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by AlbertHammond
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: 95 Metcalf South update and former Sears
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: 95 Metcalf South update and former Sears

Sadness. Vision Metcalf? Mixed use?

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by AlbertHammond
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3746
Views: 349564

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Am I the only one that thinks this is a dreadful attempt? It would look perfectly fine bolted to Oak Park Mall, but is completely out of context on the CC Plaza. Where is the context? Are they building into the ROW? I am totally in favor of a narrower street that gives more space to the pedestrian, ...
by AlbertHammond
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3746
Views: 349564

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

TrolliKC wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:19 am
New Rendering in the Star
Wha!?!
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by AlbertHammond
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Politics
Replies: 1750
Views: 147701

Re: Politics

Now that Kobach lost the governor's mansion, he is well positioned as Trump's new AG. ....watching.
by AlbertHammond
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1834
Views: 216712

Re: Westport

The BofA replacement building by Opus is in full-go mode, building foundations. The CAD project next to Manor Square is....(sound of crickets).
by AlbertHammond
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1834
Views: 216712

Re: Westport

By the way....one of my favorite parts of Westport is the original 1800's limestone curbs on 39th Terrace between Pennsylvania & Washington streets. Sometimes, its the little things...

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by AlbertHammond
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1834
Views: 216712

Re: Westport

Good to see the Westport streetscape extended to 39th Street on Broadway.

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by AlbertHammond
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: How Kansas City got its' name
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: How Kansas City got its' name

WHY would a city that started on the older, larger, more famous river (Missouri) name itself after a smaller river a mile to the west???? That makes no sense at all. KC started on the Missouri and all of the cargo, riverboat riders and travelers came here on the Missouri and from the east. The city...
by AlbertHammond
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 156
Views: 15614

Re: 1800 Walnut

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0349076,-94.5879705,3a,75y,340.09h,96.69t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s8NN8TVpdh7ascNbSI2kjjg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Not downtown but still an example of street level residential on a newer and substantial development Another great example of what could line the parking garage.
by AlbertHammond
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 156
Views: 15614

Re: 1800 Walnut

Vancouver has a lot of larger apartment buildings especially in the less commercial part of their downtown that have apartments or condos on the ground floor that open directly to the street (higher levels have their own entrance) Is there something in the US zoning code that prevents this? It usua...
by AlbertHammond
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 156
Views: 15614

Re: 1800 Walnut

Question to those lamenting the street experience: in your opinion, what differences would have made the building excellent? "More street level retail" alone isn't an answer as that would have reduced ground level parking. How would you add ground level retail, keep adequate parking, and keep costs...
by AlbertHammond
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 156
Views: 15614

Re: 1800 Walnut

This image gives a better look at how little active use there is on the ground floor. https://i.imgur.com/dHdPJEf.jpg kboish has it right. We must not be wowed by the building as a piece of sculpture. Look only at the bottom floor or two to see if it is good urbanism. This building is brutal from t...
by AlbertHammond
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 156
Views: 15614

Re: 1800 Walnut

This image gives a better look at how little active use there is on the ground floor. https://i.imgur.com/dHdPJEf.jpg kboish has it right. We must not be wowed by the building as a piece of sculpture. Look only at the bottom floor or two to see if it is good urbanism. This building is brutal from t...
by AlbertHammond
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Plowboys BBQ
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Plowboys BBQ

Interesting. I rarely ever "root" for a business to fail, but perhaps this will finally stick a fork in Wyandotte BBQ. Unless they're laundering money, it's hard to imagine how they've lasted this long. It certainly isn't by serving good food. They've been there for as long as I remember and they h...
by AlbertHammond
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8989

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

rxlexi wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:56 pm
I have seen the 3D maps of the parts of KC that are financially beneficial and those that are not.
Where does one find such?
Here is one version that is public...
https://twitter.com/UrbanAngleKC/status ... 6135990272
by AlbertHammond
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8989

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

This assumes that zero change happens ever, as if a community is locked in time. That's simply not true. Most places are generally locked in some sort of development style. HOAs and zoning don't allow mixing of uses or density. Can I build a 4-plex in any ol' suburban neighborhood? Hell no! You can...
by AlbertHammond
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8989

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

KCMO has triple the acreage per resident than it did in 1950. that means each of us needs to pay triple the taxes to maintain that infrastructure and fire/police coverage. Well that's simply not true. We didn't develop all the new land with amenities inside the city limits. The strongtowns approach...
by AlbertHammond
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8989

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

FangKC - I usually agree you you, but I respectfully and strongly disagree this time. If you at all subscribe to the StrongTowns message, a large part of the message is about how our modern pattern of growth, that is spread out and much lower density per resident, is what's breaking the bank. KCMO h...
by AlbertHammond
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: The Junction Before and After, North Loop Removal
Replies: 38
Views: 2844

Re: The Junction Before and After, North Loop Removal

Removing the North Loop and creating a whole bunch of new, vacant land in a city already full of vacant, undeveloped land will not achieve the desired objective of densification and increased urbanity. We're NOT Boston. Let's worry about filling up the hundreds of square miles of vacant land AND th...
by AlbertHammond
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8989

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

Chuck is back tonight. He just spoke over lunch to the Chamber of Commerce crowd...many of which are not interested in his kool-aid. I think many are starting to get it, though. Mayor James did not seem to understand it. Mayor Alvey is fully on-board. Here is Chuck's public talk tonight: https://www...