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by herrfrank
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 459
Views: 57341

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Based on the fact The Kansas City Star has elected to completely dismiss their Business desk; I regard the publication as only marginally relevant. HerrFrank brings up a good point: Palm Beach Post (which I read when I am at the Delray house) is neighborhood-centric. They have an editorial desk for...
by herrfrank
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 459
Views: 57341

Re: Layoffs at The Star

I've also read that the Star generates only $10 million annual revenue, so somewhat less than 100k per employee. That's unsustainable. I'm afraid that further cuts are likely. Again, just as a comparison, the PB Post generates $70 million annual revenue, around 1MM per employee. (Like the Star , the...
by herrfrank
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 459
Views: 57341

Re: Layoffs at The Star

The February article from KCUR states that more than 50 journalists at The Kansas City Star were offered early retirement packages and roughly half accepted. It then goes on to describe a newsroom with "several score" of journalists remaining (so let's say 70 -- halfway between three score and four ...
by herrfrank
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1016
Views: 102892

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

HOA also depends on number of amenities/services it provides or has to maintain. Swimming pools, large exercise rooms with a lot of equipment, number of door people, maintenance, receiving people. Staff can be as large as 12 or more people depending on what the building wants to offer. And some are...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1016
Views: 102892

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

Yes, they do. It's a doorman building with a tennis club, a pool, and a landscaped garden above street level, plus covered parking. The linked listing with the 1200/ month HOA fee for one of the x04 units at 1600 square feet doesn't seem crazy, but it probably keeps the sales price down from where i...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1016
Views: 102892

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

I don't live there, just know people that do. In my opinion, HOAs are 'reasonable' if they remain under 25% of the fair market rental value -- for example, an apartment that would sell for 800k to 1MM should rent for circa 4000 per month, and the HOA fee should not exceed 1000 per month. Like taxes,...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1016
Views: 102892

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

I was looking at the penthouse in SF Tower a few years ago. Amazing space, huge deck overlooking DT and Liberty Memorial. Modern kitchen. Started at $1.5m and literally got down to $50k. Confused until I saw that the HOA fees were $10k/month. >> These HOA fees are comparable to those paid by folks ...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Saxon at the Midland (formerly Midland Office Building)
Replies: 34
Views: 3688

Re: Saxon at the Midland (formerly Midland Office Building)

I don't see any mention of income requirements on these. What guarantee is there that these will go to the folks that the affordable housing uproar represents? Why would they not be snatched up by businesses that routinely house employees or by folks that want a second home in town? (Though, maybe ...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 181
Views: 13375

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

When did the concourse get divided for security? I remember flying as a kid in the 80s and it was open. So easy! I believe there was just a metal detector at the gate. Drop your bags, walk to gate and go. The gates got metal detectors almost immediately after KCI opened for service. However, there ...
by herrfrank
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park
Replies: 153
Views: 20023

Re: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park

For hotels, the Hyatt is much closer to the Liberty Memorial than the Sheraton. It's on the skyway to the train stop or you can come out at street level and it's ~3 city blocks walking distance. I believe you mean the Westin Crown Center is much closer -- the original hotel. The Hyatt Regency was t...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park
Replies: 153
Views: 20023

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: 7348

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: 1016
Views: 102892

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: 143
Views: 20251

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: 126
Views: 8798

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: OFFICIAL - Lightwell (formerly City Center Square)
Replies: 254
Views: 31817

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: 406
Views: 100480

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: 406
Views: 100480

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: 126
Views: 8798

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: 37660

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 $...