Highlander wrote:The place serves a purpose but it's flat out one of KC's biggest urban planning disasters - if not its biggest. The development, right smack in the middle of a major American city, is not even dense by southern Johnson County or Blue Springs standards. It could have been done so much better but city management was really brain dead during that period.
The Midtown Marketplace thread is hopping right now.
It's among my great pet peeves about KC. The idea that somehow suburban development was needed in the urban core - that was the intent of this development, the sprawl isn't there by accident, it's how it was conceived, it was seen as a good thing. For many years, KC leaders had the idiotic notion that to compete with the burbs, the city had to become burb-like. It was poorly conceived and executed project. Like I said, it has a function but that's meaningless and its not the issue, the fact that it takes a square mile of land in the core when it could have been fit easily onto a quarter of that footprint is the obvious problem. The city was absolutely desperate to get something there and desperation has never led to much good in KC.