Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Pitch Questionnaire with Historic Kansas City Foundation executive director Amanda Crawley

The director of the Historic KC Foundation shares her current favorites.

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Name: Amanda Crawley

Occupation: Executive director, Historic Kansas City Foundation

Hometown: Prairie Village

Current neighborhood: Brookside

Who or what is your sidekick? The two things that go to bed with me: my cairn terrier, Angus, and my iPad.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Emergency-medicine doctor. I love the pace and work well under pressure. Most people don't know I was pre-med for four years of college, before choosing architecture and historic preservation.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Pot Pie

Where do you drink? Chez Charlie's is a go-to favorite for darts with friends. It's like a time capsule. Or happy hour at Pierpont's. Nothing is better than a classic dirty martini and oysters.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Right now, I'm saving for a kitchen renovation. My house was built in 1919, and my kitchen is probably from the 1970s. It needs help, and I'm not even sure if my oven is safe to use.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Power & Light District

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? That's a very good question because I have friends coming in a few weeks! I'm planning on Loose Park, Lill's on 17th for dinner, Kauffman Center, and the Bloch addition to the Nelson-Atkins. The Mutual Musicians Foundation, too, if we can stay up long enough for their late-night jam session.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when it ... " Developed the parks and boulevards system.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Neglected to build mass transit or implement smart growth initiatives.

"Kansas City needs ... " More young professionals who have studied or lived elsewhere, to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives.

"If I were in charge ... " Kansas City would have stronger preservation laws and public policies to encourage the reuse of old buildings.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Have an obsession with jigsaw puzzles. Once I start them, I can't stop.

_____ takes up a lot of space in my iTunes: All of the music I inherited from my sister's old iPod. I discovered some of my favorites: Beulah, Yo La Tengo, Elliott Smith and Daft Punk.
What TV show do you make sure you watch? Mad Men and Girls. Friday Night Lights and Six Feet Under are all-time favorites.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? I never watch a movie twice.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? I like to go to the drive-in at least once a year.

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: I don't like roller coasters. But if you could produce Tim Riggins, I would go.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: People who don't say what they mean or mean what they say.

What subscription do you value most? Netflix. I also really value my dad's subscription to Esquire - so much more clever and smart than girl magazines. He wonders why I keep getting it for him for Christmas every year.

Last book you read: Breaking Night by Liz Murray (not to be confused with Breaking Dawn).

Favorite day trip: Weston at Christmastime

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Well, my actual most embarrassing moment cannot be explained in this amount of space, but it involved me not wearing my glasses and a zoo.

Describe a recent triumph: Successfully getting my grandmother moved from rural North Carolina to assisted living in Kansas City without any mental breakdowns from myself, my mother or my grandmother. We are both still in the will.

The Historic Kansas City Foundation's annual meeting is at Foundation Architectural Reclamation (1221 Union) Thursday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m.
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