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by AlbertHammond
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1933
Views: 240244

Re: Westport

you never know....
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by AlbertHammond
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1933
Views: 240244

Re: Westport

Darlene wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:48 am
I think they are making a good choice there. It will be good for traffic to add more parking in there.
...and we all know "what's good for traffic is good for the city". At least that's what I read in my 1970's city building manual. ;-)
by AlbertHammond
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza Residential Development
Replies: 47
Views: 3373

Re: Plaza Residential Development

They are two car garages. Wow....that is very inefficient use of space. Well, at least that means the door and driveway won't be a full 2-car width, though clearly not a lean 1-car width either. I guess with self-driving cars, the drivers don't have to worry about clipping the other car during this...
by AlbertHammond
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza Residential Development
Replies: 47
Views: 3373

Re: Plaza Residential Development

flyingember wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:57 pm
Have you ever heard of a tandem garage?
Sure, but that is not what people prefer. Those are good for bikes, mowers, toys or hobby cars. Not so much daily driven cars. Too much jockeying of cars that are in each other's way. I doubt that is intended.
by AlbertHammond
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza Residential Development
Replies: 47
Views: 3373

Re: Plaza Residential Development

I've heard these are all actually two-car garages. One entrance, but designed with enough space to fit two. Wha!??? Then that is a clue that the images are cheats. The graphic narrows the garage door to minimize the yuck. These graphics are used to sell the idea, but are lies to reality. https://i....
by AlbertHammond
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza Residential Development
Replies: 47
Views: 3373

Re: Plaza Residential Development

I don't hate this redevelopment, but I don't love it either. Architecturally, these homes are fine. Drawings are a start, but often the builder changes things and fouls up proportions of windows and materials to acquire standard sizes. Let's hope that does not happen. What I don't love is the garage...
by AlbertHammond
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: 95 Metcalf South update and former Sears
Replies: 5
Views: 981

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: 3826
Views: 380214

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: 3826
Views: 380214

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: 1768
Views: 170669

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: 1933
Views: 240244

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: 1933
Views: 240244

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: 1933
Views: 240244

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: 1672

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: 176
Views: 20868

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: 176
Views: 20868

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: 176
Views: 20868

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: 176
Views: 20868

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: 176
Views: 20868

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: 1327

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...