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  1. AlexPKeaton

    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    Yep, Reagan Marketing is moving from 820 Monroe. The building is losing tenants quickly as Delta Management has pretty well run the place into the ground. My most recent employer is also looking to leave 820 as well.
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    Zondervan moving their Corporate HQ

    That's exactly it. An office in a desirable area is one way to help retain employees. Hiring good people is hard and expensive, so it's best to keep turnover low in the first place. FWIW, I just took a job in Midtown Manhattan and will be leaving Grand Rapids soon. I wouldn't have taken the job if it was out in BFE Long Island or New Jersey. Just sayin'. Of course, New York's a bit of a special case in that it's not assumed that you own a car, and for everyone in such a huge metropolitan area to have access to work they need offices near transit hubs. (Related: Anyone want to by a 2009 Subaru WRX by chance? )
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    Zondervan moving their Corporate HQ

    I believe there are some rather large vacancies at Bridgewater that they might be able to fit into.
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    Hey, what's that?

    Hah, I work in that area and saw them filming that a month or two ago as I left my office. I recognized Bell, but I didn't know exactly what they were shooting. Now I know.
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    The Rise and Fall of Spearia

    What, the vehicles and RV with expensive custom paint jobs were free? Their $500,000 building renovation? It really does just sound like they were blowing too much money trying to be a cool place to work. Nothing wrong with that so long as you can afford it. I have no idea how busy or not they were, or what they charged clients. As I said above, they've done some nice work, and despite their owner's lack of technical experience they seemed pretty competent. But even with a good product you still have to run the business side of things.
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    The Rise and Fall of Spearia

    I don't think that's a fair assessment at all. It looks like their website uses a fixed width, so if your window is small of course there will be a scroll bar. As a web developer myself I can tell you their work is actually pretty good. Of course my company is better.
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    The Rise and Fall of Spearia

    This is a particularly interesting case though. It's mind-boggling how a company could be so mis-managed.
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    Redevelopment along 28th Street

    I love the idea. It's a clever way of getting around the problems of making 28th a "downtown" street: on-street parking and walkability. Whether it will happen and be successful is another matter.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    This might be blatant advertising, but it pretty well sums up the nickel and diming airlines have resorted to:
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    East Beltline Developments

    Chipotle? There's nothing inherently wrong with chains. They have their place. I go to chains when I want to cheap out, local places when I want something really good. Side note: As a free-market libertarian, it bothers me when people advocate for local because it keeps money in the local economy. If that's the reason you eat and shop locally--not because it's better--then you're actually doing the economy a disservice. The reason I eat at local places that use local produce is because the food is actually much better. It's like night and day.
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    East Beltline Developments

    I'm surprised they're still in business. I went there once and I wouldn't go again. It was like $100 for two people and we had to cook our own mediocre food. I don't mind spending a lot of money if it's actually worth it. Hah, yes! I like PF Chang's for americanized Chinese food, and it's a step above most of the other americanized Chinese dives, but it's certainly not fine dining or authentic Chinese in the least.
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    Hey, what's that?

    That's right up there with the Supermercado! Just put some garish paint on there and you couldn't tell them apart.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    I believe it's because they only sell direct and therefore don't feel a need to put all their data into the same systems as the major carriers. I guess if you can cut out the middle men you can eek out a little more margin. It's also probably differentiates their brand a little bit not being seen as a cheap commodity.
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    GVSU Downtown Development

    It looks like a mishmash of about three different styles. It sort of works, and I don't hate it, but I also don't love it. FTFY. Both Secchia and Winter Halls are really cheap, shoddy construction. DeVos Center is quite nice, however.
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    Fulton Street Farmer's Market

    Looks good! I like the way this addresses Fulton Street. I'm curious how the indoor display case area would be used. Parking isn't an issue for me as I live within walking distance (~1 mile).