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  1. West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    Bloomberg article sites a Federal Housing Finance Agency report that Grand Rapids had the largest gain in home prices. Bloomberg
  2. Former Four Star Theatre Division and Burton

    Went there multiple times when it was the nightclub. It was surreal; like Eastown Shout's brother who got in with the wrong crowd.. I remember TV8 doing a Live at 5 preview of the club before it opened, and the owner told the reporter that they had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lighting alone..
  3. Grand Rapids Then and Now

    I believe it was the Vinkemulder Building.
  4. Grand Rapids Then and Now

    Random downtown pics, circa 1980s and 90s.
  5. Was that the show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers? I still have a flyer for that somewhere..
  6. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    dailymail Developers-Michigan-strip-away-modern-glass-panels-reveal-century-old-buildings-hidden-underneath
  7. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    As promised, here are pictures I took in the mid 80's during the 'skinning' of the former Helmer Building. I know I posted some of these years ago, but this is my full collection. I found some other interesting shots of downtown form the 80s and 90s, but I'll post them in the appropriate thread.. Sadly, the FotoMat damaged some of the film before processing the prints..
  8. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    I think I have more of the 'before' pictures that I can post. I'll have to dig though storage to find them, but I have a better scanner now..
  9. 42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    WOOD TV studios, all of the medical buildings along State Street and Cherry Street, the old Kent Skills Center, multiple nondescript apartment buildings, to name a few..
  10. Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    never mind. just a glitch.
  11. People talking about Grand Rapids

    The way I read the article, the housing example was property in Grand Rapids, but the tech employee in the story moved to the place one hour south..
  12. Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    Are the "rowhouses" that were behind it also gone?
  13. People talking about Grand Rapids Another article on the relatively low cost of real estate in Grand Rapids.
  14. Meijer

    Looks like someone agrees... Court rules on big box
  15. Calder Plaza Building to get makeover

    I'm pretty sure they did the State of Michigan and Federal buildings too. I have some of their promotional brochures from the 60's and 70's in storage that I'll have to dig up..