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by pash
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: On-going downtown development projects
Replies: 272
Views: 42547

Re: On-going downtown development projects

Don't forget the 400-unit apartment building going up at the riverfront. The last time I was down there, a few weeks ago, the footings were poured and it was about to start going vertical. The big story, I feel, is that development is finally moving beyond Greater Downtown and the Plaza. The buildin...
by pash
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: P&L District: 14th & Walnut Site Proposal
Replies: 316
Views: 31948

Re: P&L District: 14th & Walnut Site Proposal

Right, who waits at a green light for a walk signal that we've all learned isn't going to come if you weren't standing around waiting, having pushed the button, before the light turned? Not me. I thought that was one of the things the "smart city" infrastructure was meant to fix, with litt...
by pash
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: P&L District: 14th & Walnut Site Proposal
Replies: 316
Views: 31948

Re: P&L District: 14th & Walnut Site Proposal

automatic walk signs along the "smart" corridor are all but dead. There have been some improvements made but auto walk at the cycle change ain't happening. Why? Despite millions of dollars invested in sensors and control systems they can't manage to figure out when people want to cross th...
by pash
Tue May 23, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Remodeling Town Pavillion
Replies: 98
Views: 10396

Re: Remodeling Town Pavillion

Plowboys does seem to be doing very well.

There's a Facebook page for Chik n Pie. Not much there, but it says, "Chicken, Pizza, Burgers, Fries," and that they'll be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
by pash
Tue May 23, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Harlem district to E of downtown aiport
Replies: 12
Views: 885

Re: Harlem district to E of downtown aiport

seams like a good place for a couple of stadiums. FAA would never allow it over height concerns. Harlem is not in the flight paths of downtown airport, and the FAA's height contours for the airport do not cover the area. But I imagine they might have a problem with bright stadium lights there. The ...
by pash
Fri May 19, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 3185
Views: 148521

Re: We need a new airport!!!

4 international gates. Indeed, from the MOU between the city and the airlines [PDF]: Facility to include secure concourses providing concessions and customer amenities, capable of providing 35 ADG III aircraft ( including 4 City-controlled, internationally capable gates and associated Federal Inspe...
by pash
Fri May 19, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 3185
Views: 148521

Re: We need a new airport!!!

Number one international destination not served by KC is London. That would be fantastic, but I doubt it's ever going to happen unless there are big handouts involved—not just because KC's market is too small, but because you're going to fly almost within spitting distance of O'Hare on the direct r...
by pash
Fri May 19, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 3185
Views: 148521

Re: We need a new airport!!!

I think this deal shows a political spinelessness from our civic leaders. If they had any sort of will, they would put the airport question on the ballot as a public bond issue as originally planned. Right. The mayor and other advocates for a new terminal should be making their case to the public, ...
by pash
Fri May 19, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1084
Views: 57846

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Almost all of the area on a line north and south of Park Place is also outside the special assessment zone. The area directly north of Park Place is included only to make the boundary coincide with the the edge of the park, which is obviously irrelevant with respect to both votes and revenue. If any...
by pash
Fri May 19, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 3185
Views: 148521

Re: We need a new airport!!!

I don't think any of those pros is really true. Airport revenue bonds are their own sub-class of municipal bonds, and they are secured against airport revenues first, and against the city's general fund only secondarily. As I wrote previously, airport revenues are so predicatable and safe that airpo...
by pash
Sat May 13, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 3185
Views: 148521

Re: We need a new airport!!!

They tried the logical, factual route and got nowhere. No, they didn't. We had five-plus years of Mark Van Loh saying that we had to build a new terminal because it was necessary to comply with an EPA order to retain de-icing run-off (which involved work only on the de-icing stations, not the termi...
by pash
Sat May 13, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 3185
Views: 148521

Re: We need a new airport!!!

The voters are already bamboozled by their own ignorance regarding the entire issue. So the solution is more half-truths and deliberately misleading arguments from the mayor, council, airports department, and supporters of building a new terminal? I've made dozens of posts in this thread, and almos...
by pash
Fri May 12, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 3185
Views: 148521

Re: We need a new airport!!!

The details I've seen suggest this plan is pure politics, concocted so that its proponents can bandy about the phrase "privately financed" to bamboozle ignorant voters—and so that Burns & Mac can land a big no-bid contract. Private financing, which in this case seems to mean some combi...
by pash
Wed May 10, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1084
Views: 57846

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Sigh. "Bulldozing" is a metaphor. Let me be literal: I do not think actually tearing down Sherry DeJanes's fence and shed is a priority. But I do think that her actions should be exposed to public scrutiny, and that advocates for expanding the streetcar are doing their own efforts a great ...
by pash
Wed May 10, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1084
Views: 57846

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

No, that's not my point. My point is not that Sherry DeJanes is abusing the public to her own benefit and that her abuse should be ended. That's true, but it's secondary, because I agree with you: when push comes to shove, Sherry DeJanes's garden and shed will meet the bulldozer. My point is quite d...
by pash
Wed May 10, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1084
Views: 57846

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

But the KCATA is more like a private company instead of a government entity. No, it's not. The KCATA was created by an interstate compact between the legislatures of the states of Kansas and Missouri, approved by an act of the United States Congress, and it is statutorily defined as "a body co...
by pash
Mon May 08, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1084
Views: 57846

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Yes, she started the Save the Trolley Trail nonsense before the vote in 2014. Her efforts got the organizers of the 2014 expansion campaign to remove Brookside and Waldo, two neighborhoods broadly supportive of rail transit, from the voting district, and then she continued to lead the opposition to ...
by pash
Mon May 08, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1084
Views: 57846

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Big surprise that Sherry DeJanes and CFRG have teamed up. Per Reddit , the address on the mailers is Sherry DeJanes's law firm, and she is registered as treasurer of Be Smart KC, the organization that sent them out. The videos hartliss linked confirm that, and make clear that CFRG paid for them. I s...
by pash
Mon May 08, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1084
Views: 57846

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

This is Sherry DeJanes and company again, in case you were wondering.
by pash
Thu May 04, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Two Light - 14th & Grand
Replies: 405
Views: 55167

Re: Two Light - 14th & Grand

The original design called for balconies on the south side, but they had to be scrapped for "Juliet" balconies because federal housing rules do not permit full balconies in an environment that is as loud as the building's south facade.

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