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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: 369

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: 148
Views: 12553

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: 148
Views: 12553

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: 148
Views: 12553

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: 148
Views: 12553

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: 148
Views: 12553

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: 493

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: 8585

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: 8585

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: 8585

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: 8585

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: 2671

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: 8585

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...
by AlbertHammond
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Nall Hills Shopping Center
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: Nall Hills Shopping Center

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by AlbertHammond
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: The Junction Before and After, North Loop Removal
Replies: 38
Views: 2671

Re: The Junction Before and After, North Loop Removal

I have not followed this thread or any of the previous discussions or proposals for the north loop. That said, this is a diagram of how I always wanted to see it changed. Fill in the highway with a park that is level with the surrounding streets. Allow 6th and Independence Ave to function as a boule...
by AlbertHammond
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1809
Views: 209580

Re: Westport

Also notice bikes aren’t allowed at all. Bicyclists are just going to take their business elsewhere The hoards of 11pm-3am cyclists will be appalled. I was in the district until 10pm on Saturday and all was well. None of these measures were in place at that time. All this fret, but it only affects ...
by AlbertHammond
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3704
Views: 339188

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Westport had this same problem about 5 years ago and poisoned over 50 street trees. They got serious about tree health after that and the WRBL started educating the property owners and managers about proper snow treatment. They understand the value those street trees provide and want to preserve tha...
by AlbertHammond
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3704
Views: 339188

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Kansas City is ... Good comments FangKC. All true. I specialize in this issue and I have been watching the Plaza trees closely. The key reason for so many dead trees on the Plaza this year is the salt. They are spreading too much salt. They are spreading it too sloppily and are throwing it onto the...
by AlbertHammond
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd
Replies: 75
Views: 8969

Re: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd

FangKC wrote:No. Why would you combine a memorial to WWI war dead with a civil rights leader that was killed 50 years later? Doesn't compute.
The point is that many of these other suggestions are nearly as ridiculous.