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by herrfrank
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Proposed tower on Plaza
Replies: 30
Views: 995

Re: Proposed tower on Plaza

https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2018/12/11/country-club-plaza-church-mixed-use-conversion.html For the love of god, the press and residents are all against this for all the wrong reasons. It's time to let the "bowl" concept go and allow the Plaza area to develop. A 12 story building tot...
by herrfrank
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 777
Views: 104065

Re: Troost developments

Developing vacant land and vacant buildings into housing and commercial space which can offer services is a neighborhood benefit. Yeah, it’s an interesting situation because it’s nice to have the new buildings but developers aren’t doing any of this for altruistic reasons (not do I expect them to b...
by herrfrank
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: The Official Kansas City Weather Thread
Replies: 841
Views: 68598

Re: The Official Kansas City Weather Thread

The roads in Jo Co are clear to pavement today. As soon as I crossed State Line Road, I encountered basically unplowed roads -- as in, never plowed, just compacted from traffic into hard ice. With the exception of Ward Parkway and Southwest Trafficway, the great majority of city thoroughfares are st...
by herrfrank
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 84
Views: 12611

Significant fire at City Center Place

Significant fire last weekend at City Center Place, ironically just behind the exterior wall where the Sungevity signage was recently removed. Hypothesis is that debris in the boiler flue ignited, causing fire damage to the office part of the USPS post office. Downtown, full-service postal services ...
by herrfrank
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Highway bridge in Fairway
Replies: 52
Views: 8293

Re: Highway bridge in Fairway

Related Fairway topic. Not about the bridge for Mission Road, but related to the north-south distributor road to its east, Belinder Road has undergone major changes this week. The triangle merge for Belinder and State Park Roads has been closed off. Belinder now turns sharply at its southern end int...
by herrfrank
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Tension Envelope Building
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Re: Tension Envelope Building

Tension envelope is the family business of one of Kansas City's six living mayors. (Hint: it's not Mayor Wheeler). The family name was anglicized along the way, similar to the surname of another KC scion from the same neighborhood.
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1878
Views: 226150

Re: Westport

...And may not be doable with 3 lanes each way unless using lights. Doesn't seem like there can be a good solution that everyone would like. What about hiring the Boring Company to bury SW Tfway from Plaza to downtown? This is not such a farfetched idea (at least the tunnel idea -- not sure about E...
by herrfrank
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Misc Crossroads News
Replies: 2375
Views: 287565

Re: Misc Crossroads News

Grinders makes the London newspapers...

https://dailym.ai/2pjOToy
by herrfrank
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 430
Views: 44791

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Says here that KC Star has more subscriptions than StL Post Dispatch https://247wallst.com/media/2017/01/24/americas-100-largest-newspapers/ The data in the linked article (150k subscribers) is from 2015. If the upthread article with 2017-2018 data is correct at 80k Sunday, 63k weekdays, then the S...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 430
Views: 44791

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Between June 30, 2017, and June 30, 2018, home delivery of the Sunday Star fell by nearly 13 percent, from 92,247 copies to 80,444 copies. During the same period, home delivery of the Monday-Friday Star dropped by slightly more than 16 percent, from 74,660 to 62,470. In addition, the much-touted — ...
by herrfrank
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Interstate 70 KC to St Louis
Replies: 39
Views: 2461

Re: Interstate 70 KC to St Louis

Could Drivers Ed just be getting worse? I had a gf from Texas and she was a terrible driver, she would always drive in the Left Lane while people passed her in the Right Lane, I was embarrassed while in the car. I just couldn't take it anymore so I had to basically teach her the rules of the road. ...
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Commerce Tower
Replies: 278
Views: 47032

Re: OFFICIAL - Commerce Tower

Brodees wrote: but I swear there's a south-to-north downward incline that I don't recall noticing before the reno.
You are correct. The flooring for this retail space (CVS) was built to accommodate the slight incline on Main in order to have doors on both streets (as originally designed).
by herrfrank
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Clay Chastain coming back with light rail
Replies: 1675
Views: 109937

Re: Clay Chastain coming back with light rail

The last time I saw a Chastainian acolyte collecting signatures was 2014 in the foyer of Price Chopper/ Milgram's in Brookside (at B'kside Plaza and Meyer). My elderly father flew into full curmudgeon mode and interrogated him about Chastain's Virginia residence.
by herrfrank
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Linwood Presbyterian Church plan moves forward
Replies: 25
Views: 4123

Re: Linwood Presbyterian Church plan moves forward

I believe that the building closed as a Presbyterian church in the 1970s. Linwood Presbyterian was a thriving church in the 1950s, but the neighborhood was well into its decline by 1960. There was a massive bell in the main tower. Not sure if it is still there or not. The place does have a legacy; s...
by herrfrank
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Fixing p&l traffic backups
Replies: 74
Views: 11252

Re: Fixing p&l traffic backups

I work from time to time in One KC Place. The Berkeley CA diagram is a good approximation. The Baltimore entry to the One KC garage is also three half-levels above the Main Street entry. To switch between the "Baltimore floors" and the "Main Street floors", you have to cross over at certain junction...
by herrfrank
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: New AMTRAK route between Kansas City and Oklahoma City
Replies: 151
Views: 18301

Re: New AMTRAK route between Kansas City and Oklahoma City

I wonder if a new route from KC to Wichita would also facilitate a dream among some Amtrak long distance managers to re-route the Southwest Chief on the higher-speed and double-tracked BNSF mainline (the line by I-35 that bypasses Olathe and heads south to Wichita and Amarillo, eventually turning we...
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Amazon searching for second HQ
Replies: 344
Views: 40706

Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

I'm fairly certain that Amazon HQ2 is Atlanta's to lose. They have a huge site (the old Fort McPherson, partly owned by entertainer Tyler Perry) ready for build out. Fort McPherson abuts two, already-functioning, high-capacity mass transit stops, 15 minutes direct-to-terminal to the world's largest ...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Eclipse
Replies: 46
Views: 5227

Re: Eclipse

Our group of four had two plans. Plan A was to head north toward Excelsior Springs, but with the rain and the winds from the southwest, we switched to Plan B. Headed east on old US 40, monitoring the cloud cover as it cleared from the southwest following the rain. Chose to watch from Odessa MO rathe...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Eclipse
Replies: 46
Views: 5227

Re: Eclipse

Thunderstorms rolling in now at 9am. Hoping they keep moving to the northeast...
by herrfrank
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Airport (MKC)
Replies: 20
Views: 3701

Re: Downtown Airport (MKC)

That's the Commerce Bank 10th and Walnut Home Office with the courtyard (since closed in) in the lower right of the picture