Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kansas City Downtown Renaissance Wasted



Turns out Kansas City has invested/thrown away BILLIONS on an idea that has outlived its usefulness . . .

The Atlantic: Is the 'Traditional Downtown' Dead?

The main point of the essay is that trendy Downtown revitalization efforts across the nation are really more tourist attractions than the focus of city business and cultural life like yesteryear . . . In other words, the reality of a "Downtown" of the old days is long gone and Kansas City is basically throwing away tons of money on a glorified theme park dedicated to an obsolete downtown idea that technology and demographic trends have killed.

18 Comments:

Anonymous said...

tony, you really should read the article and the ebook the article is all about. You obviously did not or you wouldn't have linked to it since it doesn't really fit your "in other words" misinterpretation.

Jeez, just read the frikin' article before you try to tell your 4 readers what it says.

Anonymous said...

I read it. Can I get my earnings tax back?

Anonymous said...

Way too pessimistic, the streetcar is going to fix all of this.

Anonymous said...

The article said the Generation X feels alienated. Maybe if they got out of their mom's basement they might feel better. Eh, TKC?

Anonymous said...

BREAKING! EXCLUSIVE! AWESOME TIPSTERS! But please don't read what the linked-to story says or else you might f'in learn something. We wouldn't want that to happen.

Anonymous said...

Who reads the Atlantic anyway? Pseudo intellectuals at best.

Anonymous said...

Right 4:28 cause reading tony's basement blog is so much more intelligent isn't it.

Anonymous said...

So true.

ROO said...

I come here for the tits and the links and to take an occasional good dump when I eat enough fiber.

Anonymous said...

typical tkc idiot.

Anonymous said...

Downtown needs some controlled sin back.
In it's heyday it still had lots of adult businesses.

Anonymous said...

5:56 please stay in Independence. We really prefer to keep your kind over there. Thank you,

Anonymous said...

I feel a dump coming on....

Anonymous said...

Would you shit in my mouth for a stage act?

Anonymous said...

how will kc pay its bills when the e tax is voter out?

Anonymous said...

All that is happening in downtown is Sly is subsiding bunch of apartments so we can become a bedroom community for the jobs in JoCo.

Anonymous said...

Once the trolley is running the entire downtown area will be revitalize. I am sure companies from all over the US will be moving their headquarters here.

Anonymous said...

Downtown is banks and sure they suck. They make the skyline suck too. But they won't go away until the last trust fund baby makes a withdraw and gasp his last breath of air.