Before my car totally bit the dust, I had been thinking about experimenting with the bus for a number of months. The notion really freaked me out. It’s not that public transportation was a foreign concept or experience for me, it was that I harbored an irrational fear of embarrassment of the unknown – who wants to be yelled at by a bus driver while there’s a line of people waiting behind you on your first trip?
On the heels of Sara’s series about demolition of historic buildings, I got a little curious about demolition ordinances around the country. Specifically, ordinances that limit it or attach some fairly long strings when it actually does happen. Take a look, and let me know what you think: Over in Salt Lake City, city council “recently” passed a demolition ordinance that does the following: Buildings
Think about the last time you were in any urban environment. What did you see? Chances are, aside from the traffic, residential buildings, micro breweries, empty lots and abandoned buildings hanging around, you also saw some kind of planned artwork sprawled across the entire side of a building (extra credit if it was a brick building). In the broadest way, it probably qualified as urban artwork. These large scale pie
We’ve been focusing on the Troost corridor for quite a while now, and one of the biggest stopping points for us in exploring the area and imagining “what could be” has always come back to a critical set of questions: Who would actually invest in development in the area? Can one project act as the catalyst for change? Does the size and scale of the project dictate the success of the catalyst (does it
I’ve often said that adventuring down the Troost Corridor (particularly the northern part) reminds me of some kind of post-apocalyptic movie scene. This has largely been the case because of a non-existent population, and windowless industrial buildings set far away from the street, surrounded by barbed wire fences. More recently we saw another section of Troost that isn’t plagued by far-flung buildings (t
A while back, you may have seen one of my blog posts where I let everyone in on some daydreaming Sara and I have done about a particular set of properties along Armour Blvd (110-118 Armour Blvd). The structures, located on the north side of Armour, were slated for redevelopment a while back. Signs were posted in the yards, claiming that the properties were “coming soon.” But three months ago, the signs di
Disclaimer: this is purely speculative, and probably quite the undecided voter opinion. My own experience in urban development is extremely limited, but that won’t stop me from throwing out random ideas and thoughts. Here goes. Back when I lived in the middle of nowhere Before I moved to Kansas City, I spent a lot of time here as a tourist, fixated on certain examples of cool architecture and good eats. When I