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by horizons82
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2647
Views: 337727

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Nearly a year between end of construction and actual public operations? Seems awfully long. Wasn’t it more like 6 months for the starter line?
by horizons82
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

Why is it so hard to make a parking garage look nice? Building code requirements coupled with high costs for air handling systems. Code stipulates a certain amount of fresh air moving through the garage at all times, ergo you're limited in how much you can cover up. Fire protection requirements can...
by horizons82
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Fantasy Retrofits: Barney Allis Plaza
Replies: 186
Views: 33955

Re: Fantasy Retrofits: Barney Allis Plaza

It’s a horribly rendered video. I suspect the final product would be better than what’s shown. That said, there does seem to be a dearth of amenities for such a Central Park.
by horizons82
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown Baseball Stadium
Replies: 835
Views: 140721

Re: Downtown Baseball Stadium

FWIW, sporting designed their stadium with expansion in mind. They can add 8k seats to the east end of the stadium alone.

Here’s a star article from a few years back on it:

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mls/sp ... 46573.html
by horizons82
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 617
Views: 79360

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

I think that's the goal, given the questionable financials and terrible design.
by horizons82
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Second and Delaware
Replies: 160
Views: 47782

Re: OFFICIAL - Second and Delaware

The Venn diagram of people who can afford that for a one bedroom and who are willing to accept the finishes shown, in the name of supposedly being green, seems exceptionally small in KC.

Good god.
by horizons82
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

So which gave us a poor design in this situation? I mean without turning this into a red string mess of interconnections, the main culprit is the city parking requirements and in a distant second place building code egress and fire protection. The parking garage ties into what financiers are dictat...
by horizons82
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

People have every right to complain, but you’ve got to ground it in the realities of A) what the building code dictates; B) what the market/financiers dictate; C) what the required program is; and arguably most importantly D) What the city mandates. People should push developers to be better. The be...
by horizons82
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?
Replies: 128
Views: 24479

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

Fantastic photos fang, thanks. Would love to see the East side repopulated with homes like those.
by horizons82
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

In my view it’s a case of “you get what you paid for.” And planned for. The city could have been more robust in its planning for the hotel, but it sat around and had no gameplan when a developer stepped up. The city could have land banked an easier site to develop. They could have modified parking r...
by horizons82
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

I'll take a corner retail space and what the residence inn did at ground level 100 times over what Loews did. Is it perfect? no. Not being unreasonable to ask for better than what Loews gave us. But what in the hell are you talking about? The entire residence inn frontage is a Porte Cochere! I’ve a...
by horizons82
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

I think we're being too cute by half pretending that this: https://goo.gl/maps/XCNweJs8sQKyVMj29 is an exceptionally better pedestrian experience than what you're getting one block west. This block has some glazing from the lobby & tenant which makes it marginally better. Even then, that glazing is ...
by horizons82
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

I guess I don’t get the fixation on the docks. They take up far less frontage than the garage or even the porte cochere. If you’re afraid of constant deliveries, that seems like more a city ordinance that needs to happen than some fault of the developer or the design team. Honestly as all of downtow...
by horizons82
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

Private alley: as TLG and normal things mentioned, grading doesn’t work if the alley is running E-W. If you’re going to run it N-S then you’re looking at intensive earthwork. IIRC most of what was there was rocky bluff, making it tougher to carve out than most. Dock along Truman: I don’t know KC’s l...
by horizons82
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 3164
Views: 414168

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

Are we totally forgetting the honkey tube, too? I know it's a convention hotel, but the ground-level experience leaves so much to be desired... especially facing the Crossroads (where it sits). I'm sure it will be successful, just like the Downtown Marriott that precedes it. See I’m with TLG on thi...
by horizons82
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 532
Views: 91290

Re: Layoffs at The Star

It's more than reasonable to expect a new article every day for the price he's charging. Heck $6/month gets you multiple new articles per day with the Shawnee Mission Post. Not every article has to be a breaking story. Curbed Chicago already does a good mix of this with realty pieces; maps; guides; ...
by horizons82
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Broadway
Replies: 162
Views: 41900

Re: Broadway

Thanks for all the pics Dave! Agreed about being impressed with how MGE is already looking. Shaping up to be one of the more impressive remodels in KC.
by horizons82
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?
Replies: 128
Views: 24479

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

flyingember wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:04 am
Yes, but Halls wouldn't be in a precarious position.

Apple on the other hand...
Good lord dude, reread the post. I said precarious proposition not position, but thanks for the semantics.
by horizons82
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?
Replies: 128
Views: 24479

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

This, the garage at 47th & Penn, and the old halls are about the only places in the bowl I think you could demo and redevelop without all hell breaking loose. And even then Halls is probably a precarious proposition. Halls isn't on the Plaza. They closed that store in 2014. Hence why I said the old...
by horizons82
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?
Replies: 128
Views: 24479

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

Bulldoze the entire center block with the Starbucks and rebuild it. It’s almost entirely parking on the most valuable piece of Plaza real estate This, the garage at 47th & Penn, and the old halls are about the only places in the bowl I think you could demo and redevelop without all hell breaking lo...