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by AlbertHammond
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: City Trip Reports
Topic: Slovenia for 7 nights
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Slovenia for 7 nights

I spent some time in Ljubljana a decade ago and the city center was quite nice. It surprised me with the number of young people (college age) in the city. The bicycling culture was starting to compare to Amsterdam. There were cycling facilities everywhere. It was a great visit. https://c1.staticflic...
by AlbertHammond
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 73
Views: 5609

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

https://www.facebook.com/strongtowns/posts/10155064657161603 “Investing in infrastructure that will last 40, 50 more years is the correct use of debt. Just as people know that a mortgage is good debt as you invest in property to secure your family’s home and future.” Sorry, but no. That's not corre...
by AlbertHammond
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 73
Views: 5609

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

I went to the Peter Kageyama event in OP. His talk was very good. In some ways, relating to the StrongTown message of focusing on small initiatives that have high relative return. "Return" in his talk was social, not monetary, but they go hand-in-hand. The Chuck talk looked like a good one...
by AlbertHammond
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 73
Views: 5609

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

Here is your chance to give praise or throw tomatoes at Mr. Marohn. He is speaking as part of the KC Library series on January 30th. https://www.strongtowns.org/eventspage/2018/1/30/kansas-city-mo On the same night, Peter Kageyama is speaking in Overland Park. http://www.fortheloveofcities.com/in-t...
by AlbertHammond
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1706
Views: 168080

Re: Westport

chaglang wrote:If you had to guess, why isn’t the survey available at the first meeting?

Too much info to digest in one meeting. The historic data and dialog probably deserves its own dedicated time.
by AlbertHammond
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1706
Views: 168080

Re: Westport

Sounds like the 2/1 meeting is the public meeting for the Westport Dev. plan. https://twitter.com/Westport_KC/status/956632941165150209 & the 2/6 meeting is the public meeting led by HKC to present the historic survey results. https://www.historickansascity.org/event/westport-survey-meeting/
by AlbertHammond
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Missouri Suburbs
Topic: Crescent Creek in Raytown
Replies: 36
Views: 3841

Re: Crescent Creek in Raytown

I was digging around and stumbled onto this thread and this development. It looks like it stalled out around 2005 and never restarted.
https://goo.gl/maps/rbNWoBFzCHD2
by AlbertHammond
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 73
Views: 5609

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

Here is your chance to give praise or throw tomatoes at Mr. Marohn. He is speaking as part of the KC Library series on January 30th. https://www.strongtowns.org/eventspage/2018/1/30/kansas-city-mo On the same night, Peter Kageyama is speaking in Overland Park. http://www.fortheloveofcities.com/in-th...
by AlbertHammond
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel (20th & Main)
Replies: 207
Views: 27829

Re: OFFICIAL - Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel (20th & Main)

it's all very nice inside, but doesn't make up for the horrendous ground-floor experience. If we want to be a great city, we cannot keep allowing this to happen. A city is not just about "density". Allowing what to happen? Making the ground floor use better would theoretically increase de...
by AlbertHammond
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel (20th & Main)
Replies: 207
Views: 27829

Re: OFFICIAL - Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel (20th & Main)

DaveKCMO wrote: it's all very nice inside, but doesn't make up for the horrendous ground-floor experience.

If we want to be a great city, we cannot keep allowing this to happen. A city is not just about "density".
by AlbertHammond
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Dismantling of Great Mall (ongoing)
Replies: 169
Views: 17819

Re: Dismantling of Great Mall (ongoing)

Sani wrote:I thought this would have gotten a more recent post. Huh. At any rate...


Us Kansans like to throw good money after bad. :( This is not STAR bond worthy.
by AlbertHammond
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3249
Views: 266487

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

While I agree with your assessment of most nursing care facilities, I believe this development will be 'luxury senior living,' rather than a nursing home or maybe even assisted living. A lot of wealthy seniors live in South Plaza condos or places like the Walnuts, and I have a feeling this will be ...
by AlbertHammond
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3249
Views: 266487

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

^Careful, chingon might call you out for stereotyping. The building comes with a large garage, won't be surprising if most drive the two blocks to Plaza. Forget it. 99% of people that live in nursing care facilities are not able to walk a block. I am not stereotyping. I have designed sites for them...
by AlbertHammond
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1706
Views: 168080

Re: Westport

Wasn't sure where to put this one....I guess the Westport is close enough. Anyone know why this building is currently being demoed? This city is getting knocked down faster than it is being built up. https://goo.gl/maps/fodpk8xnQF32 Photo taken this morning... https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4683/241...
by AlbertHammond
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham
Replies: 181
Views: 25648

Re: Martini Corner near 31st/Gilham

Gilham Road curves to the east at 34th Street, then heads north in an alignment on Cherry for three blocks, to 31st, before heading back west in front of El Torreon. Historically, it continued north to 25th Street and then curved into Pershing. When the flatter alignment was established on Locust f...
by AlbertHammond
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: West 39th Street Apartments
Replies: 71
Views: 5458

Re: West 39th Street Apartments

don't fight this project because of aesthetics. if you want better, lobby for design guidelines (which we clearly don't have) or get a meeting with the developer. why give opponents the ammunition when you won't get what you want with internet chatter? taking the long view, things are improving and...
by AlbertHammond
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: West 39th Street Apartments
Replies: 71
Views: 5458

Re: West 39th Street Apartments

Related: Here is the other project on the same TIF application at 3260 Main. It suffers that same problem, though not quite as bad because the larger lot reduces the dominance of the drive aprons. (click image to see better detail) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4478/23905893428_4a37d6dc31_k.jpg
by AlbertHammond
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: West 39th Street Apartments
Replies: 71
Views: 5458

Re: West 39th Street Apartments

Why don't we force these project to have a better relationship to the public realm? I am all for the density, but jeez...this thing is bad. It is all drive aprons and a tiny lobby. How hateful! (click image to see better detail) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4512/37049814154_7d83ea6068_k.jpg
by AlbertHammond
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: Liberty Memorial Mystery Building
Replies: 5
Views: 922

Re: Liberty Memorial Mystery Building

THE KANSAS CITY TIMES, SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1985 THE FORMER BRUCE DODSON INSURANCE BUILDING is to be remodeled and connected with St. Mary’s hospital in a project that will be started Monday. The hospital will use the 2-story building for a medical library, laboratory, auditorium, classroom and other ...
by AlbertHammond
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: West 39th Street Apartments
Replies: 71
Views: 5458

Re: West 39th Street Apartments

DaveKCMO wrote:Or put 39th on a road diet...

ditto

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