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by tower
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Regional GDP
Replies: 16
Views: 1030

Re: Regional GDP

The comparison in GDP is between countries and the Kansas City Metro , not the State of Missouri. For comparison though, Missouri's GDP in 2012 was $252.6 Billion. Slovenia's was $45.2 Billion. Slovenia's population in 2015 was 2,074,788. Missouri's in 2015 was 6,072,640. I'm using 2015 because it ...
by tower
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Regional GDP
Replies: 16
Views: 1030

Re: Regional GDP

Slovenia actually has a slightly lower population, so they have a higher GDP per capita than Metro KC. Crazy to think that there are countries that are that small. Even though they have a smaller GDP than metro KC, and presumably a much smaller budget than the state of Missouri, their educational sy...
by tower
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Regional GDP
Replies: 16
Views: 1030

Re: Regional GDP

This really highlights how much influence Johnson County should/will have over Kansas. 19% of the population (2015), 29% percent of the GDP (2015), and 47% of GDP growth (2012-2015). Edit: Missouri side of KC is 23.39% of MO economy, STL 45.27%. KC was responsible for 42.48% of MO GDP growth during ...
by tower
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: High Speed Rail - someday?
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: High Speed Rail - someday?

Every time a city doubles in population, they get about a 15% productivity boost due to the efficiency of the labor market. A rail link of an hour would have less of an impact than that, but it would still be pretty big for the areas near the station. A ticket between the cities would still be relat...
by tower
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Urban Living
Topic: Be a Walkable Activist too
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Re: Be a Walkable Activist too

I agree. This is so simple. If we regulate small businesses more, we can improve so many things in our city. All businesses, no matter the size, should provide covered secure parking for their employees who bike. Because if your bike gets wet, it's harder to ride and it might leave a wet spot on yo...
by tower
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza Residential Development
Replies: 47
Views: 3315

Re: Plaza Residential Development

Most people that can afford a half million dollar home insist on at least 2 car garage. Indeed not having a 3 car garage is slumming it. All the new infill single family on Union Hill has 2 car garage. Maybe you are a hoarder but most people do not "just fill half their garage with junk anyway." He...
by tower
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza Residential Development
Replies: 47
Views: 3315

Re: Plaza Residential Development

I'd call those garages one car garages in practice. It would be an extremely tight fit with two normal size cars, and most people just fill half their garage with junk anyway. Considering the location and the fact that that neighborhood has street parking, a one car garage still isn't needed, but I ...
by tower
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Midwest parking/transit access report
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Midwest parking/transit access report

The North Oak bus runs about once an hour on the weekend. The one time I tried to ride that bus, my first bus was running late and I missed the connection by mere minutes. Never again.
by tower
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 227
Views: 24601

Re: Five Light

I haven't heard any criticism about the height or design. I wouldn't have brought it up, but they are grouping the garage facade as well, and I just found that a little odd.
by tower
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 227
Views: 24601

Re: Five Light

Anyone else think the facade was specifically designed to make the rendering look shorter than it is? I feel like the render is meant to look like a 9 story addition. Of course it will look big when it was done, but maybe the developers thought it would draw less criticism if people think it isn't p...
by tower
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Are downtown apartment occupancy rapidly trending down?
Replies: 68
Views: 4169

Re: Are downtown apartment occupancy rapidly trending down?

The LCRA documents for the Muehlbach apartment/office/hotel project had some vacancy figures for some buildings downtown that I thought I'd pass along... P&L Apartments - 291 units - 10.0% vacancy (29) - Opened 2016 531 Grand - 185 units - 4.3% vacancy (8) - Opened 2017 River Market West - 137 unit...
by tower
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Misc Crossroads News
Replies: 2416
Views: 300139

Re: Misc Crossroads News

I'm a germaphobe and that never occurred to me. Now I feel sick. I guess I subconsciously assumed the high ABV of the beer styles I prefer would take care of that sort of cross-contamination. Not unless you like beer that's stronger than liquor. Even 10% alcohol might as well be water, as far at th...
by tower
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Regional GDP
Replies: 16
Views: 1030

Re: Regional GDP

Thanks! I was just looking for something like this the other day.
by tower
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 569
Views: 31391

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Directing the money toward affordable housing probably makes it more likely that we will be preempted, imo. Putting tax money toward helping the business that we are taxing would play better in a conservative legislature. As for Lime and Bird, if I were them, I would lobby for a preemtion bill and t...
by tower
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1931
Views: 239305

Re: Westport

My long shot guess is that Char Bar will either temporarily or permanently move to McCoy's/Sailor Jack's space, using the currently parking lot as a lawn. This would let Char Bar to be unaffected by the construction noise, particulates, etc. from the Westport Manor project. The construction crew cou...
by tower
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Amazon searching for second HQ
Replies: 344
Views: 42990

Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

(Calling Crystal City the 'D.C. suburbs' is a bit of a stretch.) In more ways than one: The Supreme Court of the United States has never issued a firm opinion on whether the retrocession of the Virginia portion of the District of Columbia was constitutional. In the 1875 case of Phillips v. Payne th...
by tower
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Amazon searching for second HQ
Replies: 344
Views: 42990

Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

I agree with the talent theory. Amazon looked for locations with transit, but they prioritized workforce size and universities, I'm. But the city discovered its distance from the coasts was a problem, not a perk. “We were told when we didn’t make the final 20 that there was some concern about the si...
by tower
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bike Lanes
Replies: 305
Views: 43587

Re: Bike Lanes

Snow plows should push the snow as far to the right of the lane as they can without risking damage to the parked cars, but that means that a lot of snow will still end up on the unprotected bike lane. Also, clearing more than the width of the blades would require multiple passes, which takes time th...
by tower
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3826
Views: 379485

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

It would also go pretty far towards revitalizing the area if the just sold the two lots they own north of 43rd to developers and gave land to the city to connect Washington Street to Mill Street.
by tower
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Sprint sale rumors again
Replies: 210
Views: 44573

Re: Sprint sale rumors again

Imagine being so rich you buy a mansion instead of paying for a hotel for one week out of the year.