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  1. This is not the entire story, but I think this played into it: I seem to remember that Meijer had initially planned to build a store a mile south on property they owned in Grand Rapids Twp. The township would not allow them to build the store on that site, so they built a store one mile north instead, on property within the city limits of Grand Rapids. I don't recall if the property had already been annexed prior to the plans for the store, or if it was part of the process to develop the land. The Grand Rapids Township property was eventually developed as Frederick Meijer Gardens.
  2. I wonder if the structure was torn down to improve the visibility from 28th Street.
  3. The houses are within the boundaries of the Heritage Hill Historic District. Are they not protected?
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/realestate/where-are-the-best-places-for-millennials-to-live-and-work.html Another 'list' post..
  5. The new airline is probably good news for people wanting to fly to Milwaukee (just my guess). The expansion is the bigger news, IMO.
  6. It was actually East Elementary (formerly East Newhall School). My sixth grade classroom was in the basement.
  7. My dad worked for the architect. I know I have a similar publication from when Woodland Mall was new buried in storage. I thought it was interesting that the MichCon building was originally powered with 100% natural gas. Wonder how long that lasted.
  8. For anyone interested in the history of the building, here's a scan of the brochure given to new tenants when the building opened. MichCon Building 1.pdf The photo on the second to last page is an interesting view of the urban renewal..
  9. Another 'take with a grain of salt' ranking. https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2019/01/14/7-safest-most-affordable-cities-in-america
  10. Bloomberg article sites a Federal Housing Finance Agency report that Grand Rapids had the largest gain in home prices. Bloomberg
  11. I believe it was the Vinkemulder Building.
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