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by rxlexi
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Light Rail Systems And Routes In Other Cities
Replies: 563
Views: 59380

Re: Light Rail Systems And Routes In Other Cities

We need Dave to give us a summary of his thoughts on The Hop. I'm mildly skeptical because its a couplet with a directional change (N/S to E/W) but I also don't really know the layout of Milwaukee. It just causes me to think of Cincy which has struggled. Agree on all points. Visited (and fell for) ...
by rxlexi
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Brookside
Replies: 156
Views: 28547

Re: Brookside

Cover story in KCBJ re: Rigby and Hoffman's East Brookside. Currently subscriber only. https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2018/11/16/cover-story-reaching-to-the-east-side.html A few highlights: Desire to keep commercial rents reasonable, neighborhood feel. Hoping to create a sense of desira...
by rxlexi
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Crossroads Westside
Replies: 93
Views: 21927

Re: OFFICIAL - Crossroads Westside

The vacation request was on the 10/31 CPC agenda. Hasn't been that long.
Good to know this is still in process. Is a logical, attractive update to what is currently a tiny patch of unused greenspace directly in front of this development. Hope it comes to fruition.
by rxlexi
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - New Downtown YMCA (former Lyric Theater)
Replies: 252
Views: 30112

Re: OFFICIAL - New Downtown YMCA (former Lyric Theater)

From what I've heard the owner of the business on the SW corner of 11th and Central is paying to have the west wall reconstructed in a "historic" style so that the view from his offices will be "better". Seems unfortunate because it ruins the interplay of the old and new together. Interesting if tr...
by rxlexi
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Amazon searching for second HQ
Replies: 340
Views: 37397

Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Could you imagine if Walmart went from being this small retail company to getting involved in all aspects of things related to the internet (Our Lives). There would be outrage.
Can you imagine if Walmart put a multi-thousand job satellite office in DT KC? There would be celebration :D
by rxlexi
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Amazon searching for second HQ
Replies: 340
Views: 37397

Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Amazon is putting 5000 corporate jobs in Nashville Yards development, DT Nashville. That city is on fire.

Would be incredible to see something like this in north or east loop. We have a long way to go.

https://www.tennessean.com/story/money/ ... 986508002/
by rxlexi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - KC Star building redevelopment
Replies: 54
Views: 5790

Re: OFFICIAL - KC Star building redevelopment

I am assuming this development will be a bit like the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco?
I don't believe the Ferry Building has the same concentration of office space that is planned here, it is more exclusively a food hall, to the best of my knowledge.
by rxlexi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - KC Star building redevelopment
Replies: 54
Views: 5790

Re: OFFICIAL - KC Star building redevelopment

The Star has new info on this development - now named Grand Place. If it all comes together as planned, should be an amazing addition to the city.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/busines ... 07260.html
by rxlexi
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228457

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

It took around 10 years of talking with operators, banks, etc to come up with the financial arrangement for an 800 room hotel. They barely changed the design when the brand changed. It was never going to be anything except what it is today after about 2016. Is interesting to compare this to Indy, a...
by rxlexi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 4759
Views: 379580

Re: We need a new airport!!!

For sure, I don't mind a flat roof, in fact generally prefer them and wish they were used more frequently on the residential side in KC. Just this particular downgrade. We had a very nice, unique design, that was silently totally removed without any pushback. I will say that I appreciate that the la...
by rxlexi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 4759
Views: 379580

Re: We need a new airport!!!

They know where the structural walls will be and how the roof is designed.
Oh we know how the roof is going to be designed. Flat and cheap, missing the glorious wavy scallops that made for a masterful design in the first round of renderings. So frustrating, I can't let this go!
by rxlexi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - 21c Museum Hotel KC (former Savoy Hotel)
Replies: 361
Views: 55661

Re: OFFICIAL - 21c Museum Hotel KC (former Savoy Hotel)

It makes me sad the the stained glass windows taken out of the Savoy are being sold off piece-by-piece on Craigslist.
Wow, agree. Too bad they couldn't just be hidden away in the basement or something, until the next owner/concept. Always thought those looked great in the Savoy, original or not.
by rxlexi
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Out of Town Talk
Topic: Chess Hall of Fame (St Louis)
Replies: 6
Views: 3828

Re: Chess Hall of Fame (St Louis)

Best Fans in Chess (TM)
by rxlexi
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Ambassador Hotel (1111 Grand)
Replies: 140
Views: 22292

Re: Ambassador Hotel (1111 Grand)

It makes a great transition between the original ambassador, with its classical facade, and the plain midcentury modern traders on grand next door I agree, and I think Ambassador expansion looks even better in person. Perfect scale, really fills in that block. Also makes obvious how badly we need l...
by rxlexi
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 4759
Views: 379580

Re: We need a new airport!!!

The most interesting/damning thing to me about this process thus far is the lack of any final (or near final) renderings. Some articles use the older renderings, some the new. Seemingly no one differentiates because nothing has been confirmed. We still don't have a detailed idea of what we're gettin...
by rxlexi
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: East Village Transit Center
Replies: 26
Views: 1889

Re: East Village Transit Center

I am rarely on the side of folks calling for additional "greenspace", but downtown could use more small pocket parks, and I've always thought this site specifically could be a nice public square in the heart of the downtown loop. Think like a micro Fountain Square in Cincy. It is small enough, on th...
by rxlexi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown office vacancy
Replies: 95
Views: 14492

Re: Downtown office vacancy

It's the same thing that happened with apartment rates. KC maxed out on rent rates with renovated buildings and most people though the market had peaked. Till One Light opened and created a whole new product to satisfy a market that didn't really exist yet in KC and new construction rentals took of...
by rxlexi
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown office vacancy
Replies: 95
Views: 14492

Re: Downtown office vacancy

Interesting article by Collison. Overall I'd say the Starbucks story is more positive than negative. A company of that nature managed to take notice of DT KC and seriously consider it for a large office lease, presumably with little experience in the region beforehand. A lot of progress there. Also ...
by rxlexi
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2268
Views: 200623

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Some interesting thoughts here. I think streetcar extension to UMKC, if it remains free, will be a game changer, despite concerns about traffic/trip length. It makes the existing line exponentially more valuable, connects the two densest job and investment centers in the region and runs directly thr...