Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Discuss items in the urban core outside of Downtown as described above. Everything in the core including the east side (18th & Vine area), Plaza, Westport, Brookside, Valentine, Waldo, 39th street, & the entire midtown area.
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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by flyingember » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:37 pm

missingkc wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:39 pm
Look at how long it took the Northland to take off.
Johnson and Clay were nearly the same size until 1940 when JoCo took off.

The early development was actually all east and south for the longest time. You can see this in the fancy homes along Swope Park towards the southeast, the streetcar lines headed both directions and that the major arly N-S streets that carry most traffic head east like Prospect, Cleveland and such.

Something changed to redirect movement.

It probably was what you would expect with your point. KCMO reached the Blue River and suddenly development changed direction because it was easier to. That's about the time the city annexed way to the south while before that it didn't go much past the Blue

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by Highlander » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:33 am

flyingember wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:37 pm
missingkc wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:39 pm
Look at how long it took the Northland to take off.
Johnson and Clay were nearly the same size until 1940 when JoCo took off.

The early development was actually all east and south for the longest time. You can see this in the fancy homes along Swope Park towards the southeast, the streetcar lines headed both directions and that the major arly N-S streets that carry most traffic head east like Prospect, Cleveland and such.

Something changed to redirect movement.

It probably was what you would expect with your point. KCMO reached the Blue River and suddenly development changed direction because it was easier to. That's about the time the city annexed way to the south while before that it didn't go much past the Blue
That's exactly the case. Johnson County was topographically attached to KC. No major floodplains to stop development (like e.g., the Blue River just east of the city). With the automobile, the Blue barrier was eventually easily surpassed but it left a gap in development and the absence of any significant flood plains on the KS side from State Line to Turkey Creek led to unabated and contiguous growth. Another major gap in Missouri was encountered at the Little Blue River. Johnson County was the path of least resistance. I think I-35 was ideally situated early on to take advantage of the topographical advantage the KS burbs had over the Missouri burbs. I-70 was there from the late 50's on but it had to hop two major floodplains increasing the commuting distance in that direction.

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