aknowledgeableperson wrote:"If a motivational speaker at Municipal Auditorium is the worst it gets, then it can't be that bad."
It was that traffic for the event along with the morning rush hour traffic. Traffic was more or less at a standstill. Not sure how the traffic was in the NE part of downtown but the west and south was a parking lot. Traffic backed up on the ramps off the highways. So I would say that was bad.
Situations like that are daily if not hourly occurrences in most big cities, even some cities the size of KC. KC is blessed with a very adequate road network even though its citizens may not believe it. While I would not think the situation you described as being terribly problematic after nearly 10 years in Houston, I suspect it's quite annoying if you are use to traffic being essentially on the move all the time. The Star's poll showed a lot of opposition to a downtown stadium (although it was closer than the Star made it sound) for precisely these reasons (traffic/parking).