Thursday, March 18, 2021

Same Old Song & Dance: Kansas City Jazz District Crumbles And Begs For More Cash

Advocates for the district mistakenly believe that city hall ownership of a building that recently bit the dust somehow legitimizes requests for even more cash after MORE THAN A HUNDRED MILLION BUCKS has been wasted without the hint of a viable profit model.

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Historic building collapse in the 18th and Vine district prompts calls to restore blighted buildings

There's a renewed push to protect historic buildings after a more than century-old building collapsed in the 18th and Vine District on Monday. Plywood currently wraps around most of the property covering up the damage. The property was called the House of Hits and built around 1900.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nope. Poured enough millions into this bullet-riddled money pit to keep council cronies in weave and Escalades till doomsday.

Anonymous said...

Who owns the rickety buildings and why isn't it the owners' responsibility to keep them from collapse?

Anonymous said...

What kshb and the taxpayers don’t know is the back half of that building collapsed well over 15 years ago, aerial maps will show you that much. it was just a matter of time before the rest of it fell, what has the city and especially the cleave been doing with all that money all these years that they couldn’t restore one little ass building?

They should lose their historic status over this fiasco.

The next big building collapse will be at 19th and vine, it’s a huge disaster in the making. Just google it to see how dangerous it is.

But hey, the cleave has 24 board members for the jazz museum and that’s way more important than old buildings and historical designations amirite!

Anonymous said...


When the 18th and vine can start making money then put more into it otherwise it's just a failure and to sink more money into it would be like putting more money into a broken machine instead of fixing it. I really think the issue here is more of a racist thing.

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Jazz scene in Kansas City died when Jardine’s closed. The Plaza Art Fair does not even bring in jazz artists anymore to play. There is no Jazz in KC and the 18th and Vine district does not deserve anymore subsidies.

Anonymous said...

Come on Council, wake up!!! there are so many more needs in this city than this boondoggle!

Hyperblogal said...

The best time to spend money on preserving an asset is before it collapses.

Anonymous said...

Jazz is for old fat white men and women, who drink too much, are slightly crazy and are deaf. And divorced.

Anonymous said...

I am a jazz fan and while I do not fit the description given above I have no desire to go to a museum of jazz. I think I speak for many jazz fans, we are not fan boys. We listen on our own, next to no worship or going ga ga over the artist. Adults don't act like that. So shut it down, it should be in NY City or New Orleans anyway.

Anonymous said...

Seems like someone should have had an idea that this was going to happen. What are we paying city inspectors for? No more money. Just raze it.

Anonymous said...

DO NOT RENEW THE E-TAX!!!!! IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE CONSERVATIVE, WHITE, OR LIVE
OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN, THOSE DOLLARS GO TO DOWNTOWN INTERESTS, ADMINISTRATION INSIDERS, PEOPLE AND GROUPS WHO HATE YOU. YOU ARE FINANCING YOUR OWN DOWNFALL IF YOU VOTE YES.

Anonymous said...

Google maps shows trees growing through the mostly collapsed roof at 19th and vine..... sad.

Anonymous said...

10:08 is on the money.

Anonymous said...

Blighted is the polite way of saying not worth fixin'. NKC industrial is another fine example in KC. Do us all a favor and raze 18/V. Start anew and let the Jazz stay infused in other establishments. Clean up that mess and make it a nicer place to be. An inner city park would be nice?!

Anonymous said...

Jardine’s was a dump ran by a coke freak. She was one of Chucks buddies.

Anonymous said...

^^^ prove it

Anonymous said...

10:57 nails it.

If the city wants to help preserve the only thing left to preserve then why don't they beef up the security at the Musicians Foundation / Union Hall?

I would love to go there and drink at 1am and listen to real music but fear for my life when walking out the door.

Anonymous said...

^^then you're a pussy.

Anonymous said...

^^^ then you are stupid, there’s way too many murderous blacks shooting guns running around down there. The place really is very dangerous.

Henry service who owns a building down there has said multiple times that the jazz district is off limits to whitey, ask him yourself

Anonymous said...

^^and yet I'm not scared. You are. You're a pussy. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Same old hustle...still works in kcmo.

Anonymous said...

Oh Chimpy. Talking tough but never leaving the zoo!! Lol

Anonymous said...

"The biggest priority on Kansas City's $27.6 million proposal for tuning up the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District has nothing to do with bricks and mortar.

It’s about assuming ownership of most of the properties in the six-block district and forging a common approach to marketing and managing the area, according to City Manager Troy Schulte.

“We believe the one thing that’s hurt 18th and Vine has been the fractured nature of development and the number of different stakeholders,” he said. “Common ownership allows a common marketing approach that allows us to move the district forward.”

And that can be accomplished for $475,000.

That’s how much the current entity controlling the targeted properties, the Jazz District Redevelopment Corp. (JDRC), owes in back taxes, according to Schulte. With the back taxes paid, the organization and its board are freed of any financial liability and can transfer title to the city.

Right now, the city owns the buildings housing the American Jazz and Negro League Baseball Museums, Gem Theater, historic Attucks School, historic Boone Theater and the Black Chamber of Commerce.
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The Jazz District Redevelopment Corp. shares this map on its web site.

Schulte said if the city’s proposal to acquire the remaining properties moves forward, it will own all but two -- the Lincoln Building at the southeast corner of 18th and Vine, and the building housing The Kansas City Call newspaper at the southwest corner of 18th and Woodland.

The JDRC is a willing partner, according to Chairwoman Gayle Holliday. She said the organization wrapped up its last project, an apartment development on Highland Avenue, several years ago.

“We think it’s a move forward for the Jazz District for the city to be involved with future development because our job is done,” Holliday said."

Good job troy et al. Sell all the properties individually and the city stay the fuck out it.

Anonymous said...

12:39 you clearly never went to Jardine's.

Anonymous said...

Just the fact that ANYONE can even keep a straight face and talk about the "lack" of investment in 18th and Vine and that it's only right and fair for the city taxpayers should dump more money into this speaks volumes about how totally screwed up and corrupt KCMO government is.
Over $100 million "disappeared" into thin air.
It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Anonymous said...

Vote yes on eTax so City can throw more money down this hole.

Anonymous said...

No, no, no, no, no, no...and HELL NO. More dollars have been dumped into this failed effort than in almost any other city-supported venture. It's over, folks, NO MORE MONEY. Whoever sponsors and/or supports anything further in the 18th and Vine area is an idiot and if they are office holders they need to be relieved of their responsibilities. Save the Negro Leagues Museum, move it to Union Station, and leave the rest to continue to rot.

Anonymous said...

Jazz is a New Orleans thing.

Kansas City is not, and never has been, a Jazz town.

Quit trying to make KC something its not.

Jazz is for white men who are not sure if they have aids or not

Anonymous said...

Jazz was most popular about 100 f'n years a go.

Anonymous said...

"..a more than century-old building collapsed in the 18th and Vine District on Monday."

Too bad! He was just starting to turn his life around, get back to school, and rejoin the church.

Anonymous said...

Man all over town I'm hearing folks saying that they just can't wait to get back out there listening to some live jazz in the clubs again!

Anonymous said...

Buggy whips, stagecoaches, sod houses, buffalos running free on the range in thousands - and JAZZ.

All are old and past their time.

Forget Jazz, digital token (NFT) is the way to go

Anonymous said...

put the buffalo back on the plains instead of more more more more corn, then people might not continue to fly over or drive through.

Anonymous said...

As they raze this building, can they continue to raze the rest of the neighborhoods around it? It is a giant crime-ridden, welfare-ridden sewer and cultural whorehouse.