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by herrfrank
Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: Postcards From the Edge of Time
Replies: 586
Views: 179538

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: 381
Views: 34894

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: 381
Views: 34894

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: 1124
Views: 149250

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: 1124
Views: 149250

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: 88035

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: 57412

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: 57412

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: 914
Views: 188043

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: 40062

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...
by herrfrank
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: General Amtrak Discussion
Replies: 235
Views: 40062

Re: General Amtrak Discussion

LD dining car meal service has resumed. https://media.amtrak.com/2021/06/amtrak-restores-traditional-dining-on-western-long-distance-routes/ This also expands the previously reduced service on the Orlando-DC Autotrain (which apparently was the only train doing any dining car service, and then only o...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: New Stadiums Discussion
Topic: Downtown Baseball Stadium
Replies: 783
Views: 95974

Re: Future Stadium Plans: Chiefs and Royals

My hot take has always been to build a Chiefs stadium on Penn Valley Park so we could actually get some use out of that park for once and it has the amount of land needed for a stadium and lots. But I surmise this will never happen. OMG what is with all the vitriol lately about Penn Valley Park 1. ...
by herrfrank
Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Capping the Loop
Replies: 1124
Views: 149250

Re: Capping the Loop

As mentioned upthread, Penn Valley Park is the "central" park of Kansas City -- Swope Park is more akin to Forest Park in St. Louis, and Loose Park is a small scale NY Central Park, surrounded by rich residential areas. Penn Valley Park is however seriously compromised by its sacrifice as a cut-thro...
by herrfrank
Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 381
Views: 34894

Re: Katz on Main

Yeah asking for TIF so they can retrofit a pool was pure TIF exploitation. At least for private use. If publicly accessible pool, great use of TIF. If they add a public element as significant as a public market that is generally inclusive to MIdtown demographics, enough TIF to add private pool or d...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 06, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 381
Views: 34894

Re: Katz on Main

Two items stuck out as verboten. first the name Lux when seeking current city incentives/ LOL if that is really how the City Council evaluates proposals. What other words must be avoided? Even at full price and no subsidies, I bet a proposal from the hypothetical Nichols Restrictive Luxury company ...
by herrfrank
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 381
Views: 34894

Re: Katz on Main

^ :-| depressing Katz Drug in Westport is iconic Kansas City. Clarence Kivett was at his post-juvenile upswing, full of the energy that KC exuded in the 1920s-1930s. Is it immature deco? Yes, but it bespeaks a period in time. Later he did adult projects (with Myers) like the Truman Sports Complex an...
by herrfrank
Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 701
Views: 108536

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Bird coming to Prairie Village for a 9-month pilot: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2021/06/23/bird-scooters-prairie-village-125574/ Amusingly, I saw two abandoned scooters last week around 9pm on Indian Lane on the Kansas City Country Club easement -- between 63d and Mission Drive. I wondered how t...
by herrfrank
Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: OFFICIAL - Main Street Streetcar Extension
Replies: 3088
Views: 491110

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Thank you Dave for posting the TDD notice above -- why is tax-exempt property taxed more than twice what for-profit commercial property pays? So a million-dollar church would pay $3328 per annum and a million-dollar retail building would pay $1536 -- or am I reading the table incorrectly?
by herrfrank
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments
Replies: 1241
Views: 237853

Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

I think AA is going to take a run at MCI-BOS and MCI-JFK (they already have loaded MCI-LGA onto the autumn schedule) as part of their new code-sharing with JetBlue. They also recently announced a joint points promotion with JetBlue that makes additional Boston and New York service appear likely. htt...
by herrfrank
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 381
Views: 34894

Re: Katz on Main

Taxation is all about incentives, so I don't agree that taxes shouldn't force uses. Their point is to incentivize productive use for the community. Taxation used to incent outcomes (or nudging as Cass Sunstein calls it) is a relatively new function, and not a primary nor historic function. The prim...