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by flyingember
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification

I've been seeing the term used more and more in my neighborhood (Volker) group on Facebook. In the past few months apartment dwellers are reporting that they're being given less than one month's notice to vacate their apartment, and then the building or unit is being renovated and rent increased su...
by flyingember
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Urbanism and Pros and Cons of Gentrification

People are not leaving Brookside, they are leaving lower income housing in the city for the northland, Blue Springs, Lees Summit or wherever. I would think there's plenty of housing available in KC for non-subsidized lower income people. Probably too much. Urban KC was devastated by white flight in...
by flyingember
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1606
Views: 116381

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

there are plenty of options that could add street life to cleaver, main, or nichols without selling off the tennis court land. a restaurant that serves the tennis courts (and the public) is one option -- or simply better transparency in the structure that is there today. an outdoor roller skating/i...
by flyingember
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCMO Downtown Streetcar
Replies: 5147
Views: 355544

Re: KCMO Downtown Streetcar

So there aren't true design problems as they state? The Jan 18th article isn't very good reporting overall, from the first paragraph of the piece. They didn't get the country the trains were in made correct. Their trains were delayed at the New York plant that also held up Houston, Kansas City and ...
by flyingember
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1606
Views: 116381

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

The tennis center is marked as a park. So it would likely need a citywide vote to change the use. Here's their website. The facility is used by the college team of special note. It's open 8 months of the year http://plazatenniscenter.com/main/about-us/ Taking the hours, if you figure they *could* be...
by flyingember
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Northeast Industrial District Housing
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Northeast Industrial District Housing

Interesting article. Possible that the original houses were brewery worker quarters.

Can’t tell but the header may show electric park

http://homepage.hispeed.ch/Heim-family/ ... wery-b.htm
by flyingember
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Northeast Industrial District Housing
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Northeast Industrial District Housing

The amusement park was called Electric Park. The first version was there in the East Bottoms, but it got moved way down south at some point. I believe that version is the more famous one. There’s a park along Chestnut Tfwy in the bottoms . It was there and the other side. Looks like they ran a road...
by flyingember
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1606
Views: 116381

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Every time I come back to KC, I am shocked (although I should not be) by the way drivers absolutely ignore crosswalks, even in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. In the interior roads of the plaza, drivers will sometimes be oblivious to pedestrians in crosswalks, on 47th, pedestrians are routinel...
by flyingember
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: North of the River
Topic: OFFICIAL: Zona Rosa (tenants & phase II)
Replies: 584
Views: 76423

Re: OFFICIAL: Zona Rosa (tenants & phase II)

Agreed. And I think we’re seeing it. There’s some signs that multi family has picked up on the northland. The ones at Burlington Creek, 435 and 152 and in Shoal Creek are at a scale the northland hasn’t really seen before. The other tiny change would be maximum setbacks. A required side setback of 1...
by flyingember
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1606
Views: 116381

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

It all depends on if center running can be dedicated and ban left turns across Main. Because getting it so the train has zero cars in front of it would make a difference. Imagine it going without stopping between ~27th and 31st and how quickly it could move. Adding 15 seconds for an extra stop and m...
by flyingember
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 1606
Views: 116381

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

beautyfromashes wrote:Like the DT TDD public chose side lane setup?

The public being property owners along the line. Maintaining on street parking for them determined a lot.

geography another. Original plan didn’t go down Delaware for example, something about grade + turn radius as an issue led to the loop
by flyingember
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Fixing p&l traffic backups
Replies: 73
Views: 1362

Re: Fixing p&l traffic backups

Grand has the no turn dynamic signs around train movement. Doing this more places so at certain intersections all turns get blocked onto Main during event traffic could help. Add the digital signs, turn them on for an event, station traffic enforcement at one corner like a DUI spot and have some par...
by flyingember
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: North of the River
Topic: OFFICIAL: Zona Rosa (tenants & phase II)
Replies: 584
Views: 76423

Re: OFFICIAL: Zona Rosa (tenants & phase II)

It's been said before but there needs to be 3x the residential density onsite to really keep this thing working. They clearly wanted a plaza-esque space, so they took the shopping center and didn't bring the bowl that surrounds it. :roll: I don't think it's that. It's that retail was developed too ...
by flyingember
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: River Market West
Replies: 124
Views: 19312

Re: River Market West

There's what looks like a survey stake visible even from this far away, so it's probably been surveyed and this is prep for foundation work, like where the main support columns will go.
by flyingember
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Amazon searching for second HQ
Replies: 289
Views: 20540

Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

I bet you would find a strong computer science program at the majority of the schools in the towns picked.
by flyingember
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 4161
Views: 259973

Re: We need a new airport!!!

Not enough unions in minority and women owned businesses for the airport to be both 100% union and 35% MBE at the same time http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article195240439.html Decades of unwelcoming and sometimes outright discriminatory behavior by organized labor toward minority- and...
by flyingember
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Dismantling of Great Mall (ongoing)
Replies: 169
Views: 17225

Re: Dismantling of Great Mall (ongoing)

I see some things never change about Kansas. They are going after STAR bonds to build this redevelopment making sure it will be a "tourist destination". FYI, The Great Mall was highly subsidized and was supposed bring in people from all over the midwest by the bus load too. Now it's a fie...
by flyingember
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: North of the River
Topic: OFFICIAL: Zona Rosa (tenants & phase II)
Replies: 584
Views: 76423

Re: OFFICIAL: Zona Rosa (tenants & phase II)

It's over built, especially with the amount of retail in the area. Made more sense before the latest shopping center popped up in the area.
by flyingember
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Amenities missing from downtown
Replies: 272
Views: 16219

Re: Amenities missing from downtown

^ I was actually going to suggest a Magnolia Market store for DT. They’ve expressed a love for KC and said they would live here if they ever left Texas. I’m sure Target lawyers have them wrapped up tight though. There already is/was one. It's a mini store in one of the bottoms markets. Saw it this ...

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