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Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

Well lets get it right first off. I'm old enough to have ridden the streetcars in KC...and I don't ever remember one going down Main. As for the new stuff, we got sold a bill of goods. Our ambulance chasing lawyer and Uncle Tom Mayor probably made a fortune off of it, just like the City Councilmen did when we got cable TV. As for construction crews...they don't give a shit about your restaurants that they don't frequent and being rednecks will do everything they can to piss you off. This city didn't need it and it will fail. Just wait...10 years from now they will be digging those tracks up just like they did in 1960.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Woody Underwood on 01/11/2015 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

Thanks a lot Savvy Dave for announcing to the world that waitstaff leave work with cash on them. Please post your personal address for the world to see.

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Posted by Dave is not Savvy on 01/10/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

Construction is inconvenient. What else is new?

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Posted by duhrr on 01/09/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

For 30 years people have been bitching about the fact that we have a sub-par public transportation system and have done little to change that fact. Unfortantely when it comes to decisions like these, regardless of the project, it's a 60/40 proposition. These are too high profile to not have detractors and the problem is waiting for a "better" plan means doing nothing for however long it takes to come to the realization that we need to get started. Mayor James understood very clearly that this would be an investment in political capital but that was outweighed by his belief that now was the time to take the first step and that it would fundamentally be worth it in the long term. That my friends is leadership.

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Posted by nowornever on 01/08/2015 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

So is the point of this article that Nancy Smith thinks very highly of herself for yelling at guys who put on a hard hat, stand in traffic and throw a jackhammer around for a living -- for doing their job? Or is it that yes, big capital construction projects are in fact a nightmare for the people who live along the route? Or is it that the Pitch writer's can't be bothered to present an opposing view/explanation in a story (no mention of trying to reach KCPD, the City, the Construction companies, developers etc. for comment)?

I know my heart is supposed to just bleed that the elite business and political class of Kansas City art getting cited when they park where they aren't supposed to, but the only real tragedy here is that this is what the publishers have decided passes for cover-level journalism at the Pitch.

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Posted by CryMeARiver on 01/08/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

Commenting on how people are dressed in their photos makes you seem immature. What exactly does that have to do with anything?
I would think after all the attention put on the mess downtown, people who have plans to go eat, see a show, visit First Fridays in the area would plan accordingly to allow enough time to park and walk, rather than acting amazed then pissed that parking is difficult right now.

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Posted by MCSKC on 01/08/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

@Lorrie Ortiz - They aren't "bitching" about the streetcar. It is very clear that they are interested in the streetcar, but the strategic planning of this construction has been completely botched. The Kauffman Center has struggled with people arriving late because navigating downtown is a nightmare. I am sure many other organizations are too. Too many streets are closed or obstructed to have anything make sense. If you are going to install something that is supposed to aid in revitalizing the area then you have to simultaneously support the tenants already there. It isn't rocket science, but judging from how you are dressed in that picture you may not have matured enough to really have a clear understanding of such things.

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Posted by Nate Wheatley on 01/07/2015 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

The streetcar is going to help all the businesses that were impossible to get to due to lack of parking it is scheduled to be done in May quit the bitching This is what all major cities are going to as opposed to light rail. Gawd people you bitch if the road isn't fixed and bitch if they try to fix it.

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Posted by Lorrie Ortiz on 01/07/2015 at 3:58 PM
Posted by Two Whistles on 01/07/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

@Ham Salad You identify yourself as progressive yet have no apparent tolerance for Kansas City having a non-megalopolis identify. That's not progress but status-quo theory. You use "Kansas Citian" contemptuously like an adolescent who complains about his parents but refuses to move out on his own. Not being beholden to Sly James and his cronies' plans is not an obstacle to growth but is in fact a call to fiscal responsibility. KC was a city long before this plan was hatched.

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Posted by KT on 01/07/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

Sly James Toy Train = Disaster !!!

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 01/07/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

No we are not interested in extensions for Northland and Riverside.

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Posted by Robert on 01/07/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

Could have just modernized and upgraded downtown's bus system for a small fraction of the cost and none of this would have ever happened.

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Posted by John on 01/07/2015 at 10:23 AM

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KT - I'd rather continue the progressive momentum we have going here in making ours one. Thanks though. You're a true Kansas Citian.

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Posted by Ham Salad on 01/07/2015 at 10:21 AM

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Lopsided- The issue with walking to parking garages is a little distinct for servers who walk out of their shift with their evening's tips. How many blocks would you want to walk through downtown in a uniform announcing you are carrying cash with a couple hundred dollars in your pocket?

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Posted by Savvy Dave on 01/07/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

Duh - why didn't they fight this when it was going in? It's a boondoggle and it will crush some businesses during construction. The mayor wanted to have a big win regardless of the cost in Dollars and Livelihoods of Business Owners in the city. Deal with it.

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Posted by DealWithIt on 01/07/2015 at 9:28 AM

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Crossroads is not downtown Ham Salad.

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Posted by Geno on 01/07/2015 at 8:53 AM

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@Ham Salad You should move to a "vibrant big city" if your appreciation and understanding of Kansas City is so low. So tired of hearing the, "but but but we're not New York/Chicago/San Francisco" blah blahs.

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Posted by KT on 01/07/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

The parking downtown is only going to get worse - and that is a very good thing. Try parking downtown in any vibrant big city in the country. It's a worthwhile trade off. Good story, Charles.

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Posted by Ham Salad on 01/07/2015 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

I'm going to make a point to dine on Main a few times this month. Hopefully once the street car is done the long term economic impact on these businesses will have made it worth it.

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Posted by GS on 01/07/2015 at 7:45 AM

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