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by tower
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion
Replies: 73
Views: 3372

Re: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion

kcjak wrote:A roundabout with a train involved sounds like a horrible idea for a region where people aren't used to maneuvering around a train.


It would have to go straight through the middle. I can't find it now, but I'm pretty sure I've seen a picture of a tram going through a roundabout like that in Poland.
by tower
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification
Replies: 41
Views: 2326

Re: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification

Most post WWII lots are way too huge. But how can areas developed like that be infilled? Accessory Dwelling Units (granny flats). The city can also incentivize people to split up the lot when rebuilding by banning extra large houses. The problem is that to incentivize ADU's or splitting lots, our l...
by tower
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion
Replies: 73
Views: 3372

Re: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion

Light rail makes more sense to the TSC. This would also connect eastern suburbs to DT with Park and Ride to the RM. I disagree, in my opinion the purpose of these streetcars is connecting neighborhoods with frequent stops. It would cost more and be more inefficient for a commuter rail which would s...
by tower
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification
Replies: 41
Views: 2326

Re: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification

Hey! Not sure if this is the right place to post but I'm putting together a presentation about how KC has overbuilt low-density areas leading to massive detrimental long-term effects. I am currently struggling to find examples and data about the differences between dense and low density neighborhoo...
by tower
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Electric Park Neighborhood (East Bottoms)
Replies: 20
Views: 619

Re: Electric Park Neighborhood (East Bottoms)

Am I going crazy or wasn’t the original Electric Park somewhere near where Emmanuel Cleaver BLVD is today? Not the original. According to an article that this article linked to, the original was right next to the brewery- they even had beer piped over. As KC expanded south, the Heims decided to ope...
by tower
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Electric Park Neighborhood (East Bottoms)
Replies: 20
Views: 619

Re: Electric Park Neighborhood (East Bottoms)

^what businesses are they losing? I'm a little more optimistic about the specific area referenced. Knuckleheads has become it's own block between the original space, the gospel lounge and the garage. Local pig could very well spin off foodie collaborations with a sit down restaurant. All it would t...
by tower
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: KC CityState
Replies: 9
Views: 258

Re: KC CityState

States should have been designed to be more fluid, at least in the west. Most western states were laid out before anyone really even lived there. Unfortunately, for most of the history of the US, statehood was politicized because of slavery. Changing the makeup and location of states would be diffic...
by tower
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Electric Park Neighborhood (East Bottoms)
Replies: 20
Views: 619

Electric Park Neighborhood (East Bottoms)

Andy Rieger of J. Rieger is pursuing a plan to revitalize the area around the distillery and it trying to rebrand it as "Electric Park" after the old amusement park of the same name. https://cityscenekc.com/j-rieger-plans-ambitious-electric-park-redevelopment-in-east-bottoms/ I really like...
by tower
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Homogenization of KC
Replies: 9
Views: 308

Re: Homogenization of KC

I think the trick here is feeding the different aspects of our culture into a single narrative. I was in Columbus, OH recently, and while it has a lot of cool aspects, they do not feed into any broader narrative, which makes the city forgettable. It's just another rust belt city. I mentioned that to...
by tower
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KC area Transit master plan LIGHT RAIL OR BUST!
Replies: 35
Views: 2476

Re: KC area Transit master plan LIGHT RAIL OR BUST!

I heard today that the Chamber of Commerce is looking at an "AI Superhighway" as part of their transit initiative. Anyone else here something about this? It sounds awesome but I don't know what it means. Maybe this is their urban transit partership with google? It probably isn't self driv...
by tower
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1908
Views: 139458

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

One problem I I fell into is thinking too much in 2D. How do the stop placements work in terms shapes centered on top of them? (I used diamonds for comparison simplicity, easy to show E-W the same as N-S) Small diamonds https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I9I5LKj9zPl5LgMVz-L0qhaUvdUOWYN7&usp=shar...
by tower
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion
Replies: 73
Views: 3372

Re: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion

71 Highway is a high traffic route with a preexisting transit ROW(the center median is built to handle BRT or Rail). TOD is still possible even though it is median running. Right, but people don't really like to live next to highways. It's a little off-putting. It's sounds ok, especially if we expe...
by tower
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion
Replies: 73
Views: 3372

Re: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion

Depends on where they are coming from. Going from topgolf in OP to the Sprint center, 435 west to 35 is the same time as 435 east to 435 north to 70. Either way is only 2 minutes slower than 71. Of course there will be more traffic on 70, but if we tore down 35 going into downtown, then we have more...
by tower
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion
Replies: 73
Views: 3372

Re: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion

Couple Updates: I heard at a meeting today that an LR line from downtown KCMO to far down 71 highway (Harrisonville was mentioned) would only cost roughly $700m. Keep in mind that a single highway interchange costs roughly $500million. The ROW already exists and is gov. Owned so The only costs woul...
by tower
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd
Replies: 57
Views: 1801

Re: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd

Ok, new idea. Rename the city. King City. Keep KC initials and no longer have the confusion of having 2 kansas cities, and not being in the state of kansas. I'd rather rename the whole city than the Paseo. Let's do it. I kinda like the name King City too. King City Royals sounds pretty cool if you ...
by tower
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Urban Living
Topic: All may not be lost in Parking Garages - Look to Wichita for inspiration
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: All may not be lost in Parking Garages - Look to Wichita for inspiration

Pretty cool that it was able to provide parking right outside of the door. They say in the article that it was pretty expensive though, I think in many cases it might be more cost effective to tear down and build new. You could fit more apartments that way, and build higher. Tearing this down might ...
by tower
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Two Light - 14th & Grand
Replies: 881
Views: 106427

Re: Two Light - 14th & Grand

... Priority one should still be to make them work at the street level. Agreed. No one moves to a city just for the skyline at a specific angle. Someone might care about the skyline from their condo/apartment, but no one lives at liberty memorial. People do move to a city based off of how it feels ...
by tower
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Mapping Downtown Parking
Replies: 4
Views: 387

Re: Mapping Downtown Parking

On a related note, you can also map bicycle parking. There is an app called bicycle parking that allows users to mark bicycle parking. Kansas City is very empty on that app.
by tower
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Kansas City's Twin is Nashville says analysis
Replies: 11
Views: 892

Re: Kansas City's Twin is Nashville says analysis

^ I happen to be in Charlotte this week, and I have to say that it is much more interesting than I expected, although they have a long way to go.
by tower
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd
Replies: 57
Views: 1801

Re: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd

Renaming a street for MLK is a way for politicians and community leaders to pat themselves on the back without actually doing anything. That's why there is a MLK street in every city, not because of any other reason . "The Paseo" is at least unique among american cities.

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