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View Poll Results: Austin vs Kansas City
Austin 157 52.16%
Kansas City 144 47.84%
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:52 AM
 
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Love the second pic because it shows KC's two downtowns, with "the Plaza" in the foreground and the actual (first) Downtown in the background, with midtown (obviously) in between.


A lot of, if not most, cities don't have a major sort of second downtown like KC. Chicago (where I live) doesn't. Yes there are some bigger neighborhood hubs away from downtown, but not one that really rivals downtown like KC's Plaza does. You can't find a luxury, or even much in the way of basic hotels for that matter, above Division street...they finally built an actual bona fide hotel in Wrigleyville recently, but really that's about it (the historic Edgewater Beach Hotel, long torn down, notwithstanding).


It's one of those imponderables to think if KC had built the Plaza adjacent to downtown like Chicago built Michigan Ave adjacent to its, how the city would have developed so much differently and how much larger KC's downtown skyline would be now because of that synergy between the two, instead of the eventual hollowing out of KC's downtown because of the way it did go and howthe Plaza poached office seekers in the 80s. Or if Chicago had done what KC did and built Mich. Ave, and thus a second business and luxury sub market five miles from The Loop. Imagine Michigan Avenue and all that shopping and condos being where Uptown ended up being. KC is more like New York in that regard with its uptown and downtown being more like competitors. Just interesting.
I guess the solution is to infill Midtown and connect the Plaza and downtown then which would be great. When’s that streetcar extension supposed to happen?
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:06 AM
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Kansas City's downtown was affected by suburbs like Overland Park much more than it was by the Plaza.
The Country Club Plaza at its location is actually quite complementary downtown in my opinion.
There really isn't much infill to be done unless we're looking for more highrises, which there are a few like Crown Center.
Extending the streetcar can only help the area become even more vibrant, but it's not sorely lacking in that arena.
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:14 AM
 
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Ba-DOOM!

Texas isn't "flyover country." Missouri and Kansas are in the middle of it.

You probably just haven't met any expat Kansas Citians. We all carry the place with us wherever we may live. Exhibit A: Calvin Trillin, essayist, author, reporter, longtime New Yorker contributor and forever Kansas Citian who, like me, hasn't lived there since his youth. I've long suspected that the reason Kansas City appears on that famous Saul Steinberg cover depicting a New Yorker's view of the country is because of Trillin.
Feeling a little superior, today? Texas is a large state, but IMO, no more desirable than Kansas or Missouri.
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Old 11-26-2018, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Feeling a little superior, today? Texas is a large state, but IMO, no more desirable than Kansas or Missouri.
Superior?

"Flyover country" is the part of the United States the people on the coasts ignore.

Besides having a coastline, Texas is also not part of that great undifferentiated interior that gets dismissed with that term.
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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In an early morning announcement Thursday, Apple has picked Austin, Texas, to build a new $1 billion corporate campus that will add nearly 9,000 jobs.
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:07 AM
 
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In an early morning announcement Thursday, Apple has picked Austin, Texas, to build a new $1 billion corporate campus that will add nearly 9,000 jobs.
I saw up to 20,000 jobs possible?
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Old 12-14-2018, 10:10 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Feeling a little superior, today? Texas is a large state, but IMO, no more desirable than Kansas or Missouri.


Two of the top 5 largest Metro Areas are in this state... that's leaving out Greater San Antonio, Austin/Round Rock, and the El Paso area, all fairly large with plenty more to offer on their own than several other states BY THEMSELVES.

This isn't me being an "arrogant Texan", it's just throwing out some facts. DFW alone has a higher GDP than several nations.



So I don't think we fall under "flyover" category...
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Old 12-15-2018, 12:16 PM
 
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KC will remain a favorite on CD due to the bias toward Texas & the sunbelt. Reality is that Austin is an economic powerhouse and KC has a nice History.
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Old 12-15-2018, 02:06 PM
 
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KC will remain a favorite on CD due to the bias toward Texas & the sunbelt. Reality is that Austin is an economic powerhouse and KC has a nice History.
bias against................
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:02 AM
 
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Austin also has horrible traffic and way overpriced housing. I'm sure many people prefer Austin weather, but I personally could not tolerate the heat in Texas. Also, I missed seasons.
This....
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