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  1. I wonder if the structure was torn down to improve the visibility from 28th Street.
  2. The houses are within the boundaries of the Heritage Hill Historic District. Are they not protected?
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/realestate/where-are-the-best-places-for-millennials-to-live-and-work.html Another 'list' post..
  4. The new airline is probably good news for people wanting to fly to Milwaukee (just my guess). The expansion is the bigger news, IMO.
  5. It was actually East Elementary (formerly East Newhall School). My sixth grade classroom was in the basement.
  6. 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.
  7. 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..
  8. Another 'take with a grain of salt' ranking. https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2019/01/14/7-safest-most-affordable-cities-in-america
  9. Bloomberg article sites a Federal Housing Finance Agency report that Grand Rapids had the largest gain in home prices. Bloomberg
  10. 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..
  11. I believe it was the Vinkemulder Building.
  12. Random downtown pics, circa 1980s and 90s.
  13. Was that the show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers? I still have a flyer for that somewhere..
  14. dailymail Developers-Michigan-strip-away-modern-glass-panels-reveal-century-old-buildings-hidden-underneath
  15. 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..
  16. 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..
  17. 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..
  18. 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..
  19. Are the "rowhouses" that were behind it also gone?
  20. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-19/the-case-for-working-in-silicon-valley-and-living-in-the-rust-belt Another article on the relatively low cost of real estate in Grand Rapids.
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