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Old 10-18-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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Why are all these newer developments seemingly trying to emulate those from cities in the West? I really don't get it. Kansas sure isn't California and should never try to be.
No matter what part of the country we live in we don't have to leave our house to get anything. Retail outlets can't get us to run an errand anymore they have to get us to come to a destination.

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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It is perfectly sustainable and your comments are downright foolish. Your overwhelming bias is shining through. It has exceeded expectations and a lot of people would have thought it would have crashed by now but the crowds out there are actually increasing rather than decreasing.

On top of that they are getting ready to build the new Cerner complex, the youth soccer complex, the Casino opens in February, and a few other projects are in the works.

Saying a complex is not sustainable when it is currently growing and there are several huge projects in the works is just foolish. You are getting ready to have 5k young, IT professionals start working out there. They will need places to live, places to eat, places to shop, and entertainment. While not all of them will live out there a lot of them will.

On top of that SKC is selling out games, the T-Bones sell out games, and the race track is attracting more and more events such as the Kanrocksas Festival which is working on a 10 year deal with WyCo and the racetrack. The other day I ate out there 4 hours before an SKC game and I saw no less than 30 people wearing SKC gear in the restaurant I was at and that was 4 hours before the game and in one single restaurant.
I have to agree that is an even more severe downturn it has the possibility of struggling more than it has.

However, I think Village West has done well in overcoming the problems of previous develpments like The Woodlands or the amplitheater. They have turned it into a destination locations for a wide appeal, included hotels and family based activites, easy access from NKC, Shawnee, and Lawrence alike, and just close enough to the airport. Really, the biggest question in my mind is if the large anchor retailers like Cabela's and NFM can withstand prolonged downturn in sales.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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No matter what part of the country we live in we don't have to leave our house to get anything. Retail outlets can't get us to run an errand anymore they have to get us to come to a destination.
I Use Amazon.com alot instead
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I have to agree that is an even more severe downturn it has the possibility of struggling more than it has.

However, I think Village West has done well in overcoming the problems of previous develpments like The Woodlands or the amplitheater. They have turned it into a destination locations for a wide appeal, included hotels and family based activites, easy access from NKC, Shawnee, and Lawrence alike, and just close enough to the airport. Really, the biggest question in my mind is if the large anchor retailers like Cabela's and NFM can withstand prolonged downturn in sales.

I think the amount of variety available out there is really helpful. If a family wants to shop, eat, and then catch a cheap sporting event like the T-Bones it is all available in one stop.

It only takes me 20 minutes to get there from my house and it only takes 15 to get there from JoCo so unless you live South of downtown, it really isnt a bad drive out there.
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