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by herrfrank
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: The Official Kansas City Weather Thread
Replies: 851
Views: 72455

Re: The Official Kansas City Weather Thread

What is JoCo doing right? Are they spending more? Different plowing vendors? Someone at City Hall should call Olathe, because somehow KCMO is doing this wrong. Drive between Waldo and Prairie Village today -- the contrast is shocking -- streets completely clear on the Kansas side, to the pavement an...
by herrfrank
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: The Official Kansas City Weather Thread
Replies: 851
Views: 72455

Re: The Official Kansas City Weather Thread

Over/ under please on when the streets in the city will be cleared. Today after maybe six inches of fresh snow, we have some seriously under-plowed avenues in the middle of downtown
by herrfrank
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 65
Views: 6779

Re: Affordable Housing

Luxury housing turns into middle class housing with the passage of time. Miami is Exhibit A in this regard. High rises go up all the time, and the hot new high rises with whatever luxury is de rigueur at that moment, attract the new money from South America. Then five years pass, and these same peop...
by herrfrank
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Regional GDP
Replies: 17
Views: 1400

Re: Regional GDP

Slovenia houses one of my favorite hotels anywhere: the Vila Bled, on Lake Bled -- unbelievably attractive area. The people are good-looking, too.
by herrfrank
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - City Bank Building (Church of Scientology)
Replies: 17
Views: 2764

Re: OFFICIAL - City Bank Building (Church of Scientology)

Regardless of feelings about Scientology, I am relieved that this building was saved in more or less its original form. My grandfather operated his brokerage on the mezzanine level of this building in the 1920s (the bank leased out multiple floors to tenants). I have some of the stationery, but sadl...
by herrfrank
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2698
Views: 266414

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

Honestly, I'd like to see the thing replaced. Pretty poor architecture IMO Indeed, the Crowne Plaza (not its original name) embodies poor architecture because the city hired a low-bid architect back in the urban renewal days. Same guy who did all the Missouri state trooper barracks; he tossed in th...
by herrfrank
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Proposed tower on Plaza
Replies: 30
Views: 2320

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: 803
Views: 115046

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: 851
Views: 72455

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: 95
Views: 14907

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: 8311

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: 1907

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: 1972
Views: 248713

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: 2478
Views: 311391

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: 433
Views: 49894

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: 433
Views: 49894

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: 46
Views: 4010

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: 49570

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: 112958

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: 4483

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...