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by kas1
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Status and future of the River Market area??
Replies: 2299
Views: 296028

Re: Status and future of the River Market area??

I'd be skeptical of anything from Arnold. The only reason 2nd and Delaware actually happened is because a contractor lowballed a bid, built almost half of the project, then tried to renege on the promised price because it wasn't anywhere in the ballpark of reality. Yet for some reason the developer...
by kas1
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Status and future of the River Market area??
Replies: 2299
Views: 296028

Re: Status and future of the River Market area??

I'd be skeptical of anything from Arnold. The only reason 2nd and Delaware actually happened is because a contractor lowballed a bid, built almost half of the project, then tried to renege on the promised price because it wasn't anywhere in the ballpark of reality. Yet for some reason the developer ...
by kas1
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Poll: #1 development goal for urban KC
Replies: 24
Views: 1304

Re: Poll: #1 development goal for urban KC

Can you even have density without walkability naturally increasing though? I don't think I could name a place that's dense yet unwalkable. I can think of a number of dense neighborhoods where I routinely felt unsafe trying to cross a street or just generally felt like a schmuck for being the only i...
by kas1
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project
Replies: 755
Views: 98985

Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Why does the master plan for the riverfront have a giant development parcel that can't actually be properly built on? The city's efforts at planning and zoning leave a lot to be desired.
by kas1
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1900 Grand Blvd
Replies: 35
Views: 2099

Re: 1900 Grand Blvd

This is close to the new Church of Scientology headquarters. They currently own at least two surface lots in the vicinity. Perhaps this will be for them? 300 parking spaces seems approximately correct for a 65k sf office building. (I searched briefly but didn't find any information about their emplo...
by kas1
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1900 Grand Blvd
Replies: 35
Views: 2099

Re: 1900 Grand Blvd

That building appears to have ground floor parking.
by kas1
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 150
Views: 18333

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

Reusing existing buildings is the best way to provide affordable housing, not injury the environment and increase activity and density in the city with minimal money spent compared to a tear down and, eventual?, rebuild. The previous owner had found that it would be cheaper to replace the building ...
by kas1
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion
Replies: 151
Views: 26937

Re: Phase Three Streetcar Expansion

New electric trams on wheels that look just like streetcar may cut costs but may not attract TOD (transit-oriented development). Fixed rail should be used for lines that we'd most want to see TOD, areas that have potential to attract outsiders to that new stretch. TOD developers like fixed rail ove...
by kas1
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 536
Views: 68789

Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

Cordish was originally reported to be a partner in the project. What happened to that? The only reason H&R Block still has any rights to that site at all is because Cordish agreed to an extension of the original deal.
by kas1
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Urbanism, architecture, transit, strawmen, etc.
Replies: 471
Views: 74755

Re: Urbanism, architecture, transit, strawmen, etc.

Maybe it's not 30 but I bet it's closer to 30 than 8. Your habit of always saying the opposite of whatever the last person said, no matter what it is, is tiresome. There are studies showing 8-10 spaces per car. There's nothing supporting 30 per resident (ie, ~40 per car). And that includes your cal...
by kas1
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Urbanism, architecture, transit, strawmen, etc.
Replies: 471
Views: 74755

Re: Urbanism, architecture, transit, strawmen, etc.

That article also doesn't indicate that they have a solid source for that statistic. Their use of passive voice actually suggests the opposite. Eight parking spaces per car makes sense just based on back-of-the-napkin math. Thirty per resident makes no sense.
by kas1
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Urbanism, architecture, transit, strawmen, etc.
Replies: 471
Views: 74755

Re: Urbanism, architecture, transit, strawmen, etc.

"Houston is estimated to have 30 parking spaces for every resident." This doesn't sound credible, and I can't find a source for this claim. Not all residents have cars (ie, many residents are children), so the number of parking spaces per car would be around 40. This necessarily implies that at any...
by kas1
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Kansas City Sports
Topic: World Cup 2026 at Arrowhead?
Replies: 117
Views: 21082

Re: World Cup 2026 at Arrowhead?

Scrounge up a few hundred buses that are being retired from service around the country. Run shuttle service between hotels and the stadium before and after games. Charge as much as you want because you have a captive audience. Mass transit doesn't need to cost a billion dollars. The capacity needed ...
by kas1
Thu May 23, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Tracks 215 Project
Replies: 61
Views: 7854

Re: Tracks 215 Project

If I'm not mistaken, parking minimums in the Crossroads were only removed within 2 blocks of Main, so this project would need a variance in order to go less than 1:1 on parking. (And I get that that doesn't necessarily refute what you're saying, but it seems worth pointing out.) I'd be happier about...
by kas1
Thu May 09, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte
Replies: 201
Views: 21641

Re: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte

I view this project as a reduction of current incentives. The current non-profit ownership of this land is effectively a 100% TIF which never expires. Anti-tax incentive fans should be jumping on this. If there is such market demand for this product, and they are so confident of that, then why can'...
by kas1
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte
Replies: 201
Views: 21641

Re: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte

This is a half block from a new hotel of similar size (with an accompanying garage) that was built with zero incentives. The only reason they need such huge incentives for this project is because they want to build something more luxurious than what the market can support. Approving this project jus...
by kas1
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: New Stadiums Discussion
Topic: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?
Replies: 603
Views: 96701

Re: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?

MLB stadiums are much larger than arenas. City leaders have done a terrible job of communicating this to the public by nominating all sorts of locations where a stadium doesn't even fit. It's debatable whether putting a stadium downtown would be a good idea even if it were free.
by kas1
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Fixing KC's lack of downtown parking?
Replies: 31
Views: 4398

Re: Fixing KC's lack of downtown parking?

We just subsidized another parking pedestal at 13th & Wyandotte (not previously authorized by Council). We're about to reconstruct Barney Allis Plaza -- as a garage -- for $65 million. The latest residential "high rise" on the streetcar route has a subsidized two-story parking pedestal. Bold statem...
by kas1
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Politics
Replies: 1858
Views: 211681

Re: Politics

An experienced commercial pilot told me a few years back that the planes can already fly themselves, and the only real reason they still have jobs is to deal with emergencies. He wasn't worried about being replaced anytime soon.
by kas1
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Capping the Loop
Replies: 724
Views: 75336

Re: Capping the Loop

I wish the people involved in this would focus on getting MODOT to allow some commercial development over the trench. Earlier in the thread I posted about the project in Columbus which built retail over their highway in a very similar type of spot with no government money aside from generous tax bre...