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by herrfrank
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Clay Chastain coming back with light rail
Replies: 1675
Views: 93562

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: 3506

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: 6249

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...
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: 16880

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: 310
Views: 29362

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: 4001

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: 4001

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: 3020

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
by herrfrank
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments
Replies: 727
Views: 66206

Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

hartliss wrote:Delta begins new nonstop service between MCI and Boston in October. One flight per day.


This has been moved up to September, and the airline (Delta) is currently offering the fare at a discounted price.
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Out of Town Talk
Topic: Is Reagan to blame for the downfall of St Louis?
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

Re: Is Reagan to blame for the downfall of St Louis?

First off, the blame would be Paul Volcker's, primarily, as he morphed from an antitrust guy to a more accommodating stance; the blame would not assign to a hands-off president like Reagan. Secondly, if you accept this deregulatory hypothesis (I would argue that regional antitrust bias was on its wa...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL: Penn Valley Park (Ideas+redeveloment)
Replies: 739
Views: 57757

Re: OFFICIAL: Penn Valley Park (Ideas+redeveloment)

The recent restriping of I-35 has actually resulted in an acceleration, rather than the desired deceleration, of Broadway northbound through Penn Valley Park. The yield sign at the I-35 onramp has been removed, and Broadway now has a dedicated, full-speed lane on I-35. (Formerly, SW Tfwy had both on...
by herrfrank
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Missouri Suburbs
Topic: Did section 8 housing kill Bannister Mall?
Replies: 78
Views: 10384

Re: Did section 8 housing kill Bannister Mall?

In the early and mid 80's KCMO began buying houses a ton of houses in the Ruskin, SKC, Hickman Mills area.  In some parts, near Loma Vista shopping center, Longview and Blue Ridge Blvd etc, one in three houses were section 8 low income housing.  At the same time, all the existing apartments in the ...
by herrfrank
Wed May 10, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCMO Downtown Streetcar
Replies: 5308
Views: 394664

Re: KCMO Downtown Streetcar

The city really should have delayed Monday's opening time rather than revert to a 11pm closure on Sunday, because they _advertised_ the extension until midnight. I wonder if work rules had something to do with this kerfuffle. I've walked from 12th/ Main to 20th/ Wyandotte when I've just missed the s...
by herrfrank
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Highways to Boulevards
Replies: 28
Views: 3180

Re: Highways to Boulevards

So are the median portions, the ultra wide ones between 51st and Gregory open for development? Or is MoDot banking those in hopes of someday making it a full interstate highway. I'm betting on the latter. The whole project seems like a huge FU to the neighborhood. Right down to naming an overpass a...
by herrfrank
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Highways to Boulevards
Replies: 28
Views: 3180

Re: Highways to Boulevards

A recent discussion on Reddit about US-71 brought to mind that, in my opinion, despite being only 16 years old now, the Bruce R Watkins Drive spur of US-71 really should also be decommissioned and turned into a Boulevard or Parkway. Right now it's trying to be a horrid, inefficient mix of highway a...
by herrfrank
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Myrtle Bennett trial "The Bridge Game Murder"
Replies: 1
Views: 549

Myrtle Bennett trial "The Bridge Game Murder"

With the successful conclusion of the NABC tournament here in Kansas City, I thought it timely to post references to the infamous Bridge Game murder and trial that dominated the KC headlines from 1929-1931. Myrtle Bennett, of the 900 block of Ward Parkway, murdered her husband John during a long nig...
by herrfrank
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCMO Downtown Streetcar
Replies: 5308
Views: 394664

Re: KCMO Downtown Streetcar

The streetcar got a positive shout-out in the American Contract Bridge League national glossy magazine in March, Bridge Bulletin . (Our semiannual national bridge tournament was held in March in Kansas City at the Crown Center hotels.) "The Sheraton Kansas City and Westin Kansas City are connec...
by herrfrank
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Sprint sale rumors again
Replies: 196
Views: 30901

Re: Sprint sale rumors again

Yeah and I don't see why Deutsche Telcom (Tmobile's owner) would want Sprint's debt. Softbank (Sprint's owner) wants TMO but DT probably doesn't need or want Sprint. If Softbank gets TMO, is likely TMO leadership stays though, so bad for KC. Comcast better for KC than TMO. It's Telekom. Deutsche Te...
by herrfrank
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Parking Enforcement
Replies: 36
Views: 5209

Re: Downtown Parking Enforcement

Editing to add context... Today I had to run a lunchtime errand near 10th and Broadway, and as I was in my car already, I drove there. Every car in the metered spots between B'way and Central had an expired meter. I suspect these cars had been there since 9am. I felt foolish feeding the meter sevent...
by herrfrank
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Parking Enforcement
Replies: 36
Views: 5209

Re: Downtown Parking Enforcement

Has anyone seen a ticketed car downtown in the last several months? Walking in the blocks near my building at 12th and Main, I often see cars (or more frequently tradesmen trucks) parked all day at an expired metered spot or all day at a two-hour timed spot. It's often the same vehicles day after da...

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