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  1. I believe the long term plans for GRR involve expanding 8R/26L involve lengthening it and upgrading its capacity to handle commercial traffic. If you look at the 2004 master plan, it's pretty clear that they've mapped out the space for a third air-carrier runway. GRR 2004 Master Plan by Marc VM, on Flickr
  2. I doubt anything would happen before they made a move to rebuild 8R/26L. You'd have to tear up the runway to build the tunnel anyway, plus you have to go around the north tarmac and the flight services up there. I would also imagine that it will be significantly more costly to do at GRR than over at Holland, which is a tiny airport in comparison.
  3. Just for the record, the tower crane is gone. Any others on the horizon in downtown GR for us to look forward to?
  4. A few pics of the Viewing Area expansion: IMG_4607.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4608.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4606.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4605.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr IMG_4601.jpg by Marc VM, on Flickr
  5. Yes. The big crane that they used to put it up is assembled and ready to take it down.
  6. I think the real news here is that there was once a franchise restaurant called “Mr. Ham and Mr. Beef.”
  7. Flew that route on Northwest once. I believe Lansing has that route now as well.
  8. I like the idea of combining Venice-style gondolas with the restored rapids, but that's just because I like to see people fall out of boats.
  9. I'll try to drop by...
  10. Cool beans. It's a really lovely expanse of dirt and gravel right now. Look forward to seeing something get started there...
  11. Drove past it the other day and thought the same thing. The rest of the building now looks like it's covered with an early 80's crust.
  12. There's no accounting for taste.
  13. Worst case would be replacing it with a giant, sixteen story hyper-realistic statue of Trump and Obama recreating the infamous fraternal kiss between Breszhnev and Honecker, purely to piss absolutely everyone off. Always remember things could be worse.
  14. Pretty much I just look at it and then say to myself, "you know self, that looks OK. In fact, I think I kind of like the way that looks right there." I also say, from time to time, "thank goodness it's not a corrugated metal wall like Gallery." That happens too.
  15. Honestly, the look of the exterior is growing on me. At least the upper floors. Excited to see what this will look like when complete.