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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:40 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:east transit plaza starts construction monday: https://t.co/7pa1JtQ769

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So with the east plaza apparently complete, are there plans for some kind of seating/tables, benches, etc.? With the high foot traffic right there it could use a food truck or something, especially on Saturdays. Or inside restaurants/coffeshop setting up their own outside stand.

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Re: Union Station

Post by mister816 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:49 am

something like this would make a KILLING out there.
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Re: Union Station

Post by flyingember » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:55 am

How to tell it's just a concept is when it's clearly not ADA compliant.

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Re: Union Station

Post by smh » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:26 pm

I'll bite, why is it not ADA compliant?

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Re: Union Station

Post by gfisch95 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:58 pm

The concept appears raised above ground level with no ramps.

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Re: Union Station

Post by smh » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:21 pm

gfisch95 wrote:The concept appears raised above ground level with no ramps.
Well sure.

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Re: Union Station

Post by flyingember » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:44 pm

gfisch95 wrote:The concept appears raised above ground level with no ramps.
there's. It enough clearance for wheelchairs to navigate the tables either

It's a cool concept but you can tell it's more a thought experiment than a serious idea.

Case in point, I don't think they left space for a coffee maker

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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:34 am

So are there still plans to add significant seating on the platform between streetcar stop and US building? It direly needs more seating if not a mini-restaurant with patio. Allowing permits for foodie trucks would be a nice touch too. Or mobile carts for the US restaurants if there is some kind of non-compete concern.

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Re: Union Station

Post by moderne » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:47 am

Pershing Road is the most monumental area in town, but lacks actual people visible between the attractions. The honky tube does not help even though I appreciate it in the winter. Now that the even before inadequate Corinthian Hall will never be able to accommodate a true regional history museum this would be an ideal site. The only other site for a history museum on the streetcar line would be the north loop Commerce bank parking lots.

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Re: Union Station

Post by flyingember » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:05 pm

earthling wrote:So are there still plans to add significant seating on the platform between streetcar stop and US building? It direly needs more seating if not a mini-restaurant with patio. Allowing permits for foodie trucks would be a nice touch too. Or mobile carts for the US restaurants if there is some kind of non-compete concern.
Bike parking on that site would be helpful

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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Sat May 06, 2017 9:02 am

introducing: the newly-renovated union station transit plaza!

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Re: Union Station

Post by kcjak » Mon May 08, 2017 7:42 am

I'll have to check it out in person - the photo is nice, but a little underwhelming.

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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Mon May 08, 2017 8:16 am

Ideally there would be some kind of mini restaurant, carts from inside restaurants or permit food trucks but a minimum there should be dozens of these on the platform if not more permanent seating....

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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Mon May 08, 2017 8:23 am

Also, my brother is in town from Brooklyn and we took the streetcar Saturday, was amazing how packed it was all day, and busier than normal early morning. They were running 4 trains all day. There was the 1 year streetcar party at the platform//front lot and had a great vibe. Would be cool to schedule similar events most every weekend throughout the summer for the platform, or at least tentatively - sort of like mini 'popup festivals' that may be canceled if it rains.

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Re: Union Station

Post by WoodDraw » Mon May 08, 2017 9:01 am

earthling wrote:Also, my brother is in town from Brooklyn and we took the streetcar Saturday, was amazing how packed it was all day, and busier than normal early morning. They were running 4 trains all day. There was the 1 year streetcar party at the platform//front lot and had a great vibe. Would be cool to schedule similar events most every weekend throughout the summer for the platform, or at least tentatively - sort of like mini 'popup festivals' that may be canceled if it rains.
I think Saturday was the busiest streetcar day so far. The entire weekend was crowded which was great to see.

[edit] 17,267 for Saturday, over 40,000 for the weekend

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Re: Union Station

Post by grovester » Mon May 08, 2017 7:18 pm

I was hoping they'd ditch the concrete stoop. I assume it's for seating? Seems awkward when disembarking in a large crowd.

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Re: Union Station

Post by joshmv » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:32 pm

Full view of Union Station and the new west side upgrades from Eric Bowers.

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video. ... &width=560

Hopefully that link works for everybody. If not, you can just go to his facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/ericbowersphoto/

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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:46 pm

Impressive on many levels. The train going by, can see chandeliers inside station, the eerie sky, very cool.

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Re: Union Station

Post by TheLastGentleman » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:37 pm

I was wondering around the station the other day, imagining myself as a tourist wanting to walk to Liberty Memorial. It had never occurred to me just how uninviting the trip across Pershing is. Either way it's a frustratingly indirect path to get to a spot less than 200ft away. This makes the fancy new plaza almost functionally useless.
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It seems like putting some crosswalks around the Bloch fountain would benefit both Union Station and the WWI Museum, offering a clearer and shorter connection between the two.Image
Here's an image I made with my amazing photoshop skills.
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To me this is a natural, but I've never heard any discussion about it. I'm no expert; are there regulations that would deter this setup?
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Re: Union Station

Post by pash » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:58 pm

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