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by chaglang
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1872
Views: 224866

Re: Westport

Topic of conversation on KCUR right now. Had to cringe when one of the guests(a young person), bemoaned the tear down of the bank (beautiful old building) and the 50 spaces of parking (unofficial lot of westport) for a huge development. This was followed by a caller who spoke of buying in the Roano...
by chaglang
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Westport
Replies: 1872
Views: 224866

Re: Westport

If the city is essentially cordoning off an area as an Entertainment District and pushing bars and restaurants into that area, oversaturation and turnover seems inevitable. Oh well.
by chaglang
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 772
Views: 103310

Re: Troost developments

This is a good answer, and there is a lot to digest within it. The first is about the market. The U.S. is not a free market economy. We decided that after the Great Depression. And Kansas City development is not a free market economy either. Delayed property tax payments is one of them. Perhaps bec...
by chaglang
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 772
Views: 103310

Re: Troost developments

How about letting the market resolve this "issue"? City regulations attempting to achieve "more purposeful economic equity" will likely scare away developers. After five decades of observation, I have concluded that the combined city government (council, schools, police) does more harm than good to...
by chaglang
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 772
Views: 103310

Re: Troost developments

Yes, Kansas Citians like to identify with the neighborhood they live in and have thoughts on where the boundaries of those neighborhoods are. This is true.
by chaglang
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 772
Views: 103310

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 chaglang
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Beacon Hill
Replies: 319
Views: 48032

Re: Beacon Hill

He cited the East Patrol Station as a selling point. My goodness.
by chaglang
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 772
Views: 103310

Re: Troost developments

It’s amazing how the Star managed to bury a pretty well written article by Bill Turque under this crazy editorial which then grabbed all the publicity. Relatedly, Kevin Collison ran a guest column from John Hoffman about how Troost developers deserve praise for building on Troost. John has done some...
by chaglang
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 772
Views: 103310

Re: Troost developments

Portland did this. They had a bunch of house plans that had already been thru city approval. The builder paid a small fee and proceeded with construction. Parking is a huge factor when considering project construction costs and affordability. Adding unnecessary parking is a great way to decrease aff...
by chaglang
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bike Lanes
Replies: 305
Views: 40629

Re: Bike Lanes

I think the word "clear" is a pretty generous term for what they do to the driving lanes. ETA: Not saying they should be dumping in the bike lanes - it's pretty much like the bike lanes don't exist when it snows. It's wrong. When we were pushing for the Armour bike lanes, this was one of Public Wor...
by chaglang
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Troost developments
Replies: 772
Views: 103310

Re: Troost developments

I thought the article was pretty evenhanded. The editorial this morning about the Denverization of Troost was absurd. It's interesting that this is being written as a Troost problem because that's where low income and minority residents have lived for years. And while I believe that the city has a r...
by chaglang
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza Residential Development
Replies: 16
Views: 955

Re: Plaza Heights Development (Westport Today Foundation)

Do they own the empty lots on your aerial photo?
by chaglang
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3787
Views: 364054

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Cool, just wondering. For me it’s not even the most architecturally interesting house of worship on that block - that would be Unity across the street. I also hate to see well maintained buildings torn down, but the statement that there are a lot of crap buildings being built has always been true. T...
by chaglang
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd
Replies: 93
Views: 10494

Re: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd

It's quickly becoming true that for minorities, that breaking the Troost line is going to be the only path forward. This is interesting because when I’ve asked about why we still use Troost as a political boundary, the same politicians who regularly talk about breaking down the Troost wall say that...
by chaglang
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: KCTV5 tower.
Replies: 62
Views: 7594

Re: KCTV5 tower.

It’s a wayfare signal of home for me, so perhaps I find more value in it. I personally would find it cool lit up again, especially in an artistic way. It sounds like you are just annoyed with the ice, which makes sense too. For me it also is a symbol of a time when the city didn’t give a crap about...
by chaglang
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 3787
Views: 364054

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

The church is old but what’s its significance?
by chaglang
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: KCTV5 tower.
Replies: 62
Views: 7594

Re: KCTV5 tower.

Honestly it wouldn’t be such a an eyesore for me if it didn’t rain ice chunks onto the neighborhood, which caused several blocks of midtown around the base of the tower to have to be abandoned. I guess I’m also little salty that the station moved to KS at some point and left the tower here, and I wo...
by chaglang
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: KCTV5 tower.
Replies: 62
Views: 7594

Re: KCTV5 tower.

Wonder how much it would cost to move the stupid thing out to KCTV’s headquarters in JoCo.
by chaglang
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Renovations of apartment buildings along Armour Blvd.
Replies: 543
Views: 73438

Re: Renovations of apartment buildings along Armour Blvd.

I assume it will be brick veneer. It seems that is all anyone uses anymore, due to costs. It seems like that can look hit or miss. When it is done well, it can be hard to tell a difference. Brick veneer as in thin brick, or as in brick cavity wall? I've seen a few masonry cavity wall buildings go u...
by chaglang
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 99
Views: 9518

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

Dramatically altering the curtainwall would probably kill any chance of the project receiving tax credits.