It's just a plain, simple fact: The presence of a giant fiberglass bull in the skyline made Kansas City the coolest city on the face of the planet. Anyone who thought otherwise had obviously slept through that college lesson on postmoo
dernism. The basic gist: Being uncool is cool as hell if you do it with pride. That's the real spirit of Kansas City. For a while there, HNTB Architects Engineers Planners -- which inherited the bull after buying the former Quality Hill headquarters of the American Hereford Association -- had allowed our shimmering bovine monument to be mothballed in a warehouse. Fortunately, a few backward-thinking muckety-mucks at HNTB, DST Systems and J.E. Dunn Construction Co. pooled some scratch this summer to build a 65-foot-tall pedestal in Mulkey Square Park, across I-35 from the bull's old home, for the old beast to sit on. As of October 25 at 10:30 a.m., Kansas City's profile will look as goofily cool as ever.