Entries by Mike

Downtown elementary school fills neighborhood need

“For the past 10 years, Kansas City has strived to turn downtown into a real neighborhood. The main ingredients were all there — new loft housing, a vibrant library, parks, cultural amenities, even a grocery store. But one crucial element was lacking: An all-purpose elementary school. Now that’s no longer the case.” This is how The […]

City Lights to feature ‘world’s largest’ outdoor Pong game

The City Lights holiday lighting ceremony in Downtown Kansas City will feature a whole new bounce, when the 10th annual event arrives on Friday evening, Nov. 16. This year’s ceremony will feature a 22-story, working Pong™ game on the south side of the Downtown Marriott. “This will be a holiday lighting ceremony like nothing you’ve ever […]

MARC approves $17.7 million for Downtown streetcar

The City of Kansas City, Mo.’s mass transit future received a boost on Wednesday, Oct. 24 when the Mid-America Regional Council approved $17.7 million in federal funds for the City’s proposed starter streetcar project in Downtown. The agency announced that its board had approved the funding as part of an $81.7 million package of federal […]

Boston Globe believes Downtown KC’s ‘heritage is hip’

Downtown  and Kansas City received some welcomed attention from The Boston Globe in its Sunday edition, Oct. 21 that is distributed to about half a million households. Reporter Robin Soslow clearly loved her recent visit to Kansas City. Even her article’s headline reflected the positive review that was about to come our way: Kansas City, Mo., gives heritage […]

LaunchKC to propel silicon prairie in Downtown

Kansas City has lift-off! Business and civic leaders gathered on Monday to introduce a new initiative that is designed to drive awareness and growth of the city’s flourishing information technology district in Downtown Kansas City. “It is no coincidence that Launch KC is being unveiled on Monday, Sept. 10 – the day after Google Fiber […]

Did you hear the one about the elephants walking down Grand?

Yep, and this one is not a joke.  In celebration of the return of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returning to Downtown Kansas City and the Sprint Center on Wednesday (through Sunday). the elephants will stroll through the streets of Downtown on four different occasions this week. Make plans to see this […]

Google countdown is on! Deadline is midnight today

This is it! Today (Sunday, Sept. 9) is the last day for KCMO and KCK residents (or property owners) to pre-register for Google fiber. Every fiberhood that meets its Google goal by midnight tonight will receive the state of the art 1-gigabit network for high-speed internet and TV service. There are no guarantees for the […]

‘Phenomenal’ demand for Downtown housing sparks good & bad news

The demand for Downtown housing is at an all-time high — a reality that presents the Downtown Council with both welcome news and a huge challenge. After all, the number one priority on the Downtown Council’s list of strategic goals is to double the residential population of greater Downtown. The fact that demand is so high […]

Downtown streetcar plan passes

Kansas City’s streetcar plan passed the test with Downtown voters yesterday, as they approved a special taxing district to help fund the project. According to today edition of The Kansas City Star: City officials said they’ve also found a way to close a $25 million gap in federal funds for the project, and they’re now confident […]

CID Ambassadors turn in an All Star performance

Safety Ambassadors hand out water near the DCID Kiosk in front of Municipal Auditorium at 13th and Central Streets As thousands of baseball fans and Kansas City visitors poured into Downtown from July 6-10 for the Major League Baseball Fan Fest, Community Improvement District (CID) Ambassadors were on the front lines of greeting our guests […]