Yeah, I'm happy to see the retail block largely leased at this point, and actually feel like the new Visit KC space is a creative and positive move (beautiful space!), but at some point we've got to get at least a small amount of retail density downtown.
This is a topic for a dedicated post, but I have been very frustrated with the lack of concentration of small retailers in KC - not good for a vibrant city, and practically a death sentence for many small retailers in DT, Crossroads and beyond. I'm thinking places like Houndstooth, Fable, Kultured Kameleon, Method, Volume 1, etc.
How great would it be if these places could concentrate in a relatively small area and market themselves together? Sort of the idea of the Garment District in P&L, but done well and with individual storefronts.
Would have been interesting indeed if the P&L retail block had taken that approach, or if the area around 18th/Wyandotte and Film Row could expand in such a way.