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by herrfrank
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Henry Wollman Bloch has died
Replies: 3
Views: 147

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: 181
Views: 20420

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: 181
Views: 20420

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: 1637

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 ...
by herrfrank
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Academie Lafayette
Replies: 44
Views: 1637

Re: Academie Lafayette

All of KCPS is within the city limits of Kansas City. (There used to be a small overlap with Independence, but that was resolved by yielding control of those catchments to the Independence School District.) Yielding? There was an election and then a court battle that validated the election. https:/...
by herrfrank
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Academie Lafayette
Replies: 44
Views: 1637

Re: Academie Lafayette

Someone should publish a scholarly analysis of the difference in life outcomes for graduates from 1950-2020 from Center High (serves "Greater Brookside" south of 80th street, really Waldo) and those areas of Brookside which did or would have attended Southwest, but limited to those who actually atte...
by herrfrank
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Academie Lafayette
Replies: 44
Views: 1637

Re: Academie Lafayette

All of KCPS is within the city limits of Kansas City. (There used to be a small overlap with Independence, but that was resolved by yielding control of those catchments to the Independence School District.)
by herrfrank
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Academie Lafayette
Replies: 44
Views: 1637

Re: Academie Lafayette

I actually think one year of pre-Kindergarten should be taxpayer funded. But I also think that hostaging a beautiful building designed as a full-service high school and now sitting empty when the students WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE are desperate for classroom space is misanthropic. The KCPS leadership ...
by herrfrank
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Academie Lafayette
Replies: 44
Views: 1637

Re: Academie Lafayette

I just read the Uniting at Southwest letter. If this is the thread to discuss this, then here goes... The "slow rolling" of the taxpayers of Brookside by the KCPS School Board is nothing new. They teased them in the 1980s with calls about "re-imagining" of Paseo High School as a unifying "arts acade...
by herrfrank
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: Postcards From the Edge of Time
Replies: 493
Views: 92652

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

A slightly prissy note: it's Concorde, never "the" Concorde. One name, like Cher. Concorde flew a regular schedule from Washington Dulles and New York JFK to London Heathrow (BA) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (Air France), plus occasional seasonal routes to the Caribbean and Miami from LHR. The fare c...
by herrfrank
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Brookside
Replies: 196
Views: 37980

Re: Brookside

PV has some pockets of pretty attractive neighborhoods with old (ish) homes that have charm. Also, in the last 10 years, for better and worse people have been tearing down the "raytown" homes and building custom $900K+ homes which is very striking to see--some of these behemoths are directly next t...
by herrfrank
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: City Center Square for sale
Replies: 181
Views: 20420

Re: City Center Square for sale

The new management group, named "Area," in charge of City Center Square has begun to close restaurants in its food court. Word on the street is that the "Curry in a Hurry" Indian restaurant (which was inauthentic cooking btw) closed, because the building terminated its month-to-month occupancy (no l...
by herrfrank
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Kansas City Sports
Topic: GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 999
Views: 105118

Re: GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flabby, old New England Patriots owner Bobby Kraft was (illegally) sowing his oats at the Young Orchid Asian Day Spa in Florida on the morning of the referenced playoff game. He flew privately to KC after his "massage."

https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/k ... 64929.html
by herrfrank
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: The Official Kansas City Weather Thread
Replies: 851
Views: 74802

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: 74802

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: 84
Views: 8974

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: 1833

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: 23
Views: 3783

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: 2757
Views: 281219

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: 2703

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...