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Jase
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It's 2013. Automobiles no longer steer redevelopment. We don't need more parking in downtown Kansas City. What we need is to protect the precious remaining brick & timber buildings we have left. Those buildings remain timeless and adaptable to the needs of the day for as long as we let them stand.

There's a plan to demolish a historically significant art deco era structure at 17th + Wyandotte. The reason? To build a parking garage. Which would be remotely understandable IF we didn't just build a 1,000 space, $100,000,000 public parking facility 1/2 a block west of this building.

All this momentum... billions of dollars in investment... thousands of new folks pouring into downtown... all the talk of wanting to seek, attract and cultivate a creative and technologically advanced workforce... it's all for naught if we can't save the handful of remaining links to our past.

It's time to get serious as a city about adaptive reuse!
www.facebook.com/SaveTheOrion

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Sean C.
Jared Miller
Katie Greer
Suzanne Brown Gilligan Rebecchi
DaveKCMO
Sonya Shifflett-Bly
Kirk Williamson
Luisa Calumpong
Rhianna Weilert
Briston Davidge
Josh Boehm
Erica
Corey Light
Tee Parham
Dan
Tom K.

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1701 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO

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Tom K.

Albeit a small step, this is still good to hear. I'd argue 5-10 years ago there would've been a good chance this building would be leveled.

"O’Reilly plans to convert the property into rental lofts and apartments. It will utilize federal and state historic credits associated with the historic preservation and adaptive use. The buildings will have a mix of studio, one-bedroom-one bath, and two-bedroom-two bath units.

Construction is scheduled to start at the end of the year with a completion date of spring 2015."

Read more here: www.kansascity.com/2013/06/21/...

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Tom K.

This is tool created by David Snodgrass: teardowntattler.com/

I just signed up. It looks like there are already a handful of endangered buildings on the Tattler's list.

Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 4, 2013

It's so good, Dan! He nailed it.

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 4, 2013
Briston Davidge
Briston Davidge
Jun 4, 2013

This project was created by our team at the National Day of Civic Hacking. The team consists of Jase Wilson, Briston Davidge, Paul Barham, David Snodgrass, Steve Eklund, Shawn Davison, Gatlin Hebert, Marlene Jeffers. We are in the process of extending it and adding Neighborland API Advocacy arm and many many others. Signup for more information at teardowntattler.com

Posted by Briston Davidge on Jun 4, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 4, 2013

That sounds great, Briston. Just curious, how does a building/structure end up on the Teardown Tattler?

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 4, 2013
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Rhianna Weilert

I recently wrote on my blog about the endangered Midwest Hotel and did a rendering of what it could look like fixed up. www.thepedestrianpath.com/the-... The prime location is both a blessing and a curse for this corner lot. I fear the new owners will be blinded by dollar signs and forgo the effort to restore this potential beauty. It’s definitely worth noting that many of the neighborhood’s residents and even some visitors come to the Crossroads Arts District specifically because of historic buildings like this, despite its current condition. What a waste to not take advantage of its potential.

Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 11, 2013

Wow! Fantastic post Rhianna and great blog. Great to see a pedestrian perspective in Kansas City. How long have you been in the city?

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 11, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 11, 2013

I love the idea of an Ace Hotel. I love the idea more of someone like Ryan Maybee from Manifesto consulting on a new hotel concept for the building.

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 11, 2013
Briston Davidge
Briston Davidge
Jul 12, 2013

LOVE IT, nice work!

Posted by Briston Davidge on Jul 12, 2013
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Tom K.

Interesting blog post about how preservation and the laws around it in the city may play a big part in the demolition of some of the most historic structures.

"We recently looked into historic preservation ordinances. In order to be effective, local ordinances must include maintenance provisions and ways to enforce such provisions. Without required maintenance, anyone wishing to demolish a historic property may simply let it go so completely that it becomes unsafe. At that point, demolition is not only the option preferred by the owner – it’s the only option."

gudthoughts.com/maintenance_vs...

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Historic building maintenance is critical to avoid demolitions

When historic buildings are so dilapidated that redevelopment requires demolition, maintenance requirements in code obviously don't offer enough protection.

gudthoughts.com/maintenance_vs...

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Tom K.

Lots of people deserve a pat of the back for saving this building. This great piece of Kansas City (built in 1881) is going to be turned into a bakery, deli, and pizzeria.

www.kansascity.com/2013/07/04/...

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Tom K.

We can't tear down the stately apartments where Jean Harlow lived!

midtownkcpost.com/2013/07/01/k...

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Tom K.

I got my first Teardown Tattler email, but are there more on the way?

Briston Davidge
Briston Davidge
Jun 18, 2013

Hi Tom. We sent out a communication yesterday informing our users that emails will stop for the next couple of weeks as we improve our dataset and data gathering techniques.

Posted by Briston Davidge on Jun 18, 2013
Briston Davidge
Briston Davidge
Jun 18, 2013

Please stay tuned!

Posted by Briston Davidge on Jun 18, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jun 18, 2013

Great! Thanks for the head's up!

Posted by Tom K. on Jun 18, 2013
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Jase

Tom that image is shocking and sad. Thank you for sharing here.

We're gong to hack together a Teardown Tattler for this year's National Day of Civic Hacking in KC. Also working with the good folks @ Neighborland to do so using their API. And they suggested we even use Neighborland to get ideas for who's doing what at #NDoCH. Brilliant.

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Tom K.

My friend Nick made this before and after: 12th and Charlotte in Kansas City. It is a striking illustration of one (of the many) parts of our city's built environment forever lost.

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...

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