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by herrfrank
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Is Midtown Marketplace one of the city's greatest blunders?
Replies: 239
Views: 22381

Re: Is Midtown Marketplace one of the city's greatest blunde

And yes I realize that the neighborhood was in bad shape. It was sleazy and a bit dangerous. So what though? That doesn't mean we should tear the buildings down. I will never understand how some think that the key to getting rid of crime and decay is by demolishing buildings. The buildings don't co...
by herrfrank
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Kansas City Scene
Topic: COVID-19 Casualties
Replies: 133
Views: 16413

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

My company occupies about one-fourth of One Kansas City Place (maybe one-third of the leased space). Per the latest company news, we aren't coming back downtown until summer 2021. These long, large absences must be affecting downtown retail pretty significantly.
by herrfrank
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boring Company tech to help untangle highway mess
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: Boring Company tech to help untangle highway mess

The limestone layers, both the Winterset and the Bethany Falls groups, are thick, sturdy, and level. They would be the best candidates for deep tunnel boring through KC. However, midtown and downtown represent significant plateaux, requiring any north-south route that would pass under the east-west ...
by herrfrank
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Urban Living
Topic: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)
Replies: 139
Views: 83226

Re: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)

^ This estate at 6505 State Line Road was prominently featured in the 1989 filming in Kansas City of Merchant-Ivory's adaptation "Mr & Mrs Bridge." It's the home of Doctor Sauer, a Freudian psychoanalyst "frenemy" of Walter Bridge. A jazz-themed engagement party was filmed at the home, including a c...
by herrfrank
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Kansas City Scene
Topic: COVID-19 Casualties
Replies: 133
Views: 16413

Re: COVID-19 Casualties

i think i saw a charisse social media post that said they were going to press pause and reserve capital for a real reopening when things got closer to normal. my walking around impression of their business is that it's heavily reliant on business lunch traffic so it makes sense that they called it ...
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 552
Views: 84679

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

^ Adding for clarity... BA habitually uses AA clubs (they are the OneWorld alliance keystone airlines) at other US airports. This is a strong indicator for MCI-LHR on BA, and also why AA doesn't close clubs at nonhub airports where BA operates a long-haul London flight (EWR, DEN, TPA). But where BA ...
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 552
Views: 84679

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

The popular rumor I heard on a lounge is a generic (PriorityPass) one that could be shared by multiple airlines like a BA. There was space for 2 lounges overall in the plans (3 if you count USO). There is a third location next to AA. The agent who used to man the front desk at the "gate 80" Admiral...
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 552
Views: 84679

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

KC's first European long-haul flight would likely be LHR London Heathrow on BA (perhaps codeshare with AA). MCI Kansas City was rumored to be in the next few US cities for LHR nonstop service until the COVID calamity. AA has recently moved to LHR Terminal 5, so connections between the US and BA's Eu...
by herrfrank
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: N-S Bike Path in Urban Core
Replies: 24
Views: 2129

Re: N-S Bike Path in Urban Core

Although not in the city budget, SW Tfwy would make an excellent candidate for tunneling like often done with thoroughfares in European cities. The modern tunneling machines could make quick work of two, 20-foot-diameter tubes, starting about 10 feet below the current road surface. Running from som...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: N-S Bike Path in Urban Core
Replies: 24
Views: 2129

Re: N-S Bike Path in Urban Core

I won't do SW TFWY either for the same reason. If I'm going to walk I want it enjoyable and it's easy to go one block EW. It is manageable but there is a definite ped/bike barrier, that was partial due to the physical environment, right around 31st. There are few throughways especially west of main...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Q3/4 (re-)occupancy needed - service industry needs love
Replies: 22
Views: 3009

Re: Downtown Q3/4 (re-)occupancy needed - service industry needs love

I think offices will look to bring back a focus on spaced, individual, work spaces, like cubicles, or something similar. There will be needs for collaboration spaces, and that need may need to be larger so as to not crowd people in a tiny conference room at times. It will be an interesting mix. I c...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Q3/4 (re-)occupancy needed - service industry needs love
Replies: 22
Views: 3009

Re: Downtown Q3/4 (re-)occupancy needed - service industry needs love

My company occupies several floors at One KC Place (1200 Main). We are not expecting to return to the office until October, at the earliest. Probably not until 2021. There is also strong indication from leadership that people who want to work from home, forever if they desire, will be allowed. There...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Urban Living
Topic: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)
Replies: 139
Views: 83226

Re: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)

Any property between 55th Street and the Intercontinental Hotel that accesses directly onto Ward Parkway, and in particular the hill, has a hellish entrance versus traffic issue. I've known several people on either side, both close to the Plaza and further up in Sunset Hill. It is always a drama get...
by herrfrank
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 268
Views: 45377

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

The mural/mosaic has disappeared And these boxes have appeared I recently came across some Kodachromes that my Grandmother took around Christmas 1962, one of which was the new Arthur Kraft mural on the Board of Education/ Central Library building. Unfortunately at 577KB, it is too large to add here.
by herrfrank
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 865
Views: 97043

Re: COVID19

Infections are increasing but death rate is dropping. In the past. month we have had 19k deaths vs 100k in 2 months We are better off if everyone if everyone healthy just got infected and get it over with instead of dragging it out Variolation is a valid idea, but this virus has weird effects that ...
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: The KC City Flag
Replies: 132
Views: 36351

Re: The KC City Flag

I fly the 1970s-1980s flag (the knot by itself, as referenced above) whenever I fly the KC flag at home. It's still available for purchase online. I prefer it to the current flag. At some time toward the end of its lifecycle, the words "City of Kansas City" were added to the knot design, which was t...
by herrfrank
Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Sprint sale rumors again
Replies: 260
Views: 77888

Re: Sprint sale rumors again

Yes, Masayoshi Son has/had a home in Mission Hills as well. Immediately next door to Marcelo Claure's house on Wenonga Road. Both remain unsold (I think Claure has a renter), and each are about 3 million overpriced IMHO and will sell closer to 5 million. Generational observation: during their execu...
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Kansas City Scene
Topic: Webster House....
Replies: 34
Views: 4874

Re: Webster House....

Good point. KC peeps cannot walk. Maybe a more casual performance + food venue featuring the KC Symphony? Like a chamber-orchestra-cocktail-lounge type thing? Is Shirley that hip? Shirley might erect a stylized, airport-esque honky tube with moderate-speed moving walkways. If you can cross from ter...
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Memorializing Racists
Replies: 42
Views: 7135

Re: Memorializing Racists

Are people also advocating the removal of the Policemen and Firemen Memorial fountain on 31st Street? Where does this end?
by herrfrank
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)
Replies: 4374
Views: 623118

Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

It will be heartbreaking if they burn portions of the Plaza. A huge majority of protesters are there peacefully, it's the minority within that group that wants to cause the problems. To me, burning property and cars along with breaking windows and looting stores does nothing to advance a cause. If ...