Shark Market, Dead In The Water. But there is other good news.

The news is official: "Partners shelve plans for small grocery store at 38 Commerce in downtown Grand Rapids". This in conjunction with the closing of award winning Propaganda Donuts ... it has not been a good month for retail in Grand Rapids. Despite ever more housing and mixed-use development retail and services are still moving rather slowly.

On a positive note Rockford's "superblock" development including a Meijer and Affordable Housing continue to march forward.

Also, according to 'word on the street', a 30 day test of rerouting Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited through Michigan, on the Detroit/Chicago corridor, may happen this October (2016). Fingers crossed. This will be the first LD (Long Distance) train to be routed through Michigan in a long time. Does anyone need any more evidence that investing in infrastructure is an investment that pays off?