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I make my living as a professional photographer.  Here are some photos I took recently during the quarantine.  Don't give me crap about not staying home.   I'm out walking around for exercise by mysel

some more shots I took this past weekend.  Seeing the streets so empty is strange but it's great being able to shoot from the middle of the streets without worrying about getting hit or blocking traff

That very cold morning after the steam plant boiler exploded....

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I had to head into work for a short time today, and I knew what was going on downtown today so I brought my camera. I'm not as good of a photographer as some on these forums, but I thought I had a pretty unique perspective to snap some photos on my cheap, old camera.

I think there are plans to redevelop this building, but I have yet to see any activity at this site.

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There has, however, been a lot of activity to the building next door which is the roof in the foreground. They were digging a pit down there for the elevator shaft and I initially thought they were responsible for the power outage downtown yesterday. In the background you can see a couple other projects.

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I like how that row of windows lined up perfectly for the reflection in the Van Andel Arena's windows.

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Parking lots and highways.

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Oh yeah, there was a bike race going on as well.

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You can see a lot from up there, but many are too far away to get a good photo of without zooming in.

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I don't know if this is a corporate sponsorship banner, but it's nice to have banners up along Monroe Ave. If so, I think this was a Veloise idea. I checked and it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the convention center (even though it's in the vicinity).

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I'm pretty sure that's not the church that was going to be demolished for residential development. And it sounds like the church in question is no longer in danger either. At least for now.

Nope, that would be (or would have been) St Algoma, almost right across Broadway from this one.

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I don't know if this is a corporate sponsorship banner, but it's nice to have banners up along Monroe Ave. If so, I think this was a Veloise idea. I checked and it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the convention center (even though it's in the vicinity).

The vicinity of DVP often has banners up (there might be a connection). There were some for the home tour, and I recall seeing the builders show, a hunting event, and more.

My main target is Monroe Center, which has nekkid banner holder brackets on the vintage streetlamps.

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The vicinity of DVP often has banners up (there might be a connection). There were some for the home tour, and I recall seeing the builders show, a hunting event, and more.

My main target is Monroe Center, which has nekkid banner holder brackets on the vintage streetlamps.

I know they usually highlight some show at the convention center, but there doesn't seem to be anything related to this Paul Goebel Group or insurance in general on the DVP schedule:

http://www.devosplace.org/Schedule/85/

If it's just a local company sponsorship/advertisement, maybe it could be spread to the rest of downtown. No matter what the message, it's nice to see the banner poles being put to use. It brightens up the area.

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I know they usually highlight some show at the convention center, but there doesn't seem to be anything related to this Paul Goebel Group or insurance in general on the DVP schedule:

http://www.devosplace.org/Schedule/85/

If it's just a local company sponsorship/advertisement, maybe it could be spread to the rest of downtown. No matter what the message, it's nice to see the banner poles being put to use. It brightens up the area.

I like the banners too. I was actually going to ask my co-worker who's friends with Meg Goebel, owner and president of the Paul Goebel group. I thought hm, what a great way to advertise! If only my company was going somewhere.... (a little side venture I have in addition to my almost full-time job) then I'd advertise there. Then I get on this forum and see that it's the subject of conversation. Well, I'll have to ask tomorrow.

And AlexpKeaton, I love your photography. You're not as bad as you think you are. They're quite good.

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Huh? Looks like everyone in town is going "GREEN". :huh:

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Speaking of paint jobs, River City Slims has a few new coats:

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And it looks like the cleared lot next door is for temporary parking:

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Speaking of cars, Grand Rapids' first real roundabout (I believe) on Cherry has its curbs in:

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In other news, the new bike paths along Wealthy in EGR are all painted up. These are supposed to follow Lake Drive all the way to downtown (? Veloise?)

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New retailer in Gaslight Village. There's also a new Spectrum Health office next door, so this place appears to be almost filled up (except the corner next to Grand Gallery):

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More random photo updates to come later today or tomorrow (time permitting).

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I know they usually highlight some show at the convention center, but there doesn't seem to be anything related to this Paul Goebel Group or insurance in general on the DVP schedule:

http://www.devosplace.org/Schedule/85/

If it's just a local company sponsorship/advertisement, maybe it could be spread to the rest of downtown. No matter what the message, it's nice to see the banner poles being put to use. It brightens up the area.

I'm starting to think realize I should doubt my boss. Her thought was that it was in relationship to Celebration on the Grand just happening because it was the 75th anniversary but that's only been around for 28 years. So it really is just an advertisement. And despite what she says the Paul Goebel Group has indeed been around for 75 years.

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Blue Morning

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In a hurry to get a shot of Riverhouse, I took this shot. In doing so I accidentally got the parts of the blue anti sun glare band (or what ever its called) at the top of the windshield. This gave an otherwise gloomy sky this vivid blue effect. So Ha! HA! you fancy professional shutter bugs out there. Who needs fancy lens filters when you got one built into your car's windshield? Just kidding of course. But sometimes good things happen by accident.

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Apparently this photo by yours truly will appear in a presentation being given by Dick Devos, TODAY, in Ann Arbor. Pretty cool! I'll have to retract some of the things I posted about him on here. :blush: The presentation is about Grand Rapids "renaissance", Grand Action, public/private partnerships, yada yada. :thumbsup:

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Apparently this photo by yours truly will appear in a presentation being given by Dick Devos, TODAY, in Ann Arbor. Pretty cool!

Nice job! You shoulda said "you can use it, only if you give the fine folks at UP-GR a plus in your speech" :D

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Nice job! You shoulda said "you can use it, only if you give the fine folks at UP-GR a plus in your speech" :D

I didn't actually have a say in it being used for the presentation. I had already "bequethed" the image to a third party who informed me today of its upcoming appearance.

But you're right, that would have been funny if he would have given UP a plug in his speech. "If it wasn't for UrbanPlanet, downtown Grand Rapids would still be a secret".

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