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by kenrbnj
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown tower construction boom in 2020?
Replies: 23
Views: 2376

Re: Downtown tower construction boom in 2020?

Hmm. Given the publicity; the following are "real": Three light Hyatt on Broadway Strata 11 and Wyandotte building Waddell and Reed Possibility - since the developer would look only silly ( versus incompetent ): Complex near Denny's Crown center at 27th Maybe twisty tower. Missi g anything? .
by kenrbnj
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 351
Views: 18758

Re: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

This rendering makes it look like those walls are translucent. I bet they'll be similar to the cladding used on the Bloch Building of the Nelson. https://i.imgur.com/tNxkva9.png https://i.imgur.com/eZMHjE7.png Educated guess: the announcement stated a LEED certified building. Likely the curtain wal...
by kenrbnj
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 351
Views: 18758

Re: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

I put my martini down before I have to go to Israel (business, strictly). Please colleagues; can we agree this is as cool as hell? The "Hair Curlers" of Bartle Hall" were "edgy" when they had been placed... Unless you are really recalcitrant, you like those hair curlers. This plan works beautifully:...
by kenrbnj
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Midtown Area Apartment Boom
Replies: 91
Views: 13291

Re: Midtown Area Apartment Boom

After reading the CitySceneKC piece about this...

When I lived on Union Hill in the 1990's and early 2000's, *I* was one of those who asked, "Market Rate Apartments on Armour? Are you crazy?"

Happily I was wrong. The city is becoming a cohesive metropolis.
by kenrbnj
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Minimum Wage (Split from New Convention Hotel)
Replies: 50
Views: 6196

Re: Minimum Wage (Split from New Convention Hotel)

Tipping couples performance to compensation directly in the context of table or bar service. Remove tipping; the dining patron will likely receive standard service. Asymmetric minimum wage perverts the local economy. The VOX piece did touch on this fact; though applied stress that the Seattle labor ...
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?
Replies: 128
Views: 18809

Re: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?

The #SaveOurPlaza crowd need to understand that retail has changed and it can't stay mostly as a mall anymore. And it actually had more neighborhood amenities in past. I'm afraid that might be right. Likely, Plaza will have a few benchmark retail venues and the balance will become F&B venues. As th...
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Artistry KC (19th and Oak)
Replies: 46
Views: 8661

Re: OFFICIAL - Artistry KC (19th and Oak)

This will help fill in this part of the City. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49295779306_4b89fe78cc_h.jpg This image illustrates the sheer quantity of infill required in the city. These surface parking lots are an immense waste of potential tax revenue. Those who oppose TIF should take note of...
by kenrbnj
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 351
Views: 18758

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

Hopefully the sausage making is over with. Now, let's hope for some excellent architectural styling; with the eventual building of critical mass for downtown. A vocal exception to the events of 19-December: The board of education doesn't need money. The city of Kansas City has proven -- with nationa...
by kenrbnj
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 351
Views: 18758

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

I read it. It's difficult to determine whether it's "sour grapes" or whether there is a legitimate concern. Corporate credit ratings agencies exist to mitigate against such risks. It's not our job to perform an actuarial assessment for Kansas City. ..However, one conversant in the corporate debt mar...
by kenrbnj
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 351
Views: 18758

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

Why is there so much backlash on this now? I am seeing all kind of negativity on this project and how more money should be used for schools. I don't understand that argument because its not like Wadell and Reed is currently in the city so if W&R bails there is still no money for schools I ask the s...
by kenrbnj
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 351
Views: 18758

Re: Companies moving downtown

Everyone, might we consider a new forum for this development?: W&R, 14th and Baltimore Don't take the initial renderings so hard! Consider the following before sending up smoke: a. It'll be a ~250ft building in a strategic area: Bridging the central downtown to the "Convention extension." Think: the...
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 543
Views: 75634

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

An opinion:

I would not specify a building atop a parking structure. ..Too vivid recollections of the 1993 WTC bombing and other parking structure fires. ..But (pride) height and maximization of footprint drives practice.
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 543
Views: 75634

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

Standard floor heights on Class-A commercial is 15-17' to allow for contiguous space; recognizing environmental and services are overhead.

Parking Garages are 8'-9'.
by kenrbnj
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1063
Views: 114143

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

I happen to agree with KnuckleHead: Overly conservative. They needed to hold this posture through the 1970's through the 1990's.

CC is missing out on a building boom. I hope they dust off plans and participate.
by kenrbnj
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 351
Views: 18758

Re: Companies moving downtown

The redevelopment of this block is crucial to assure continuity between the new hotel and P&L district. If you were alone, at 11PM; would you consider walking down Baltimore Avenue from P&L to the hotel? The fact the IBM building is abandoned -- with a crappy streetscape? Put a belgian in the boiler...
by kenrbnj
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Three Light
Replies: 992
Views: 158560

Re: Three Light

Terrific! Finally! Another building makes the magical 350' above-street-level mark!!
by kenrbnj
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 543
Views: 75634

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

Well, there you have it. A new 25 story building. Hopefully the building looks nice. Theresa Loar's comments grate on the nerves. Is she always so annoyingly emotional??? Christ, reading her comments made me cringe as I read it in NY. Impressive "Cringe range". The current renderings look a little s...
by kenrbnj
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 543
Views: 75634

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

This is good news, cloaked in a sarcastic narrative: The developer is trying to play the squeeze game -- and has capitulated. The fact the developer capitulated suggests there is sufficient market value in a downtown development -- "the incentive juice is not worth the squeeze." I am a huge proponen...
by kenrbnj
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Hyperloop between KC and STL
Replies: 79
Views: 9731

Re: Hyperloop between KC and STL

Should there be any motivation for KC-land; skip this Hyper-crap. Substantive discussion should involve regional rail transport and evolution of light or heavy-ish rail within the urban area. I would not be madness to begin discussions of a rail link between the new airport, Northland, and the cente...
by kenrbnj
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Hyperloop between KC and STL
Replies: 79
Views: 9731

Re: Hyperloop between KC and STL

Guys, don't put a gram of faith on this hare-brained scheme. The operative word on "Hyperloop" is "Hype". Government can't put higher-speed conventional trains on existing tracks, let alone new tracks. Building a tube that's evacuated between STL and KC is beyond pipe dream. When the Kansas City Sta...