAM and building LEED (obvs), and includes a Q&A. natch. I know I have a couple questions that I can't wait to ask.
  9. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    I was in the offices at GRAM last week (got an early tour, natch) and there are recycling bins everywhere, probably have been there since they moved offices from the old building. I don't get it. Seems like more than a coincidence that the Press has been sitting on this for weeks but then waits to write about it on opening day. Sounds they're trying to purposefully damage their reputation.
  10. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Chicago has great neighborhood parks all over the city that are constantly used for recreation. But the loop, and N. Michigan's density is compensated by the enormous front yards called Grant Park, MMPark and Lincoln Park.
  11. River House Condominiums

    Pardon the confusion, I was just saying that because I believe we're wasting space by building new structures and not integrating parking into them. I'm really happy Grooters is integrating parking into River House and not building something separate.
  12. Health Hill/Medical Mile Developments

    Well, they did change the name and focus of the building to the Lemmon-Holton Care of Giant-People Pavilion. What, you guys didn't hear about that? It was all over the fake news.
  13. River House Condominiums

    It's the way all of our buildings should be--2-3 levels of street-front retail, 6-8 levels of parking and condos/office space above that.
  14. Skyline Balance

    You can totally get to Monroe through Calder Plaza, there's a stairwell on the back side of the county building. It's poorly marked (meaning, not at all) but it's there. I say keep the buildings and sculpture, but reengineer entire property for accessibility. Then building on the 5/3 lot next door, the Federal property and the GRPress. So much balance!
  15. Skyline Balance

    Oh yes, I know people disagree with my opinion and the opinion of hundreds of art scholars and enthusiasts. But there are more than enough places to build in that area without tearing down another City Hall.