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by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Courtyard/Residence Inn Marriott (16th & Baltimore)
Replies: 269
Views: 36946

Re: OFFICIAL - Courtyard/Residence Inn Marriott (16th & Baltimore)

It appears they've finally landed a tenant: Main Street Tavern is seeking a restaurant liquor license for 1524 Main, which is the retail stall in the garage.
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 377
Views: 42657

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

It would be a good guess that Helzberg was one of the partners, but it would just be a guess. She pretty much owns 17th Street.
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 377
Views: 42657

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

I could find no owner on the parcel viewer, but I assume that Shirley Helzberg owns it, right? 17th/Broadway ownership is unclear. Downtown Council created a nonprofit to acquire the property and prepare for development. They won't divulge who the rest of the partners are. Kauffman Center definitel...
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Second and Delaware
Replies: 93
Views: 16660

Re: OFFICIAL - Second and Delaware

by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 377
Views: 42657

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

kboish wrote:I thought they wanted to develop it for a hotel now


That was the vacant parcel east of the Kauffman Center. The 17/Broadway site has only been targeted for the Conservatory until Greitens screwed us.
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Must meet Buy America and have the investment in a facility to maintain such a large vehicle.

So just as you propose more vehicles you are adding frequency compared to streetcar, which also makes that comparison unfair (and would be operationally more expensive).
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: 2019 Mayor/Council Elections
Replies: 53
Views: 4729

Re: 2019 Mayor/Council Elections

beautyfromashes wrote:Hopefully, he'd have a chance at getting support in Jeff City as well.


From the Republican majority that hates cities? Nah.
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

flyingember wrote:It's not a comparable test if the bus rider capacity doesn't equal the streetcar capacity.


That's not possible. Even an articulated bus can't match the capacity of one CAF streetcar. Our region doesn't have a facility that can handle artics.
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

One interesting behavior worth noting: When we replace the streetcar with "streetcar link" buses, ridership plummets. Lots of ways to read that and we don't have actual data as to why, but just leaving it here to digest. The level of service is identical -- as is the route, except for the...
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

One interesting behavior worth noting: When we replace the streetcar with "streetcar link" buses, ridership plummets. Lots of ways to read that and we don't have actual data as to why, but just leaving it here to digest. The level of service is identical -- as is the route, except for the ...
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 377
Views: 42657

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

I was very much under the impression that a downtown campus was part of the impetus for the streetcar running to UMKC. BAP certainly is not my pick of sites but, it beats the hell out of 63rd street. Not the impetus, but certainly a benefit. With ~300 students on site it would certainly generate so...
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: 2019 Mayor/Council Elections
Replies: 53
Views: 4729

Re: 2019 Mayor/Council Elections



Nooooo! I mean, he'd be great and all but with such a high profile he should be running for something at the state or national level. He knows we have a weak mayor system, right?
by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

The easy answers for "build more BRT" are (a) we are and (b) we already did in this corridor... in 2005. Of course, they'll respond: "No, REAL BRT!" But everyone knows that BRT creep is a thing and nearly every US BRT project gets watered down to "less than light rail" ...
by DaveKCMO
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

The following is a quote from an outside Urban Planner. I guess this is good news for development in that corridor, but honestly, these street car systems are quite bad. The current route takes 16 minutes according to the schedule, for a 2.2 mile route. That's only 8.25 miles per hour. Buses probab...
by DaveKCMO
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

From the Biz Journal article... Main Street Rail TDD Chairwoman Jan Marcason said it hoped to find out in January whether the project was selected for the federal funding. Plan B if no Fed funding? With a multi-year authorization (FAST Act) for the Small Starts program, we really just need to wait ...
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Phoenix, Minneapolis, Houston, etc have light rail dedicated in center lanes, we could do that.... you can't tell me it is hard to do just because we are in America. We tried getting voter approval for that -- twice -- and both attempts failed (city hall support for it was tepid, business support n...
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2173
Views: 162511

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Imarealperson wrote:Ha. That’s some unintentional humor there.


I put that in quotes for a reason. The project he's advocating for is not proposed and will probably never be built.

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