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

County advances $22M plan to repurpose King Louie building
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/01/08/johnson-county-king-louie-repurposing.html

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Posted by UpdateitlikeitbePitch on 01/08/2015 at 3:29 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: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Raze the place. Build a BassPro, IKEA, or WalMart with gozillions of tax incentives. That always works.

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Posted by visionary on 01/08/2015 at 12:22 PM

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

Waiting to see if this article will be updated based on today's Board meeting.

Posted by TellitlikeitisPitch on 01/08/2015 at 10:10 AM

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

Crazy clown, "there is some?!?" Try there ARE some, and you're calling others ignorant?!?! And it would take more space than avail to list the rest of your grammar blunders, you genius. They invested 4 times the value of the property without doing due diligence, and you think that pouring a bunch of good money on top of bad is the best resolution? Do you need a job, and, if so, is there a Johnson County commissioner spot open?!?! You were born for politics bro!!!!

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Posted by jskateskcrb@aol.com.com on 01/08/2015 at 7:12 AM

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

850k sounds like a pretty good price. Id be willing to offer 675k and open my new entertainment complex that will be naming The Shady Lady South.

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Posted by m on 01/07/2015 at 10:35 PM

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

Look at all the buildings that are empty on the mile strip of land it's just sad. King Louie, 9350 and 9300 (old Sprint buildings where the lake is across from K-Mart) Also K-Mart, and Metcalf South. It makes no sense why that area is dying since there is so much traffic there.

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Posted by Scott Goodman on 01/07/2015 at 4:09 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

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

That location was once a prime spot, and now blight is taking hold. Are auto dealerships the best we can hope for? How is it that a huge entertainment complex is thriving at 135th street (featuring a museum, no less) while the Metcalf South area continues its descent? Where is the vision from our leaders?

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Posted by sweet hitchhiker on 01/07/2015 at 3:28 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: “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

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