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by flyingember
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 461
Views: 14161

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Interesting find in code. 50-123 Placing bicycle, wheelbarrow or other vehicle on parks or boulevards: No velocipede, bicycle, tricycle, wheelbarrow, handcart or other vehicle shall be placed by the owner or any other person in charge or control thereof, or be permitted by such person, upon sidewalk...
by flyingember
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCMO Downtown Streetcar
Replies: 5357
Views: 421015

Re: KCMO Downtown Streetcar

I would expect the system will be easier to ride for about a year and then quickly return to being packed. The convention hotel alone would only need to hit ~20% usage on average and that's about a train full of riders. With all the projects coming they all will add up quickly. If this keeps up don'...
by flyingember
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCMO Downtown Streetcar
Replies: 5357
Views: 421015

Re: KCMO Downtown Streetcar

smh wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:28 pm
DaveKCMO wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:25 pm
Five million rides.
Yeah but i heard they counted people twice when they took a return journey. /s
Of worst yet, go two places using it and get counted four times.
by flyingember
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Kansas City Scene
Topic: American Royal BBQ
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: American Royal BBQ

I went by one year on a Saturday to see it, they didn't ticket every entrance for some reason.

It was absolutely dead. Not even parties going on. There was so much room to actually have something going on.
One entire parking garage in the area was empty so it's not like they were short of parking.
by flyingember
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 24
Views: 1049

Re: Affordable Housing

You can still buy a 3 BR house west of 71 for under $50k. The mortgage would be under $200/month. I think this is more of an education issue than a supply issue. I don’t see how you could get more affordable than that. With taxes and good insurance, somewhere around $260-280 per month (depends on t...
by flyingember
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - City Club Apartments (former Midwest Hotel)
Replies: 255
Views: 38713

Re: OFFICIAL - City Club Apartments (former Midwest Hotel)

bobbyhawks wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:44 am
This looks cool, but what exactly is futuristic about it? Luxury projects like this have been built all over the world for years.
It's marketing, don't take it literally.
by flyingember
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2486
Views: 209311

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

Can now see the full height of the corner amenities in the curve

Double height restaurant on 1,2, fitness center on 3, balcony and restaurant behind on 4,5 and hen the eastern half of 6 has the club
by flyingember
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 24
Views: 1049

Re: Affordable Housing

The fastest way to create affordable housing is to renovate existing vacant houses that are not too far gone. I don't know what the current count is, but the last I heard was that were up to 14,000 vacant houses in KCMO. Some are owned by the Land Bank. Renovating an existing vacant house is often ...
by flyingember
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 24
Views: 1049

Re: Affordable Housing

For a single person with a roommate, 30% rent would be $840, each paying half. So I would say $750-900 monthly is a good range. But, if each were only paying half, $420/month, that would only be 15% of income, and not be in the affordable range they are pushing. Are we looking to build single perso...
by flyingember
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 24
Views: 1049

Re: Affordable Housing

Under what income do you get federal housing assistance? I’m trying to see what types of rental units we are looking to build. The article gives $30k as an example with the desire to keep rents under 30% of income. That would be $750/month which seems like a good amount for a single person living w...
by flyingember
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8179

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

I have seen the 3D maps of the parts of KC that are financially beneficial and those that are not. The entire Northland is not even close to paying for itself now. You can't just use property tax as a proxy for value of an area. It's way more complex than that. How does it adjust for tax breaks and...
by flyingember
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte
Replies: 43
Views: 1724

Re: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte

Chris Stritzel wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:40 pm

CannonDeisgn has designed some nice looking buildings. Hopefully this one looks just as good but as I stated earlier on, the colored image showing Loews, Two Light and the New Hotel just looks meh.
It's a rendering to show elevations, not the colors and texture.
by flyingember
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8179

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

The taxable value of those less dense places makes them weak at keeping the city solvent over the long term. This assumes that zero change happens ever, as if a community is locked in time. That's simply not true. Based on your idea we need to focus on value and return rather than density. If you o...
by flyingember
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8179

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

KCMO has triple the acreage per resident than it did in 1950. that means each of us needs to pay triple the taxes to maintain that infrastructure and fire/police coverage. Well that's simply not true. We didn't develop all the new land with amenities inside the city limits. The strongtowns approach...
by flyingember
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2486
Views: 209311

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

I noticed today the forms to pour the floor of 8 are going in. So the room towers will start to take shape in the next few weeks.
by flyingember
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets
Replies: 95
Views: 8179

Re: Strongtown: Suggestions for KC's downtown streets

Matt asked about Kansas City’s large amounts of lowdensity suburbs/farm fields. Response:Kansas cities and other cities don’t talk about deannexation but it’s an important conversation that will need to be had. First of all, let me say I have stated several times on this forum that KCMO has annexed...
by flyingember
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte
Replies: 43
Views: 1724

Re: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte

Midtownkid wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:02 pm
Creating that stair at the end of 17th Street, connecting Baltimore to the PAC is something I have envisioned for years! I'm glad it is part of this design.
You're not going to like to hear that they don't own the land the stairs would end up at and would need an easement to keep them usable
by flyingember
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: The Junction Before and After, North Loop Removal
Replies: 38
Views: 2361

Re: The Junction Before and After, North Loop Removal

Let's worry about filling up the hundreds of square miles of vacant land AND the hundreds of acres of vacant land adjacent to the highway before we spend non-existent MoDOT money to rip out a useful artery to create more. This is the key piece that shows you don't get it. That land next to it isn't...
by flyingember
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments
Replies: 809
Views: 78224

Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

brewcrew1000 wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:31 am
AerLingus is adding flights to Minneapolis, its possible Kansas City could be in the next batch if this rapid Aer Lingus North American expansion keeps going
Yes, please. We want to fly into Ireland in the next few years and a direct flight would be super nice.
by flyingember
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte
Replies: 43
Views: 1724

Re: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte

If the convention hotel next door has 1000 attendees of a convention or show, they're positioning themselves to be where the guests of honor can stay. Seems like such a narrow market and we already have so many hotels for high end business travelers (Loews, 21C, Crossroads, President, Ambassador, I...