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by herrfrank
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1071
Views: 115092

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

All the Crown Center restaurants that were managed by the Hyatt (and, presumably after the change, the Sheraton) were pretty bad. Milano, Crayola, etc. I'd be curious if all of them closing is part of the hotel divesting itself of managing all those external businesses. Yes, they were moved to Sher...
by herrfrank
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Missouri Amtrak Service
Replies: 534
Views: 62775

Re: Missouri Amtrak Service

Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico. 10 days backpacking out in the woods. Lots of fun. Southwest Chief should go straight on to Denver after Topeka, then south to Trinidad from there. That section between Wichita and Trinidad is what almost got the line shut down a few years back, and the tra...
by herrfrank
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Saxon at the Midland (formerly Midland Office Building)
Replies: 40
Views: 6124

Re: Saxon at the Midland (formerly Midland Office Building)

People doing this can be reported to HUD, or the local housing authority, for investigation. Even if their stated income can't be proven to be fraud, the fact they aren't living in the rental unit, and are renting it out to someone else, or as AirBnB, is fraud that can be proven. They should be rep...
by herrfrank
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: Postcards From the Edge of Time
Replies: 509
Views: 112471

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

https://www.kclibrary.org/sites/default/files/1929%20Aero%20Digest%20Advertisement_17362.jpg This advertisement from the KC Chamber of Commerce is truly a period piece -- the prewar diction (with its quasi-scientific terms and industrial-geek phrasing); the map that snubs Dixie (no Atlanta, admitte...
by herrfrank
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Brookside
Replies: 243
Views: 51440

Re: Brookside

People choose Meyer because it’s wider and you can fly. Actually, most traffic is on Meyer for just one block coming from Wornall to Brookside Blvd or from Ward Pkwy. There’s not much traffic east of Brookside Blvd. Eliminating Brookside Blvd between Meyer and 63rd would allow for a very nice park,...
by herrfrank
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Prairie Village
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Prairie Village

This is the old "Jones in the Village." Sad news, but not surprising. Last time I was there, it took longer to find someone to pay than to find the item I wanted. My first interview suit came from this store in the 1980s as did my first "real" (not a children's model) winter coat in the late-1970s, ...
by herrfrank
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Brookside
Replies: 243
Views: 51440

Re: Brookside

Brookside Blvd between Border Star and the tennis courts should be eliminated. This would allow the 63rd st intersection to move more smoothly, give area for park space and events and allow for some additional parking when you make the shops area pedestrian only. Studies indicate that passenger car...
by herrfrank
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 364
Views: 20415

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

1KCP is full, I work there. There might be 5% unoccupied on sporadic floors. The leasing may be 95%, but what I meant was how under-populated the building may be -- one would expect 4000 people to work in a building of this size, but I'd wager we are closer to 2500. More examples -- 15 is half leas...
by herrfrank
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 364
Views: 20415

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

One Kansas City Place has 18 tower elevators in three banks of six plus one freight elevator -- Bank One serves 1-17; Bank Two serves 1, 2, and 18-31; Bank Three serves 1, 2, and 32-43. The two-storey lobby (Baltimore Street and parking access from 2, Main Street and retail access from 1) is also co...
by herrfrank
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1071
Views: 115092

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

There are enough acres but the layout doesn’t work. I think it gets too narrow with Union Cemetery to the south. I would assume some of the cemetery would have to be moved. Which is something we are going to have to address in the US. I heard somewhere that your burial plot is only good for 100 yea...
by herrfrank
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Missouri Suburbs
Topic: Bannister Mall/Cerner
Replies: 616
Views: 112934

Re: Bannister Mall/Cerner

To clarify -- the reference is to minority-owned and woman-owned business allotments for construction work (which the city of KC has required for years, commonly known in the building trades as "set-asides"), not anything to do with direct employment by Cerner.
by herrfrank
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Missouri Suburbs
Topic: Bannister Mall/Cerner
Replies: 616
Views: 112934

Re: Bannister Mall/Cerner

They should have been some provision to stop Cerner from farming out to third-party developers to get out of the minimum minority representation in employment. What "minimum minority representation in employment" agreement are you referencing? Did Cerner sign something like this with the city or co...
by herrfrank
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Parking Enforcement
Replies: 61
Views: 8632

Re: Downtown Parking Enforcement

Check the Parking Violation Revenue by resident chart halfway in this article...

http://www.wonkstate.com/blog/the-regre ... violations
by herrfrank
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Parking Enforcement
Replies: 61
Views: 8632

Re: Downtown Parking Enforcement

We are probably the largest major city in us with basically 0 parking enforcement expect for maybe Mesa Arizona Parking enforcement would make the city MORE urban, not less. That I can leave a car for multiple days in a No Parking zone (I am not advising this, but it did happen for mechanical reaso...
by herrfrank
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Parking Enforcement
Replies: 61
Views: 8632

Re: Downtown Parking Enforcement

Another note:

Chicago makes $200 million per year (this is additional to the many millions they got from Goldman Sachs for the parking infrastructure) on tickets alone.
by herrfrank
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Parking Enforcement
Replies: 61
Views: 8632

Re: Downtown Parking Enforcement

Perhaps the city of KCMO should lease its parking infrastructure to a private company, like Alan Lazowski's LAZ parking (Hartford-based but they operate nationwide). The revenue can be substantial. Like one-billion-dollars substantial, for a long-term lease. Not only does the city need the $$$, but ...
by herrfrank
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd
Replies: 178
Views: 30770

Re: Black leaders seek to rename Paseo to MLK Blvd

He [Allis] was the owner of the nearby Muehlebach hotel, and by all accounts was a well loved figure, so I assume that’s why. The hotel also had an underground connection to the plaza’s parking garage. The underground connection is still there, fully functional and intact even after the M. hotel to...
by herrfrank
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Hyperloop between KC and STL
Replies: 79
Views: 9832

Re: Hyperloop between KC and STL

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. Agreed. Perhaps a Hyperloop tube that is evaculated might work... https://www.youtub...
by herrfrank
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Companies moving downtown
Replies: 264
Views: 31696

Re: Companies moving downtown

https://cityscenekc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/1400-baltimore.jpeg Fencing surrounds Baltimore and 14th street parcel. If something is built here, would it be possible for Cordish to be the developer? Another user had mentioned a Cordish officer tower before.... The 1400 Baltimore building was ...
by herrfrank
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 380
Views: 31488

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

One nugget I found that is both exciting and disappointing is that 2 airline clubs are planned for the future above the retail nodes. I don't know if "future" means they are still possible for the first phase if a tenant is found or not. The airport authority may be thinking wishfully about AA and ...