Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Designing class warfare



Thankfully, the jet set in KC let us all take a look at new designs for Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center because most of us will probably never see the inside of it. Nevertheless, the patrons of the arts (read: your betters) are nearly done raising money for their pet project. The Star reports:

Backers of the performing arts center have raised $231 million, leaving them $96 million short of their goal. But they promise groundbreaking for the center will take place in fall 2006 if an interim funding goal of $45 million is reached by Feb. 1.
Let that thought warm you during the cold nights when you won't turn up the heat for fear of being broken by rising fuel costs. I'm sure all that money is well spent on box seats for JoCo and surrounding suburbanite bastards while the rest of KC proper lives in a war zone. And while the darkies in town probably won't get a chance to work construction on this project either, in the end it will be a boon to KC because music soothes the savage . . . Whatever.

Anyway, I hope all of KC's elite have a wonderful time listing to stringed instruments while the city crumbles around them. I guess it's kind of a time honored tradition, I heard Nero did the same thing.

10 Comments:

Anonymous said...

You could apply your "you shouldn't spend money on that while poor undereducated drug-using minorities shoot each other up rather than make efforts to better their situation" to anything. The PAC isn't hurting you in any way whatsoever. Don't be such a hater.

K said...

The PAC is an elitist snob palace taking up a prime piece of real estate that ranks as one of KC's most expensive boondoggles in the city's history. Tony's being nice, he should be even more aggressive with his comments than he is.

Anonymous said...

"taking up a prime piece of real estate" - for what? To sit vacant and rundown? Kai - why don't you buy it and do what you want to with it. Oh yeah - you can't afford it and it is everyone else's fault!! Begrudge the rich and whine but don't do anything productive. Very proactive.

Anonymous said...

What he said. Anything that makes use of that peime piece of real estate is going to be an expensive project that likely will eithe rbe unaffordable or of no interest to poor people. So stop whining. This project is good for KC. Even if you think all new projects should cater only to the poor.

Anonymous said...

peim = prime, eithe rbe = either be

K said...

I could see Bartle Hall eventually expanding into that space and it would still be a better use for the land. Even with the expansions Bartle is still too small to capture the big conventions and shows.

As for the PAC KC needs to support the arts but surely they could find a better spot for it besides the proposed site. They want to put in a huge underground parking structure and that site has some serious rock to cut through that's going to drive up the cost. A different site might let them add some of the things they had to scale back.

K said...

Or in other words if it's going to be built and we know it's going to be a boondoggle, then build it right and don't compromise. KC's past compromises seem to bite us in the end...like the Truman Sports Complex rolling roof for example?

DaveKCMO said...

fuck you all. i've been to the KC symphony and it's cheaper than going to the chiefs, and there's no nosebleed section.

a) balcony tickets are $16-$26 for most shows.
b) it's free to listen on KCUR (9-10 thursdays)
c) many local employees have share programs

if it's not your thing, fine. shut the hell up and let the people who'll enjoy it raise the money to build it.

like i said, fuck you all.

emawkc said...

I wonder what Tony and kai think about the Nelson Expansion.

K said...

I happen to like the Nelson expansion. I'm concerned if all that special glass is going to work as well as the architects intended though.