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by herrfrank
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - The Continental Apartments (former Mark Twain Tower)
Replies: 226
Views: 60766

Re: OFFICIAL - The Continental Apartments (former Mark Twain Tower)

Kite Singleton is still around -- someone should ask him.
by herrfrank
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: Postcards From the Edge of Time
Replies: 576
Views: 170860

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

I've got several neckties and a couple of suits from Palace (borrowed from my Dad). It used to dominate the men's clothing retail space in KC, but it did not make (attempt to make) the transition to the suburbs. The company, and that building, closed in 1964.
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments
Replies: 1229
Views: 225648

Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Does the JetBlue announcement mean that AA will drop the MCI-BOS service and/ or MCI-LGA service on the schedule this autumn? MCI-BOS is really the hole in the map, as UA will always offer nonstop service to Newark which is a $70 Uber ride into Manhattan and usually takes less than 45 minutes.
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 370
Views: 28244

Re: Katz on Main

Even in 1940, many people still wouldn't have had cars --especially during WWII because automakers stopped making cars entirely, and gas and tire rationing during the war. They either walked or took bus/streetcar to shop in their neighborhoods. transit ridership was way down by 1940. Pre-war it pea...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCMO Downtown Streetcar
Replies: 5818
Views: 750046

Re: KCMO Downtown Streetcar

I think you are much better off getting traffic off the tracks and increasing frequency. KCMO needs to figure out a way to get people to use other streets downtown besides the streets the trams are on. Most of the streets in downtown KC are totally empty, including Grand. Make it hard to drive down...
by herrfrank
Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 370
Views: 28244

Re: Katz on Main

The Mobil service station reminds me of the (still operating) ancient service station at 63d and Main, in Brookside. Again, evidence at how Westport was almost village-like in 1940
by herrfrank
Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 370
Views: 28244

Re: Katz on Main

That streetcar overpass reminded me of a gate in on old town wall. Nice analogy -- it was an impressive structure, and it did signal the transition from the Plaza to Westport, despite its simple construction of 1930s Red-D-Mix concrete. I liked how it had a separated passageway for the pedestrian t...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 16, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 370
Views: 28244

Re: Katz on Main

Historically until very recently there was a building taller than the proposed apartments almost directly across from Katz. It was an apartment with a curved facade just south of the grocery market. Would be nice to put a similar sized new building there. It would enclose the interesting little acc...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Missouri Suburbs
Topic: Bannister Mall/Cerner
Replies: 663
Views: 166809

Re: Bannister Mall/Cerner

^ Maybe Whataburger HQ ?
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 370
Views: 28244

Re: Katz on Main

Per my Dad, who lived nearby from the 1920s until the 1940s: The basement had a large pet department "biggest in Kansas City" -- exotic birds, purebred dogs, unusual cats. Tanks of fish. Plus discounted clearance merchandise. The mezzanine, which had a balcony, was where all the radio consoles and c...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: Postcards From the Edge of Time
Replies: 576
Views: 170860

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Lots of these buildings were still standing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Going downtown was kind of like an archaeological dig back then (it was slightly seedy, but kids from school would go down there during daylight hours). Never heard of any serious crimes except for the brief period of the...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 370
Views: 28244

Re: Katz on Main

My father recalls back in the 1930s, that Katz would put controversial items on the mezzanine at this location, near the fancy radio consoles where adults would linger. Very, very curious about "controversial items"! I'll ask him what other controversial items he can remember besides the Hitler boo...
by herrfrank
Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 370
Views: 28244

Re: Katz on Main

Maybe the pool can be like the zoo where every KC residents gets a one day free pass. My father recalls back in the 1930s, that Katz would put controversial items on the mezzanine at this location, near the fancy radio consoles where adults would linger. The mezzanine will of course soon be the dee...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Capping the Loop
Replies: 1014
Views: 134912

Re: Capping the Loop

^LOLOLOL Somehow this topic reminds me that Irving Berlin song from Call Me Madam... I hear singing and there's no one there I smell blossoms and the trees are bare All day long I seem to walk on air I wonder why, I wonder why I keep tossing in my sleep at night And what's more I've lost my appetite...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 13, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Capping the Loop
Replies: 1014
Views: 134912

Re: Capping the Loop

I posted elsewhere about the historic importance of Penn Valley Park -- suffice it to say that with some moderate re-design, in particular the removal of Broadway and some other roads, it would be an excellent "large" park for the downtown area. Loose Park is clearly successful as a "mid-size" park ...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Lightwell (formerly City Center Square)
Replies: 356
Views: 83544

Re: OFFICIAL - Lightwell (formerly City Center Square)

Well, I hope this place is ready to get busy. My division of about 500 people next door at 1KC Place will be back in the office workweeks starting September 7. Mostly people asked questions about parking (always a favorite topic for KC Rag lololol), but a few asked about the amenities nearby. I actu...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Johnson County Transit (The JO)
Replies: 342
Views: 55108

Re: Johnson County Transit (The JO)

Well BNSF wants to re-route the Chief. Maybe Sharice Davids could get on that with Buttgieg (the new Transportation Sec'y) in exchange for a starter commuter line agreement. Foamers would FREAK if Amtrak agreed to re-routing away from the historic "Topeka and Santa Fe" route. Although I would bet th...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Johnson County Transit (The JO)
Replies: 342
Views: 55108

Re: Johnson County Transit (The JO)

^Both of those lines are BNSF, and the comment upthread is correct. BNSF doesn't like to share. However, Amtrak has some power to coerce sharing of track, and I think a commuter rail could take the same approach. Actually, BNSF has wanted for years to re-route the Chief over the Olathe-Wichita-Amari...
by herrfrank
Sun Jul 11, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 856
Views: 168004

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

To be fair, it wasn't a "hole" or unoccupied lot -- the IBM building was there, a good example of low-rise modernism. Perhaps not the highest use for this particular corner, but to imply that it was an empty space is incorrect.
by herrfrank
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: General Amtrak Discussion
Replies: 235
Views: 37345

Re: General Amtrak Discussion

One more thing... Dining car service does NOT mean an improvement to Amtrak wine. I strongly advise my fellow travellers to bring your own wines. Remember to partially uncork in your sleeper (saves time and avoids pearl-clutchers). A pre-emptive tip to the dining car steward, and he will look the ot...