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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: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Never send a real estate agent to do an appraisers job. Unbelievable that the county didn't have one done for highest and best use alone!

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Posted by Tommy Sheehy on 01/07/2015 at 12:57 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: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Thing is there is some just Dumb Enough to tear down a Iconic building like that and "Throw up" some Cheap Pre-Fab Dull Square building in its place and try to sell everybody (All the Sheep) that its a fine building !

I've seen a lotta older buildings redone that look nice when completed and still hold its vintage era aurora of the past.

somebody just wants to demolish the thing so they can get construction contacts and create a few Temporary jobs till a new building is erected at a whopping price tag, what it boils down to !!!

seen it all before, its happened before.

Stupidity, ignorance & Greed always come into play, yet they'll attempt to tell ya otherwise.

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 01/07/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

As Usual, same ol' Developer Fantasy Hype of Phony Illusions followed up with Fancy Graphs and Mystecial Illusionary Charts to Ba'fooey the General Public and City Council members, as they typically do, to push their projects and Development.

Lets see, as I remember correctly from the early 1990s, the KC Nascar Track which was supposed to have a lotta races and ended up only having 1 major race a year, which raised eyebrows later on, amend complaints.

The KCPL District which has turned into a major Flop, but that's NOT how City officials billed it at the time back then or the Developers ,,,,,,,

and look at the Mission Mall,,, 10 years later - need I say more ~ !!!

Last but not least the good ol' Merriam Town Center Shopping Mall,,, which was recently completely Demolished to erect one of the Ugliest unsightly buildings I've ever seen, of the worst color combination that even a Toddler would find Disgusting -

that being the IKEA Store, now located at I-35 & Johnson Drive !

Really, talk about an eyesore.

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 01/07/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

On the opinion of one nincompoop, OP paid almost $2 million for some land with a weird, dilapidated building that realistically is maybe worth $850k, assuming the crap building is leveled, so the rational course of action...is to spend another $28 million on that leaky, moldy building to turn it into an "art space"?

Bulletproof idea. Well done, everyone. LOL.

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Posted by Eyelbee Damned on 01/07/2015 at 11:22 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crossroads is not downtown Ham Salad.

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

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

@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

Re: “We'd rather not hear from last year's bad newsmakers

To the staff of the Pitch: Bravo! Keep outing assholes and hypocrites.

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Posted by ThinkerReader on 01/06/2015 at 10:24 PM

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

David, you are 100% right. And what the city did was totally by the book. That doesn't mean it was right. So what happens now is when they come back and ask for expansion, people have a bad taste in their mouth, and they tell the city "no" (civics 101). Like they did in the fall. Most people aren't looking for "gotcha" politics. Most people want to see the city succeed. We have to keep re-hashing it because the city wants to expand, but folks don't trust that the city is being honest. Mayor James will turn it around though.

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Posted by SadInTheNorthland on 01/06/2015 at 10:23 PM

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

Non-resident property owners don't vote, residents do. Civics 101. Why are we still rehashing this basic fact?

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Posted by David Johnson on 01/06/2015 at 10:08 PM

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

Kotar hits the nail on the head. City leaders continue to try statewide political tactics. Kansas City has a very low voter turnout. Those that turnout are more informed at a higher percentage than folks that vote in Presidential or statewide elections. So the messaging tactics that work in statewide and federal elections due a higher density in lower information voters, runs a higher risk of failure at the City level. People can sense when someone is trying to pull one over on them. Once bitten, twice shy. What the city has done is poison the well.

Whether they like the streetcar or not, Kansas Citians are pragmatic people by and large. We have a starter line, and its here to stay. No one wants to throw that money out the window. Even the most ardent opponents realize this. Its here, lets make the best of it. If the city were to try to be open and honest, the folks that actually vote in KC will think for themselves and make an informed decision. Don't treat us like we can't think for ourselves, or that we need to be protected from the facts. It is what it is, make amends and move forward.

What really baffles me is that this is coming from the James Administration. The same administration that ran one of the best mayoral campaigns in the last 20 years. The same administration that had Kemet "The Phantom" Coleman pen a song to engage millennials. The same administration that rolled out TogetherKC. Perhaps Mr. James has been stained by the KC political class, or his true colors are showing. I believe it is the former, and to ensure his legacy he will be getting back to what is right. Get back to the Sly James we voted for.

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Posted by SadInTheNorthland on 01/06/2015 at 8:32 PM

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