Last week's post sparked a bit of conversation as I noted that in spite of the tax shortfalls in the P&L district in downtown KCMO, that the city is much better off with the district than with the abandoned area of town that preceded it that was little more than multiple blocks of surface parking. Some kind readers sent me a couple of photos to help prove my point.
The first is an arial view from Google Maps of the area now occupied by the P&L
It's mostly just a bunch of surface lots. Meanwhile, here's a view from 14th and McGee looking Westward -- you can see the Empire Theater (which was abandoned at the time). By the way, this photo is very copywrited -- so if you want to use it you're going to have to contact some folks at city hall to get usage rights.
Meanwhile, I went down to the P&L and tried to take the exact same picture from the same angle today. I'm not in the exact same spot -- because the exact spot is somewhere inside the Sprint Center. But this is about the right angle.
Note -- I took this at about 9:30 on Saturday morning -- thus the few people that were out and about. But regardless, it seems really obvious to me which area would be more appealing to a new company looking to relocate to Kansas City.
It certainly isn't perfect...but I think it's a huge improvement over where we were in 2003 in that part of downtown.