Entries by Mike

Sit back, relax and celebrate 816 Day on Thursday, 8/16

Downtown Kansas City will celebrate 816Day – a “holiday” inspired by Kansas City’s area code to celebrate civic pride and everything that’s great about KC next Thursday, Aug. 16. Yep, 8/16 is 816Day. “The goal for 816Day is to connect people with our local businesses, service industries and artistic & cultural organizations,” said Jared Campbell, president […]

$95 million makeover to bring new glory to historic Star building

Courtesy, Kevin Collison, CityScene KC (Update: Development agreement approved unanimously by City Council Thursday) A $95 million redevelopment plan for the former Kansas City Star property that includes renovating the historic structure, and building a boutique grocery store and marketplace above a 500-space underground garage has cleared its first hurdle at City Hall. Developer Vincent […]

NY Times shines global spotlight on Downtown KC

The Perfect Way to Explore Modern Kansas City? A Streetcar, Believe It or Not The contemporary trolley, introduced in 2016, takes visitors to an arts district, an entertainment district and a happy state of mind. By Richard Rubin, The New York Times In 2002, when Sylvester “Sly” James moved his law office to downtown Kansas City, […]

Voters say YES to KC Streetcar extension to UMKC

The KC Streetcar reached a milestone on Wednesday, as voters approved local funding for 3.5-mile extension from Union Station to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Voters in the Main Street Rail Transportation Development District (TDD) have overwhelmingly approved the local funding structure to support the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension. The final tally was roughly 75.6 […]

Be prepared: Japanese beetles are back in KC

Japanese beetles, those colorful, small bugs that carry a big threat, are making their seasonal return to Kansas City this month. The Downtown Council has gathered some basic information about Japanese beetles – and ways to get rid of them – as a service to property owners and members. This information was drawn from sources […]

Resurrection opens first new Downtown church in a century

If you’re looking for a symbol of how Downtown Kansas City has revived in recent years, search no further than the new Church of the Resurrection which opens this weekend at 1601 Grand, reported Kevin Collison, in this morning’s CityScene KC. “When I moved here from Detroit in 2009, the Downtown Council’s slogan was ‘live, […]

Rehab work on Buck O’Neil Bridge to begin Saturday

Rehabilitation work on the Buck O’Neil Bridge is scheduled to begin on Saturday! And, the southbound lanes of Route 169 across the Buck O’Neil/Broadway Bridge will be CLOSED to all traffic through Dec. 1, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.  Suggested detours include: Southbound traffic on Route 169 and I-29 will be directed to Southbound I-35 […]