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  1. https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2021/07/alger-heights-salon-owners-to-open-coffee-cocktails-business-next-door.html I'm all for non-alcoholic options. With the push for a quasi all ages dry bar https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/artist-working-to-open-grand-rapids-first-lgbtq-dry-bar/ - we need more options. I would love love love if breweries would keep a few craft NA beers behind the bar for us former beer drinkers who still love going to breweries.
  2. City Government spends $8M to buy prime riverfront property on Scribner so it can abandon its current prime riverfront property on Market. I'm so confused. Is there not a parcel anywhere else they could use? or maybe multiple smaller sites with distributed equipment? sure, I'm not a government person, but does this seem silly to anyone else? Here's a property in Rockford that is similarly sized, only $500K and is also....riverfront!!! https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8099-Jericho-Ave-NE-Rockford-MI-49341/101630598_zpid/ ()
  3. can we just tear it down and make one giant roundabout that encompasses bridge st intersecting covell?
  4. So I think this is done? I really don't understand what is happening here. Maybe adjoining buildings on the north and south will fill it in and make it look more consistent? It looks incomplete
  5. Somehow I don't think having a street level restaurant in the middle of the Michigan St. hill is really going to achieve the foot traffic you think it will. Not surprisingly, there isn't demand for those restaurants from the surrounding community of empty-after-5-buildings and the highway overpass. And you can't really put a drive through on Michigan Hill.
  6. I eagerly await Mike Freed's long form letter to their board about abandoning their duty to West Michigan to stay exactly the same forever. /s
  7. Agree. I was down on Monroe North over the weekend and it was happening. If SH is taking properties that contribute to the vibrancy of the neighborhood, i hope there are plans to incorporate some ground floor retail/commercial. To have that much area effectively *closed* outside of corporate business hours would be a travesty.
  8. ....dayum, and I didn't even see that Corridor Coffee has changed over!!! https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2021/06/local-eats-morning-ritual-a-grand-rapids-botanical-coffee-bar-offers-unique-floral-herbal-flavors.html Ok, last post for now....Alex and Rosie are great people. Alex invited me for a tour and cupping at their shop in Grandville and I've been a loyal customer ever since. I'm so glad they made it through the pandemic. https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2021/05/michigan-entrepreneur-of-the-year-donated-coffee-to-help-struggling-cafes-reopen-after-pandemic-shutdown.html
  9. I thought about putting this in the off-topic area since it's literally called the GR Coffee House, but you know, there's enough movement in GR's coffee scene to warrant it's own thread (i think). I'll start the thread with post about two new coffee happenings. https://mix957gr.com/theres-two-new-places-to-grab-coffee-in-grand-rapids/ for Squibb and Sparrows. https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2021/06/local-eats-new-coffee-shop-brings-specialty-drinks-to-grand-rapids-neighborhood.html https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2021/06/squibb-coffee-bar-opening-at-downtown-market-in-grand-rapids.html Sparrows is a great addition to Kingmas on Plainfield and I really love the support they've shown local entrepreneur Frankie Volkema as the world's youngest licensed Q grader https://dailycoffeenews.com/2020/07/29/worlds-youngest-q-grader-launches-youth-supportive-joven-coffee/ Also... Social Misfits is going in the second floor of the Marriot Residence Inn: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2021/06/waffles-cocktails-and-coffee-bar-coming-to-downtown-grand-rapids.html Anyone know anything else going on? Sad to hear about Ferris closings too :-( https://grbj.com/news/beverages/ferris-coffee-shutters-two-grand-rapids-cafes/ ...but they recently got some good press in Sprudge! https://sprudge.com/coffee-design-ferris-coffee-co-in-grand-rapids-michigan-177148.html
  10. Really loving the murals on Lafayette near Plainfield. I think this is a https://www.lionsandrabbits.com/initiatives ? Not sure, but it's great!!
  11. anti-windmill arguments don't hold (back) water any longer. Source: (https://twitter.com/BrentToderian/status/1409509199634042884?s=03) (https://twitter.com/BrentToderian/status/1408690103078178816?s=03)
  12. Slightly off-topic here, but does anyone know why Osteria Rossa is boarded up??
  13. I could see Tanger wanting to do something like the Domain in Austin Tx. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g30196-d1487717-Reviews-The_Domain-Austin_Texas.html If they could please pull in TopGolf, that'd be great!!!! I can't fricken believe we don't have one.
  14. From the old snippets of the Spectrum Health master plan I've seen (more than a year ago), the brick on the GVSU building will be consistent with the SH building that will eventually go next door at 414 Prospect. So it will probably end up looking fine in that regard. I think the SH building will be visually similar to the Lemmen Holten building brick and glass.
  15. am I really that clueless about the artists in the lineup schedule?? I don't know any of them...are any of them big names??
  16. Hey look, the new DGX must be open! These made their way all the way to Michigan St. (post is tongue in cheek, it's not DGX's fault people litter...as a DT resident I'm actually excited about DGX as an option)
  17. 25yr employee, i can offer my insights. It's unusual to announce the CEO as part of the a Letter of Intent. John Fox is soooo out--His senior leadership team is empty because he's a terrible CEO and no one likes him. Competent, trusted leaders from SH West Michigan will probably go over there to address the scorched earth culture issues left by Fox. That will create more opportunity here for leadership development to backfill those going east. Tina will need a trusted team there. The two will largely operate separately for a good while. Senior leadership is the place where you'll see the most change in the next 3-5 years. We are just now, almost 4 years in, starting to have conversations with our Lakeland (SW Mich) division about collaboration and streamlining. Don't expect a lot to change. It remains to be seen how the WM Nice culture will go down on the East Side. Hopefully it helps balance us out as an organization and we can be less nice (read: passive aggressive) here. The building footprint will stay the same, same for the master plan. Our service areas don't overlap which is good for FTC approval, but also means there is plenty enough work for each division to do. Again, speculation on my part...but prob not far off. This BS about the police not being able to....uh, police...these issues, is a complete failure on their part. Do your job. Stop pulling people over for air fresheners and round up the Grom/Wheelie Gangs. Honeypot those fools with a fake Facebook event and lead them on a pied piper adventure through town where they break all the rules, and then end up rounding a corner onto a street that's been blocked off from escape and once corralled, ticketed and impounded. And cry me a river, 50 cops resign after a fellow cop is held accountable for excessive force. Police morale? Don't be violent assholes and actually do your job and I promise we'll like you better. I'm not sure SH would be too concerned about safety in the area since we'd likely have a security officer either onsite, or actively monitoring the area. I'm sure the hotel is going to be stepping up their watch as well. Gunfire through windows doesn't make for a good Yelp review. If only there was some sort of publicly funded organization whose job it was to protect and serve the people of the City.
  18. We talk a lot about the shift in payment models from volume based to value based. payment based on outcomes and prevention instead of treatment. that requires a different cost structure to support. the scale will help drive down administrative and supply and equipment costs. You can get some massive discounts when you commit to buying 6 CT scanners instead of 2. . we'll get paid a bucket of money for a group of patients, and our job will be to improve their health and keep them out of the hospital (expensive)...otherwise, costs for that patient group if they grow beyond the bucket of money, is direct cost to the health system. if systems spend less than the bucket, they get to keep the difference. as for how the shift is happening, medicare explains it best. skip to 13:30 for a great example.
  19. Of interest to this group, there are no plans to change the Monroe plans again. All the hospitals will retain their names, since everyone knows their hospital by name. It will be brand name - hospital name., which for the most part is already standardized to "Brand Name - Location Name - Hospital". This is a huge win for PH to grow on the eastside where BCBS operates largely indiscriminately. I asked for a high speed rail line connecting GR and Southfield in the Q&A for employees Single payer/national healthercare is the definition of monopoly. I like to think hospital mergers as a slow walk to a single american health system, which of course we should have. Its also very american that it will be an expense and take forever while a bunch a people get rich in the process, lol.
  20. That crane is still there at the Baker building. Someone suggested it was being staged for the perrigo project....so it can't be that. There is plenty of space at this 1340 Monroe project that they could have done it there. Holding out for something at Baker. :-) Speaking of cranes, I was in Austin over the weekend and whoa, that a lot of cranes!
  21. Developer acquires three more properties for massive Sligh factory mixed-use project (mibiz.com) Getting bigger!!!
  22. Props to the writer of the article for doing their homework. I heard many of these same rumors as a kid growing up on the North End. Going to need a lot of work to bring it up to date. Iconic Grand Rapids Home for Sale (mix957gr.com)
  23. OMG, am I going to be a NIMBY on this one??! As a Belknap Bluffs resident I am....excited to see this development. :-) Cycling back up the hill from Monroe to my place is an absolute bear. Bring on the switchback!
  24. Tiny House Project - Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (homelessauthority.org) I was in Savannah over spring break and came across this project of tiny homes for homeless veterans. I think phase 2 is done and its up to 47 units and it looks great. Savannah’s Tiny House Project for homeless vets enters second phase (wtoc.com) Really wish we could do something like this here.
  25. These are almost done and looking pretty good. I'd say smart move not making them three stories. the two unit across the street arent there yet though.
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