At one time, the highly touted River Grand mystery development may have been looking at the other side of the
As it was explained to Corky Paul, the West Michigan Group LLC broker marketing a two-acre parcel on Front Avenue directly across the river from the city's Public Works Island, the recording industry was taking a close look at the Midwest during the period from 2001 to 2003, when California's infrastructure was in chaos from electrical "brownouts" and other turmoil.
How a vision for a boutique campus for emerging musical talent evolved into the
Either way, Paul said he believes the three-building parcel he has listed at 240, 280 and 300 Front Ave. SW was at one time a potential site for the urban music campus. A former industrial complex, the site appears to be custom made for a youth-oriented development to tie into the
While the recording industry has long since left the picture, current interest in the $2.95 million property has a similar character. Interest in the property has focused on a mix of college or professional housing and retail, with eyes toward the 700 feet of river frontage as a marina or kayak park.
"The activity across the river is now a ways away," Paul said. "I think it'll be very exciting to see what happens on this side of the river."
At roughly $1.5 million per acre, Paul noted that the property had a much better price than the city's 16-acre property at
- Yep, it's the silly season.
This week's lesson: No matter how well done a pricey campaign commercial, some goofball with an iBook is going to blow it away on YouTube.
There are 18 Dick DeVos For Governor spots currently posted on the popular online video portal, in addition to the two "I Am Amway" commercials not directly related to the campaign. There are three campaign spots for Gov. Jennifer Granholm
The most popular spot is Dick DeVos on the road, an online-only video featuring
Amway's Rob Zeiger wasn't kidding when he said the company was taking a beating because of the campaign. And the worst of it is coming from a steady stream of amateur videos attacking Amway, its one-time leader, and his wife, Betsy DeVos
In an e-mail last week, DeVos campaign lieutenant Greg McNeilly was positively incensed by the barely three-minute cartoon "See Dick Run," which attacks the candidate on practically all fronts, but particularly his investment in
Arguably the best of the eight or so lampoons currently in distribution, including one on Granholm called "Granzilla," the cartoon further reinforces what has become the Granholm camp's rallying cry: That DeVos is a villain for not having a xenophobic approach to the global marketplace (in West Michigan, we call that tack "The Bankruptcy Express").
What McNeilly should be worried about are spots such as "I Don't Believe Dick." Set to the Magnetic Fields tune "I Don't Believe You," the video is a collection of hundreds of DeVos photos connecting him to the likes of Tom DeLay, Karl Rove and Judge Robert Bork. It barely mentions Amway, but goes right after his wealth and political affiliations.
- The Ohio Business Development Coalition is running a series of ads trumpeting its low tax burden, compared to
, in the Wall Street Journal. If you already know this and haven't actually seen the ad, then congratulations; you've been (in the words of local communications guru Jeff Lambert) PR'd. Michigan
The ad has only run twice, on Aug. 10 and 23, and will run just four more times between now and the Wolverines' big game at
On the concept in general, couldn't
- Calvin College Professor Randal Jelks has been honored by the Historical Society of Michigan for his book "African Americans in the
: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Furniture City ." Grand Rapids
"I was interested in the question of what the history of African Americans in
Jelks will receive a State History Award in the University and Commercial Press category next Friday during a ceremony in
Unrelated to the honor, Jelks penned a commentary for the Detroit Free Press last Tuesday, recounting his youthful surprise when his then-girlfriend, now wife, explained to him that there are black people in
In his essay, he called for African Americans across the state to collaborate efforts against poverty, violence and despair.