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by UrbanKC
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228502

Re: OFFICIAL - Hyatt Regency Convention Hotel

Question: why the obsession over height? I think it offers no real additional value other than touching on the whole "mine is bigger than yours" debate. I'd say the whole era of skyscrapers and super-scrapers is "so 20th Century" as far as the developed world goes. Developing countries are the ones ...
by UrbanKC
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228502

Re: OFFICIAL - Hyatt Regency Convention Hotel

Well the pic of the Sheraton you just posted is not the greatest, actually it is probably the worst pic you could find to try to make your point. And the new Hyatt still looks like Shawnee Mission Hospital. and if that's your argument, then one shouldn't think these renderings represent what the re...
by UrbanKC
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228502

Re: OFFICIAL - Hyatt Regency Convention Hotel

I think the original Hyatt, now Sheraton, looks much better and it was built in the early 80's. My biggest gripe is why shape it in an L and not just go vertical? Cheaper I guess, but I wouldn't think it would be that much cheaper. The original Hyatt I believe is 45 floors in Crown Center. Hmm... t...
by UrbanKC
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228502

Re: OFFICIAL - Hyatt Regency Convention Hotel

The reason to not go vertical is actually quite simple, mechanicals. While an elevator can go higher easier, you need larger utility spaces the higher you go. So you end up with less room space on lower floors relative to the higher ones. Since it costs more to go higher this means a higher average...
by UrbanKC
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228502

Re: OFFICIAL - Hyatt Regency Convention Hotel

While we shouldn't lower our standards, look at what we've got Downtown right now. The Marriott, the Crowne Plaza, the Sheraton and the Westin. All are pretty darn ugly if you think about it. But over time, they've become part of KC and don't seem quite as ugly as they may have when built; or at lea...
by UrbanKC
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - The Gallerie (27th & Gillham)
Replies: 93
Views: 18993

OFFICIAL - The Gallerie (27th & Gillham)

http://i.imgur.com/4qPB8hg.png From the Development Tracker: http://maps.kcmo.org/kcgis/rest/services/external/DataLayers/FeatureServer/35/40439/attachments/3532 27th & Gillham HOK Architects Milhaus Developers out of Indianapolis, IN http://milhaus.com/portfolio/search/?city=Kansas%20City Project ...
by UrbanKC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Five Light
Replies: 70
Views: 15381

Re: Five Light

I honestly could care less about what more towers means for our skyline or our appearance. some guy in 1929 about the P&L tower: "you can't build that concrete monstrosity! you'll detract from the our beautiful brick skyline!" Haha, true... Basically what I meant by that, it is doesn't matter to me...
by UrbanKC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Five Light
Replies: 70
Views: 15381

Re: Five Light

I honestly could care less about what more towers means for our skyline or our appearance. I'm all excited about this rumor/news because it means more units, and therefore, more people. It's why I'm so excited (still) about the 800 room hotel, plus all these other hotels, and even a potential hotel ...
by UrbanKC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: 14 Story apartment tower - Westport
Replies: 84
Views: 11032

Re: 14 Story apartment tower - Westport

FangKC wrote:There are much larger--and denser cities--in the world that function with just one- or two-lane streets with parking on both sides.
and in some of those cities. People like to walk for a half mile just to eat somewhere! :o
by UrbanKC
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: 14 Story apartment tower - Westport
Replies: 84
Views: 11032

Re: 14 Story apartment tower - Westport

NorthOak wrote:This project is goofy.
Tear down buildings and for new construction and still leave the ugly surface lot to the north.
Saving that 1/2 block walk to Kelly's means everything!
Yeehaw Kanscity!
Just fyi, that surface lot to the north is owned by different people. Can't build on land you don't own.
by UrbanKC
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2268
Views: 200750

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Despite our main local elected officials being Democrat (Cleaver, I'm looking at you!). Is there any chance they'd be willing to work with Republicans like Roy Blunt and Gov. Eric Greitens to get federal funds for us based on the fact that the streetcar line would: 1. Create a lot of new jobs for Am...
by UrbanKC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Broadway
Replies: 95
Views: 16222

Re: Broadway

Relevant: https://www.reddit.com/r/urbandesign/comments/5nspgw/urban_designers_what_would_you_do_differently_at/ Just for fun I thought I'd ask the urban designers' sub-Reddit what they'd do differently with the intersection of Broadway & Westport Road. I also looked up what the city might have in m...
by UrbanKC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - City Club Apartments (former Midwest Hotel)
Replies: 275
Views: 45309

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

If they are at this stage with those design plans....I'd think this is happening unless their funding is suspect. It sadly wouldn't be the first time a project doesn't happen because of funding. You can get approval from the city, and everything is ready to go, but if you can't get your investors o...
by UrbanKC
Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We need a new airport!!!
Replies: 4759
Views: 379864

Re: We need a new airport!!!

I'm definitely a minority in this city (I assume) because I love the idea of a single terminal. Or at least a single security terminal that can then branch off into separate terminals that are beyond the security checkpoints. My honest opinion of airports I've been to... Denver: Sucks, at least the ...
by UrbanKC
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228502

Re: New Convention Hotel

Those are all hideous Yeah... A few more recent hotels built in the US... non-Hyatt.. Convention Hotel; Tacoma, WA, 300 rooms, currently a concept http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/real-estate-news/vekawx/picture102974972/ALTERNATES/FREE_640/2016-09-14%20Hotel%20Profile%201 Hotel ZaZa; Au...
by UrbanKC
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2546
Views: 228502

Re: New Convention Hotel

I'm hoping they just wanted a new rendering for the city council and so they just pulled some generic looking building with the right dimensions. It sounds like it's going to change so I'm being optimistic. I'd guess that maybe they are also figuring in cost. Given the nature of this project, I ser...
by UrbanKC
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Streetcar Opposition
Replies: 163
Views: 18632

Re: Streetcar Opposition

I don't get the negativity about the opposition. Sure there is opposition, and we shouldn't be overly confident. But I think support could only have risen over this past year. The support for the UMKC route was clear in the election when it was voted down. They are excluding those areas now, they ar...
by UrbanKC
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCMO Downtown Streetcar
Replies: 5382
Views: 439296

Re: KCMO Downtown Streetcar

Since they're talking about an extension to the Riverfront, has there been any thought to establishing a feasibility study for extending the streetcar over to the West Bottoms? That also seems like a no-brainer, and there is already development going on in that area.
by UrbanKC
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: North of the River
Topic: Armour Road Redevelopment Area (ARRA)
Replies: 14
Views: 4538

Armour Road Redevelopment Area (ARRA)

Armour Road Redevelopment Area (ARRA) http://www.nkc.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_2375230/Image/Departments/Community%20Development/Adopted%20Plans/Pages%20from%20Armour_Rd_Site_Framework_Plan_thumb_Small.jpg Details: 64 acres Target Density = 0.50 FAR = 1,400,000 gross sq. ft. of buildings 205,000...
by UrbanKC
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2268
Views: 200750

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

They were saying on the news Sunday that Trump was advocating spending a trillion dollars on infrastructure, specifically mentioning transportation. From what I've read and heard, Trump has talked less about spending tons of federal/tax money on infrastructure, but rather on working with corporatio...