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by herrfrank
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park
Replies: 145
Views: 18525

Re: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park

The Nelson-Atkins also has John the Baptist's finger bone. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/holy-finger-kansas-city Relics are fascinating, often simply for the circuitous route the alleged artifacts took to arrive at their modern home. I was in Istanbul last month and gazed upon Moses' staff (p...
by herrfrank
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: West Plaza
Replies: 66
Views: 6813

Re: West Plaza

Perhaps KCRag needs a separate thread for discussion of Southwest Trafficway and its arterial feeders (Belleview and Madison). SW Trfwy items pop up in all manner of unrelated threads. Moderators, please consider this.
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 933
Views: 97732

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

Milano is closing. The restaurant was formerly the "Crystal Pavilion," home to endless prom dates in the 1980s. It was not part of the original Crown Center build-out but appeared a few years later in 1982. The staff from Milano are moving to "One East" as in 1 E. Pershing Road, the new name for the...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 138
Views: 17492

Re: Affordable Housing

Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/18/upshot/cities-across-america-question-single-family-zoning.html I read the linked article, and I have to say that the NYT is about 90 years late in discovering this outrage. S...
by herrfrank
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Property Tax Assessments 2019
Replies: 101
Views: 5550

Re: Property Tax Assessments 2019

County extended the BOE appeal deadline to the end of the month and are considering capping increases at 12-14%. Is that cap for residential only? A lot of the big increases (2x, 3x, even more) are on commercial properties. Not saying the new assessments are not correct -- just wondering how long f...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 231
Views: 29274

Re: City Center Square for sale

We may have jinxed it.... Both the Chinese place "Koko Teriyaki" and the Burger place have been closed by the KCMO Fire Marshall. Sometime before the Independence Day holiday. Still closed today July 8, and the closures look rather permanent. Apparently, it was natural gas or exhaust related (sign s...
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Buildings with Activity
Replies: 390
Views: 97440

Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

KCPowercat wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:12 am
The new apartments have an indoor dog park in that safety deposit space I thought?
Wow -- well that vault always smelled funny before, although just old-office musty, not dog-park sh*tty.
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Buildings with Activity
Replies: 390
Views: 97440

Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Speaking of that building Commerce is moving their branch on walnut to the 10th and main corner. That's interesting -- they've operated at 10th and Walnut for over a century and spent $$$ to remodel that lobby maybe 25 years ago. It has an enormous cash vault, too. (There is also a mothballed cash ...
by herrfrank
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Property Tax Assessments 2019
Replies: 101
Views: 5550

Re: Property Tax Assessments 2019

Any increase that significantly exceeds the inflation rate has broad ramifications. Houses in Brookside, Waldo, Hyde Park have had $2000 to $3000 annual tax bills for decades. For those to suddenly jump to five figure bills is unacceptable. Does not bode well.
by herrfrank
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Next Mayor 2019
Replies: 545
Views: 34122

Re: Next Mayor 2019

I received three unsolicited text messages since 2017 from my Volvo dealership in Florida. I did have a business relationship with them, as they service my car during the winter. Last month, I received a postcard from some Big Law muckety-mucks informing me that I will soon receive a form to claim $...
by herrfrank
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 231
Views: 29274

Re: City Center Square for sale

smh wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:45 am
Someone should probably keep an eye on that pile of wood that's burning.
Lolz -- good point considering recent history.
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 231
Views: 29274

Re: City Center Square for sale

Musical update: the new owners, in keeping with the construction date of City Center Square, have selected an all-1970s soft rock musical score for the public spaces. Just heard "A Little More Love" by Olivia Newton-John and "Midnight at the Oasis" by Maria Muldaur while waiting in line at the Chine...
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 2217
Views: 285264

Re: Westport

FangKC wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:21 pm
Regardless, crime happens even in Overland Park.
Technically, zero crime occurred in this shooting. Self-protection -- a "justified kill." There was an attempted armed robbery, but as the perp has since died -- no crime to tabulate.
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 231
Views: 29274

Re: City Center Square for sale

They should just offer them a better space elsewhere and help them move. A small price to clear the holdouts. When I spoke with the franchisee a few weeks ago, he said the lease vacate offer made by the new building owners was pathetic -- something like $10,000. This was before Subway moved. The bu...
by herrfrank
Thu May 16, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: The KCMO School District
Replies: 1035
Views: 152486

Re: The KCMO School District

It is long past time for the KCMSD to stop quarreling with half of its population. One solution: let neighborhoods vote to join abutting districts. Brookside could join the Center district and re-open Southwest as another high school in that district. Old Northeast could join the Independence distri...
by herrfrank
Thu May 09, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Union Station
Replies: 1579
Views: 143315

Re: Union Station

Back in the 1970s and 1980s the building was open, at least until the separate Amshack opened in 1985. The Amtrak ticket counter was in a bouncy house in the middle of the main floor (Amtrak did not want to heat the whole station). Some freight operations continued, and there were a sprinkling of wo...
by herrfrank
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Henry Wollman Bloch has died
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Henry Wollman Bloch has died

Henry W. Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, died today at his home in Mission Hills. KC Southwest HS class of 1939 IIRC.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... dies-at-96
by herrfrank
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 231
Views: 29274

Re: City Center Square for sale

Also, Wrap-it-up, the Mexican restaurant in the food court will be moving -- sometime this summer -- to a location near 9th and Baltimore.
by herrfrank
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 231
Views: 29274

Re: City Center Square for sale

Rumor: Mega-retailer Target will be fitting a small-format store in the former food court of City Center Square (first floor). Between the escalators and the back stairs. All of the food court restaurants/ walls/ fixtures to be removed. Jason's Deli, Domino's, and Starbucks to remain. Rumor from som...
by herrfrank
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Academie Lafayette
Replies: 44
Views: 3187

Re: Academie Lafayette

This is a fun one, because even while the KCPS Board was in charge of 70,000 students and schools were neighborhood-based, the board was drawing and redrawing attendance boundaries to keep schools de facto segregated, including Southwest. The Troost Wall is largely the result of the school board's ...