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Re: “The Mission Gateway debacle keeps getting worse

...well, not the best kept secret, I didn't mean that. Keep it Mission! And the best KNOWN place for unique places, plus some big places like Target. And, if someone needs to go to Wally World, it's just six blocks away.

An aquarium? WHY? Mission will never be a destination place like that. It might be considered the place next to the Plaza, next to OP, but more so, a comfortable place to live, with places all around to do the other stuff. Look at places like Waldo or Brookside for examples. Only BETTER!

Posted by Cathy Weibel Allen on 11/16/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “The Mission Gateway debacle keeps getting worse

I grew up in Mission and most of my in-town family lives there. I recently wanted to move back to Mission, into an apartment. If he doesn't see the value of apartments there, he is an idiot. A motel or hotel would be nice, given its lack of any, and especially its proximity to the highway and the Plaza, where prices are too high for many. He is an idiot and is playing Mission, and I don't use that word often. There is ALEADY a Walmart six blocks from that space, and it is always booming; Roeland Park needs this staple of its economy, as well. The demographics of Mission, coupled with where the city resides, has so much going for it. Great restaurants (admit, it could use a few more sit downs like the old Coyote Grill), there are two Walmarts within swinging distance, a Target, and Hyvee, an always well managed and loved grocery store. The smaller shops there are awesome and what bring some charm to the place, but if Wally World makes it in there, Mission will just be another Overland Park, Shawnee, etc. Mission is special. The folks who live and shop there are not unique to this world, but enjoy the nuances. I'm not an economic expert, I know. But this guy is looking for the cash, and perhaps waiting for Mission to buy him out. I don't know the politics of Mission; I just know, keeping Mission, well "Mission" is going to be a challenge in this day-in-age. The citiezens of Mission are going to have to start spending their money at place like Straussers, the beauty shops, the antique places, liquor stores, and everything Mission that is Unique to its neighbor cities. It is not the Plaza, but the Plaza wasn't the Plaza until Nichols invested in the right things. Certainly not a Walmart. But Mission IS NOT the Plaza, nor should it ever be. It is a place to call home, one of the last small cities left here to do so. If I knew the answer, I'd be a millionaire. Well probably not because I don't have the money. But doing Mission like OP or Shawnee or Lenexa is a partial mix; put in a few non box stores, which they've already done, develop it so more folks can live and spend there. Keep it the best kept secret it the KC Metro Area.

Posted by Cathy Weibel Allen on 11/16/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Up-Down Arcade Bar to take over Hamburger Mary's space

Defender please

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by CMC on 11/16/2014 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Montra Johnson, KCMO homicide No. 79: Police ID bus stop shooting victim

Love u tra big cuzzin i llove u. Bro i still. Cant belive dis im crying right no. I rember all the l good times we had i was on my way to yo house y it happend love u tra

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Slaap Mob on 11/15/2014 at 6:53 PM

Re: “David Bazan performs tonight at the Bottleneck with Seattle's Passenger String Quartet

Awesome show last night. Can't wait for volume 2!

Posted by Jeffrey Means on 11/15/2014 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Here's what Missouri Department of Transportation employees have to say about working for the agency

Hey what's with all the "***" in the comments?! What are they hiding?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by puberta on 11/15/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Former employees say Missouri Department of Transportation leaders preyed on older workers

I would be remiss in not reminding readers that this same department asked for MORE taxpayer money as recently as August. Thankfully the voting body understood that taxation to pay for roads (and apparently discrimination lawsuits) was a BAD idea.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by TiredTaxpayer on 11/15/2014 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Up-Down Arcade Bar to take over Hamburger Mary's space

These are great guys! Gonna be a radical addition to the crossroads!

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Caleb Lynott on 11/15/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Former employees say Missouri Department of Transportation leaders preyed on older workers

There were no winners in any of this. The Bolder Five Year Direction was a miserable concept to live through. KC District management were so arrogant to kick people, good and bad, out of positions and put there friends in those spots and thought there would be no repercussions. Well Karma is a bitter bitch and she is seeking her revenge. The employees that did have a job through the process had to work with survivors guilt amongst the ones that didn't for months. The ones that lost their jobs to others that had friends in the right places and chose to seek compensation were humiliated far more than what their settlements reflect. Tax payers are paying the cost for this nonsense.

23 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by had2Bthere on 11/15/2014 at 5:15 AM

Re: “Does Wyandotte County have more fire protection than it needs?

I have lived in the Wyandotte area for 20 years and I can personally obtain to many occasions in which more crimes and severe safety issues have been at risk. Therefore I am not siding with anyone's case but, however, due to the recent increase in population within the area, the KCK Fire Dept, as first responders in any case have done exceptionally well with speed and efficiency in SAVING LIVES and getting the job done, without any further damage.
However since I have moved to the Johnson county Olathe area, I live down the street from a fire house, and I probably hear the sirens every other day, then when I lived in Wyandotte I would hear them go off at least 4-5 times a day depending on the area in which I was at the time.
I believe that the lower income families, or families that live in unsafe cheap areas have a higher crime rate therefore increasing the number of calls to the fire dept, and police dept. I do however agree that the KCK fire dept, has all the essential tools that it needs to succeed, but the budget should also be shared with the Johnson county Olathe area only recognizing the very little and few fire stations I have seen so far.
The Johnson county area is just as big, or if so much bigger then the wyandotte area, considering I havent been living here long. Wyandotte has, yes, 18 stations, all in locations which are necessary.
The radius in which the dept responds to calls should be fairly minimal, because Lord knows if my house were to burn down I wouldnt want to wait a half hr or an hr for them to arrive on the scene, because the location of the station makes a huge difference in order for action to take place.

Posted by concerned citizen on 11/15/2014 at 4:38 AM

Re: “A closer look at the Feds' crackdown on two KC-based predatory lenders

this actually pisses me off to know that cwb was still in business up until now. last year cwb was over on central ave in kcmo and we were all laid off and told that we would be called back to work if they would open back up now im hearing that they were open with all new employees. these people who run that place should burn in hell, playing around with their employees. they knew their company was janky and they continued to string us along. assholes

Posted by ann on 11/14/2014 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Up-Down Arcade Bar to take over Hamburger Mary's space

These guys are super nice.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michelle Yarger on 11/14/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Who's found a good Italian-beef sandwich in town?

I have recently transplanted myself into MO. from chicagoland and I'm missing my old sandwich shop.... Portillos. I'm hoping ya'll can help.

Posted by Sue Sailors on 11/14/2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Former employees say Missouri Department of Transportation leaders preyed on older workers

Seems we have lost sight of the bigger issue, which is that millions of dollars -- TAX PAYER dollars -- are paid to attorneys for the sole purpose of defending against questionable hiring/firing and forced retirement of women, minorities and older workers. Is this how your government should spend your money? The money that is NOT in our pockets? This attorney general and transportation oversight committee should be knee deep in this issue, immediately. Companies lay off workers to reduce budget, that is understandable. But to systematically force employees into retirement through an arcane re-hiring that favors a certain demographic or specific employees is ridiculous. The taxpayers are paying for cronyism. And I'm personally tired of paying for crappy government, at every level.

20 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by TiredTaxPayer on 11/14/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Former employees say Missouri Department of Transportation leaders preyed on older workers

God Bless .....for standing up for your co-worker/friend. In my experience, exceptional is very rare, and beyond exceptional ..........well ........why wasn't she the DE if she was THAT good then??? And if she was THAT exceptional, why would she worry about losing her job?? and if there was a credible case on her behalf, Attorneys would have snatched it up's like a gold rush for them, pocketing half of all the settlements made with taxpayer money!

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by whatever on 11/14/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Up-Down Arcade Bar to take over Hamburger Mary's space

PAC MAN JUNKY - Phrasing!

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Posted by Archer on 11/14/2014 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Former employees say Missouri Department of Transportation leaders preyed on older workers

In risn2thtop's defense Ms Black did formerly work in St Joe prior coming to Kansas City. And risn2thtop was beyond exceptional at her job (landing her position through the b5yd) not "one of the deficient employees" you mentioned.

2 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by GodBless on 11/14/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Melissa Stevens – heir to the Patricia Stevens Modeling School – refuses to be forgotten

I worked in admissions at the Milwaukee college PSCC in the 1980's. At this time it was a 9 month fully accredited college. The government loans and grants paid for many of the students school and personal expenses. We had less than a 3% drop out rate. 5 consecutive years of 100% job placement for graduates.

Posted by CC Hogan on 11/14/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Lawrence's Ladybird rewrites the rules for a great diner — starting with the pie

I have had almost everything on the menu by now (I work across the street) and I have yet to be disappointed. Everything is DELICIOUS and served with a smile. The pie is AMAZING. #wewantpie

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by OzGirl on 11/14/2014 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Up-Down Arcade Bar to take over Hamburger Mary's space

For an "arcade" to survive *today*, it must have more than just video games. As the article noted, home consoles (and computer games) look a lot of people out of the arcades during the 80s and 90s, and that competition still exist today, so more of a draw (attraction) is needed to get people out. Dave and Busters is an example of a successful arcade today, since they carry a wide variety of games, activities, food, redemption, etc. To my knowledge, the only place like this presently in the KC metro is PowerPlay and they also include LaserTag, a few rides, party rooms, etc. It is a fun place and my only change would be more classics and pinball.

Based on the article, described games, and theme, my thoughts are Up-Down needs to mimic the same format as Dave and Busters and PowerPlay, but on a smaller scale (they don't have the room in that small building). Further, the games really need to span a while time period from the late 70's to the late 90's, including pinball, to achieve the most demographic penetration. That being said, the "arcade" also needs to have other activities, such as skee-ball, pop-a-shot basketball, and redemption type games and activities for the younger crowds. A lot of the targeted demographic will have children, so there need to be activities for those younger patrons. Lastly, there should be great food and drinks, not just beer, to round-out the activities for the entire family. It is much easier to go, and justify going, to lunch or dinner followed-up by game time rather than just game time. There used to be a place in Independence called Pop's Pizza and they were very successful using this format in a smaller building. Good luck to Up-Down!

BTW, one correction. Nintendo introduced the Famicon home gaming console in Japan in 1983, but it did not come to the United States, renamed as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), until 1985. Prior to the NES, Nintendo only brought video arcade games to the United States, such as Radar Scope, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong 3, Mario Bros., etc. While there were multiple reasons why arcades began failing in 1983, we'll leave that discussion for another day.

Happy Gaming!

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Dwight Strider on 11/14/2014 at 9:20 AM

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