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Grand Rapids gets on a list in this article about cities looking to add street cars

http://www.newurbannews.com/15.3/streetcars.html

Streetcars are poised for a dramatic comeback

Up to 22 US cities could be laying track within two years.

Thanks to the Obama Administration, streetcars may soon be reintroduced into many cities that haven’t had them for more than 50 years.

Since the middle of last year, the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have largely reversed policies of President George W. Bush that favored bus rapid transit and made it difficult to spend federal funds to build streetcar lines.

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WTF, they post a picture of the building fire in Easttown? That's a reputable rag. Post these trash articles again and they will be deleted. Thanks.

Don't you know that gas leaks are a sign of economic instability?

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Don't you know that gas leaks are a sign of economic instability?

Haha, oh yeah. Time for me to go out and bottom feed for people saying bad things about Grand Rapids. Check ya later.

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Planetizen has an article today that talks about 3 midwestern cities doing great things for their respective downtowns. GR is one of them (although, they don't seem to describe the new opera offices/rehearsal space quite right, from what I've read on this forum).

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Planetizen has an article today that talks about 3 midwestern cities doing great things for their respective downtowns. GR is one of them (although, they don't seem to describe the new opera offices/rehearsal space quite right, from what I've read on this forum).

Here's the link.

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Planetizen has an article today that talks about 3 midwestern cities doing great things for their respective downtowns. GR is one of them (although, they don't seem to describe the new opera offices/rehearsal space quite right, from what I've read on this forum).

I definitely like people saying positive things about Grand Rapids. But, I also like people saying positive things and having them be accurate. That article is very much in need of a copy (GR Opera Center being "downtown" even thought it's nearly 2 miles outside of the downtown core, and St. Mary's and Mary Free Bed being part of Medical Mile, two VERY different concept sketches of the SAME building) info that it makes me feel like the writer was a bit lazy.

Thanks for posting it.

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I definitely like people saying positive things about Grand Rapids. But, I also like people saying positive things and having them be accurate. That article is very much in need of a copy (GR Opera Center being "downtown" even thought it's nearly 2 miles outside of the downtown core, and St. Mary's and Mary Free Bed being part of Medical Mile, two VERY different concept sketches of the SAME building) info that it makes me feel like the writer was a bit lazy.

You know, this Sunday I watched Dateline NBC's depressing hour-long special on how Detroit is in such awful shape, I found myself wishing that somebody - anybody - would pay attention to some other parts of the state and give Michigan some positive press. Too bad Archpaper didn't put in enough effort to get their facts straight, but at least they were looking in our direction for once.

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... Too bad Planetizen didn't put in enough effort to get their facts straight, but at least they were looking in our direction for once.

The link posted on Planetizen came from Archpaper.com.

Nice thing about e-journalism: even after a piece has gone "to press," it's possible to make corrections. And these can be offered by readers and lurkers, not just them what wrote the thing.

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Wow! What a fantastic portrayal of Grand Rapids.

The only glaring problem I found was the colloquial titling of our biggest supermarket chain: "Meijer's" [sic]

I wonder how the people of Holland feel about being referred to as a suburb of Grand Rapids?

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I wonder how the people of Holland feel about being referred to as a suburb of Grand Rapids?

Hopefully the Census Bureau will read this and impulsively put Holland back in our MSA. whistling.gif

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Hopefully the Census Bureau will read this and impulsively put Holland back in our MSA. whistling.gif

There were some other, minor errors in the story (it's not "Meijer's" even though that's what we call it) but I think that the thrust of the piece was right on target, especially with the focus on the local philanthropists.

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Portfolio.com has a survey of the 67 largest metro areas and ranks them based on various criteria to come up with a Quality of Life score. GR lands in the middle overall. Check it out.

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Switched the TV on just now; Dateline's doing a piece on the Julia Dawson case in Sparta from a few years ago.

That's the one where the perp (hubby) claimed he was out looking for her in one area, but calls made from his cell phone triangulated to place him in a different location.

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Since the above link leads to two different articles, I'm going to go ahead and link directly to each of them. And Woody, for future reference, UP rules discourage posting links to articles without at least typing a small review, opinion, or description of that article. Plus, it helps all of us know what we are getting ourselves into before clicking the link.

Article 1 - which has the most to do with GR:

Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified

Nothing really new, but a nice positive article with great diagrams, and interior and exterior photographs. Except...where are all the people? Is there anything wrong with depicting lively or utilized buildings?

Article 2 - relevant I suppose given the number of LEED projects in the area:

LEED Buildings Rated Green...and Often Toxic

While this article has a valid point, IMHO it is framed wrong. Something about it comes off reading LEED PROMOTES UNHEALTHY BUILDINGS, when the real argument is that LEED does not do enough to promote healthy buildings. Afterall, many of the buildings that don't follow LEED guidelines are just as unhealthy if not more so than those that do. There's always room to improve the grading system, but as Horst says, stepping up too fast may cause projects to abandon the program. As long as LEED continues to push for improvement in each new version, it will be moving in the right direction.

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Article 2 - relevant I suppose given the number of LEED projects in the area:

LEED Buildings Rated Green...and Often Toxic

While this article has a valid point, IMHO it is framed wrong. Something about it comes off reading LEED PROMOTES UNHEALTHY BUILDINGS, when the real argument is that LEED does not do enough to promote healthy buildings. Afterall, many of the buildings that don't follow LEED guidelines are just as unhealthy if not more so than those that do. There's always room to improve the grading system, but as Horst says, stepping up too fast may cause projects to abandon the program. As long as LEED continues to push for improvement in each new version, it will be moving in the right direction.

I completely agree with your analysis.

Often, it seems, people who are either "against" sustainability (how can you be?) or more specifically against the sustainability movement, seek to devalue or discredit accomplishments showing their faults.

The key takeaway from LEED in general is that if you give people a framework, show them the value in adhering to the framework, and get them some positive PR for their efforts, they will do the right thing. Sure they could always do more, but sometimes "great is the enemy of better than nothing." :-)

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I got an email recently letting me know that Bicycle Dreams, a documentary about the Race Across American (RAAM) endurance bicycle race, had been released on DVD. Featured prominently on the website is "Winner - Grand Rapids Film Festival". This was one movie I wanted to try and see at last year's festival, but the time didn't work out. I'm may have to buy it on DVD, or see if GRPL is going to get their hands on it.

http://www.bicycledreamsmovie.com/

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Nice mention of a Grand Rapids business, Prestige Products, in the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek:

Business Profit from BP Spill

I like this quote: "We're in Michigan. The economy has been horrible for everybody here," Rickel said in an interview. "But the expertise is here and we cashed in on it."

Bravo to Prestige Products for stepping up.

I would have preferred that the article was written a little differently. Personally I'm a little uncomfortable with its war profiteering tone.

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