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by HalcyonKC
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: New Streetscapes in KC (for better or worse)
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: New Streetscapes in KC (for better or worse)

The trees that were planted as part of the Troost stormwater remediation have about a 30% success rate. The native grasses are going gangbusters. No one like that flat boring brown prairie ku crap. The dirt seems to...? I like it. I think there is often beauty in some of the more subtle plantings' ...
by HalcyonKC
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - City Club Apartments (former Midwest Hotel)
Replies: 192
Views: 19882

Re: And here we go again... Midwest Hotel to be demolished

I've become cynical about any plans to build a new building that involve demolishing an old one. What's to prevent this sequence of events? It's happened many times before: - The bank demolishes the old building. - A little while later, the bank then pretends that their plans to build a new building...
by HalcyonKC
Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:42 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Interesting things up high
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: Interesting things up high

The lit top of the Power & Light building? The Liberty Memorial "fire"? The shaft of light that beams up from the Frank Lloyd Wright church on the Plaza? The Mormon/RLDS/CofC church in Independence? Look closely at the light beam above the church for a few minutes some night in the su...
by HalcyonKC
Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network
Replies: 1799
Views: 124282

Re: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network

I didn't know something interesting was about to happen so I wasn't watching closely, but I do check the map several times a day. It's a compulsion. Anyway I *think* this neighborhood had 43 registrations left to meet its goal. I went away, checked the map an hour later, and suddenly it was green, h...
by HalcyonKC
Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network
Replies: 1799
Views: 124282

Re: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network

OK so, out of the blue, "Eastern 49-63" jumped all the way up to 130 registrations, thereby meeting its registration goal and becoming the first large neighborhood on the east side of Troost to qualify. That is, of course, BS. Any ideas where all these ghost registrations materialized from?
by HalcyonKC
Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network
Replies: 1799
Views: 124282

Re: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network

At this instant, the map has lots of orange districts on both sides of the state line. Some are not yet nearing their goal, which means I was wrong about what the orange means... I don't know what they are using that color to designate.
by HalcyonKC
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network
Replies: 1799
Views: 124282

Re: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network

I noticed the orange districts on the map last night as well. Every single fiberhood that had less than 20 registrations to go was highlighted in orange, so I think it was just used to designate areas that were nearing their goal.
by HalcyonKC
Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network
Replies: 1799
Views: 124282

Re: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network

The help website doesn't actually answer that particular question. On the $10 question I probably can and will cajole him to pre-register with a couple free drinks, but, putting myself in his shoes, I can think of more uncertainty that would continue along that same line too: ie, let's say he pre-re...
by HalcyonKC
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network
Replies: 1799
Views: 124282

Re: Google picks KCK/KCMO for ultra fast fiber network

I wonder if some of the lag in registrations in River Market and downtown could be due to a high number of rental units. A friend of mine rents in the Business District fiberhood and said he was unsure if he wanted to register because he may move to another neighborhood next year, which would then &...
by HalcyonKC
Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Legoland at Crown Center
Replies: 69
Views: 5369

Re: Legoland at Crown Center

You do have to think of the city from a kid's perspective. Some of the local landmarks they will be familiar with will be the stadiums, since that's a common destination for a lot of family outings. That said, kids (like adults) are also wowed by skylines and tall buildings, so another way to impres...
by HalcyonKC
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Legoland at Crown Center
Replies: 69
Views: 5369

Re: Legoland at Crown Center

There will be more Lego-buildings included than just the top 10 that won the facebook contest. A little bird told me he just might have seen a Lego Western Auto building.
by HalcyonKC
Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: West Bottoms building roofline collapses
Replies: 5
Views: 510

West Bottoms building roofline collapses

A building in the West Bottoms had part of its brick roof cornice collapse today (June 6, 2011) and shower bricks and mayhem onto the empty street below. I bet that was exciting to see! In this case it's a good thing that the neighborhood is so sparse of any kind of pedestrian traffic. http://www.kc...
by HalcyonKC
Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Crime in KC dramatically lower in 2009 vs 1992
Replies: 12
Views: 764

Re: Crime in KC dramatically lower in 2009 vs 1992

Although I read Freakonomics, I later read that the violent crime drop happened in countries around the world regardless of whether their abortion laws changed or not.  So another economist found that a more direct correlation was between what year a country outlawed adding the metal lead to ga...
by HalcyonKC
Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 900 Baltimore Ave.
Replies: 466
Views: 48221

Re: 900 Baltimore Ave.

Just why take the property only because it is bad shape?  There are other properties around that are in bad shape and generally the city tears them down for safety reasons instead of buying them from their owners.  One could say "I can rent it or sell it so I am going to let my property g...
by HalcyonKC
Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 900 Baltimore Ave.
Replies: 466
Views: 48221

Re: 900 Baltimore Ave.

Nobody ever says a new surface lot is their plan downtown.  They always pretend that they have a plan to build something new.  Of course the first step is to demolish the old.  Then, conveniently, the "plan" falls through right after the demolition.  And poof, we have a new parki...
by HalcyonKC
Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 900 Baltimore Ave.
Replies: 466
Views: 48221

Re: 900 Baltimore Ave.

It's great if she decides to help but is she really needed?  Pining after the same white knight over and over is defeatist.  As I mentioned, we're simply not talking about significant amounts of money here if the goal is simply to save this building.  There is a broad base of support ...
by HalcyonKC
Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 900 Baltimore Ave.
Replies: 466
Views: 48221

Re: 900 Baltimore Ave.

Rick Powell states that no solid proposal has emerged to acquire the building.  Granted, he only allowed one month to pass since the previous go-round on this and is clearly chomping at the bit to tear it down.  But setting that aside and just looking at the numbers, I don't see why saving...
by HalcyonKC
Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 900 Baltimore Ave.
Replies: 466
Views: 48221

Re: 900 Baltimore Ave.

This completely unmasks any pretense whatsoever about the owner wanting to save the building.  He wants the lot for parking and that's it.  Asshole.
by HalcyonKC
Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: “The moonlit back alley” behind JP Wine Bar
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

Re: “The moonlit back alley” behind JP Wine Bar

Your picture kind of reminds me of the "Empire of Light" series of paintings by Rene Magritte, in that you managed to capture multiple different types and moods of lighting in a single scene.  Except of course, you managed to do it in an actual photograph.
by HalcyonKC
Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 900 Baltimore Ave.
Replies: 466
Views: 48221

Re: 900 Baltimore Ave.

I noticed that all of the windows have been removed from the building.  I hope this is a prelude to imminent replacement, does anyone know?  (I have this disturbing vision of the owner leaving the structure open to the elements for a few months then once again acting as if he's a passive a...

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