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Old 01-15-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Pretty good KC Star article on rebirth and changing attitudes of KC. Ten years ago, the Star had a woe is us large series of articles about a dead downtown and what could be done to save KC. KC didn't have the fast rebirth that high growth cities have had and there are still many areas that need progress but still, what a difference 10 years makes...

The golden year Kansas City came of age - KansasCity.com (http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/13/3369109/the-year-we-came-of-age.html#storylink=cpy - broken link)

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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Pretty good KC Star article on rebirth and changing attitudes of KC. Ten years ago, the Star had a woe is us large series of articles about a dead downtown and what could be done to save KC. KC didn't have the fast rebirth that high growth cities have had and there are still many areas that need progress but still, what a difference 10 years makes...

The golden year Kansas City came of age - KansasCity.com (http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/13/3369109/the-year-we-came-of-age.html#storylink=cpy - broken link)

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This is very nice to read. We lived there about 7 years ago and I saw the rebirth happening then.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:29 AM
 
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Very interesting, I thought it was very good, but so many people have problems with it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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Problems with the improvements? Not following.

Most of the improvements have been on the cultural side rather than sports. Those into sports and not into the arts would probably not appreciate the improvements as much. And the school district is KC's biggest blunder, but there are other options.

One thing the author doesn't seem to realize is that KC had a major 'golden years' era in the 20s/30s with a major jazz/cabaret scene and thumping downtown. KC outwardly ignored The Prohibition and was the third largest convention city in those days.

KCRag Forum - View topic - When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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The problem is kc can't be "done" now and wait another 30-40 years before a new wave of improvements or fixes after decades of neglect.

Hopefully the city is serious about completing its convention package and getting back into the 2nd tier convention game by building a convention hotel and getting some additional hotels built as well along with building a new terminal at KCI. KC has some of the best convention facilities in the nation, but it’s still failing when it comes to hospitality compared to most peer cities.

The city also needs to finally get transit out of the study mode and under construction.

Hopefully the next high priority for kcmo will be to build up the crossroads and midtown. It's time to step away from the plaza (except for connecting it to downtown via transit) and put some serious effort into filling the gaps between Downtown and the Plaza as well as the east side of the downtown loop.

All of this sounds very doable and much is already in progress, I just hope KC stays focused and keeps the momentum going. The city basically played catch up for the last 10 years and while they have done an amazing job, they must keep it going if they want to truly keep up and compete with some of the more progressive cities that it seems to want to compete with. I don't think people realize how bad kc was before this recent effort to reinvest in the urban core.

Till the KCMO School District completely goes away an is no longer under control of locally elected residents, it’s a waste of time even discussing it. Dissolving the district is about the only way anything positive will ever happen to it due to racial tensions.

The speedway is a great addition to metro KC, but a lot of the rest of that stuff out there should have been part of redevelopment projects (in kcmo or kck), not star bonded greenfield developments. But you all know my stand on that…
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: KC Area
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I meant many people had problems with the article. I, for one, have no problems with what KC has done.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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^??? Many? Whom... "Tony's KC" followers who don't realize self-deprecation collapsed unto itself when Cobain whacked himself?
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