TheBigChuckbowski wrote:Has there been a more complete transformation of a corridor in KC in such a short period of time (assuming all of these projects get built)?
The Sprint Center/P&L District/H&R Block/AMC Main St was probably a bigger transformation (although may not qualify as a "corridor").
But along with that group of developments, and the streetcar phases I and II, I think these developments (and in particular Mac's Armour and Troost proposal) have the opportunity to be some of the most significant and transformative developments in the city in recent history. This may not be as flashy as a Downtown skyscraper, but I think it will be more important for the city.
There still could be some roadblocks. Maybe everything won't get built as planned. It might be difficult to rent out the apartments and retail spaces. It is inevitable that there will be some crime around these developments - but how significant/newsworthy will it be and will there be any appearances that criminals are targeting these new developments? How much public backlash against gentrification will we see? Will derelict property owners on Troost and the areas just to the east sell their properties, or will they continue to hold on and wait for values to get even higher?
While questions and obstacles remain, I'm optimistic that we will see a drastic transformation over the next few years. It will still be tough to erase the Troost stigma from many peoples' minds, but anything that can be done to blur the dividing line will have huge ramifications for the city, East and West.