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.