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On 6/22/2017 at 8:05 AM, GRDadof3 said:

The "Coldbrook Edge" trail had a ribbon cutting recently. This is the extension North of Canal Park up to Leonard. Other than the big ugly power lines, it's pretty nice.

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Quite a few people enjoying the new trail.

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18 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

Lyons Edge Park ladies and gentlemen. How is this "substantially" better than what is there now? 

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Zig zags make everything better. 

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22 hours ago, GRLaker said:

Zig zags make everything better. 

Yeah, this is kind of ridiculous when you consider the cost vs. improvement. All they've really done is make the dock at water level into a zig-zag and then approach to it a ramp instead of those stairs...but honestly this doesn't jump out to me as any more "interactive" or "accessible" to/with the water than it already is...to borrow their language throughout this process. 

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Did they look at every other mid to large size city that straddles a river, see what they've done to successfully rejuvenate their riverfront space and then say, "a zig zag walkway is the best solution!"?  It's not like this is uncharted territory.  There have to be tons of lessons out there on what has worked and what hasn't.

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7 hours ago, wingbert said:

Did they look at every other mid to large size city that straddles a river, see what they've done to successfully rejuvenate their riverfront space and then say, "a zig zag walkway is the best solution!"?  It's not like this is uncharted territory.  There have to be tons of lessons out there on what has worked and what hasn't.

Even the zig zag 3d perspective is off. It looks like it tilts toward the river in that one portion, dumping pedestrians right into the drink. 

Good thing a high priced national firm was brought in to work on this. 

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quite uninspiring..... could've been a place, now its another section of boardwalk. With the other section that has the chain link fencing, I cant help but think this was a wasted opportunity. Draws nobody to the river.

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Anyone know who the mysterious "Unit 7" owner is and how that unit ended up with river frontage at Plaza Towers? City's filing an eminent domain lawsuit because negotiations have stalled to purchase the property.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/09/grand_rapids_to_use_eminent_do.html

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On 9/27/2017 at 8:13 AM, GRDadof3 said:

Anyone know who the mysterious "Unit 7" owner is and how that unit ended up with river frontage at Plaza Towers? City's filing an eminent domain lawsuit because negotiations have stalled to purchase the property.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/09/grand_rapids_to_use_eminent_do.html

I think "unit 7" is the Condo Owners association

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1 hour ago, scottythe1nonly said:

I think "unit 7" is the Condo Owners association

Yes, I found that out later. And they're entangled in a big lawsuit with the city from the big flood, and the floodwall that is part of the lower levels of the parking ramp that was breached with water. 

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In the context of the rapids restoration project, a few days ago Mlive published this very good article about the history of the rapids:

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I am a little surprised no one posted it already (maybe they did somewhere else and I missed it.) 

One interesting thing is that there is a photo of an almost dry Grand River before the dams were built.  The story says that so much water was diverted for power plants that in the summer there wasn't much water flowing in the river until retention dams were built.  I wonder if this would be a problem again if all the dams were removed.

An Mlive commenter  on the article actually had something useful to add and that was this link to an old magazine article about the great log jam of 1883:

 STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST TERRIFIC BATTLES IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDUSTRY

You may recognize the railroad bridge behind the old Baker Furniture factory on Ann Street where the jam broke through.  The current iron bridge looks like an identical replacement.

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I don't see how that would become a problem again because the canals that diverted water away from the river to be used for those factories no longer exist -- they've been filled in.

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Same. And under the highway feels so perfect for a skate park, too. I don't even skate and I'm pretty excited about that.

The whole thing looks pretty excellent.

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31 minutes ago, tSlater said:

Same. And under the highway feels so perfect for a skate park, too. I don't even skate and I'm pretty excited about that.

The whole thing looks pretty excellent.

Agreed.  Some of that neon colored down lighting under the freeway to light the skate park at night would be perfect.

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Now all they have to do is to do something about that power substation . It's pretty weird to have that sticking out between a park and the event pavilion.  Why is this even there?

 

At least try to shield it.

 

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10 minutes ago, GR_Urbanist said:

Now all they have to do is to do something about that power substation . It's pretty weird to have that sticking out between a park the event pavilion.  Why is this even there?

 

At least try to shield it.

 

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If I'm not mistaken, at one time, there were plans to remove it.   It's amazing what we put on the river in the 20th century, parking lots and substations.  It really does need to go....WOS!

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