Staubio 'Heartbroken' Over Kansas City River Market Small Biz Against Skyscraper

For this post . . . TKC can't help but feel a little old even if I'm less than a decade more "ripened" than Staubio. It's just that a grown man sharing heartache over a development deal confronting community opposition is kinda curious. 

In fact . . . 

Here at TKC we remember the 90s and small biz, neighbors along with policy leaders pushing back skyscrapers was once regarded as a good thing.

Now . . . Our Twitter overlords have invented their own logic that's mostly supported by bots. 

But I digress . . . 

Once again small biz spoke out against this project.

A weird rhetorical tactic from pro-skyscraper proponents emerged . . . 

Developers argue: "If you want us to build a smaller skyscraper, we'll just have to take out affordable housing. Harrumph!!! You love cars more than people!!! Give us our skyscraper damn it!!!" 

Okay. That is powerful ciphering but that kind of Twitter logic FAILS once adults put down their phone. 

Anyhoo . . . Here's a glimpse at the debate as it stands now . . .

The debate echoed one last month when City Plan Commission recommended against the plan. It pitted River Market merchants who want to maintain existing parking against supporters of transit-oriented development and more affordable housing.

“I’m concerned about losing parking for my employees and my customers as a result of the current plan for the City Harvest project,” said David Lindahl, a River Market resident and owner of HyperKC.

“The city manager, as far as I understand it, gave away millions of dollars of desperately needed parking in exchange for under a dozen affordable housing units.”

To be fair . . . Here's a really elitist tweet from streetcar dude & local transit leader Staub along with a link to his Twitter where you can keep up with the latest pro-developer rhetoric to help save the planet:


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Push for More Parking, Less Affordable Housing at City Harvest Project

The proposed City Harvest apartment tower in the River Market likely will be revised to expand its garage at the cost of 15 affordable units following a contentious City Council committee meeting Wednesday.

City Harvest apartments could trade affordable housing units for parking spaces - Kansas City Business Journal

Flaherty & Collins Properties may return to an original version of its 13-story, 300-apartment City Harvest plan in the River Market, following feedback from Kansas City's Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee. The shift would trade affordable housing units for more parking spaces.

Developing . . .