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May 27, 2009


Kyle Rohde

Wow. Not sure what else to say but wow. Reading that document is a giant "what could have been" moment and the biggest part of that lies with the downtown baseball stadium. That could have solved so many problems for the city, most notably the severe revenue shortage of the P&L. Having a baseball stadium in the vicinity, drawing 20,000+ people 81 times per year would have made a huge difference. It would have helped make better mass transit a reality. And it would have created a fantastic new area for residential development, like LoDo in Denver. But alas, no one had the foresight or guts to fight for it and now we are stuck with the K, which supports two hotels, a Denny's, a BP and a Taco Bell.

What a great looking vision/plan for KC - too bad it was ignored. Thanks for sharing Brent - I had no idea this existed.


The Sasaki plan isn't "perfect", but it is a very good document. I can't help but think about how much better off this city would be if we had a plan -- any plan -- that we were striving for that gave us a roadmap for the type of development we're looking for in different places.

And yeah, I have a feeling a lot of our concerns about the revenue shortfalls of the P&L would be eliminated had we spent $400 million on a new ballpark downtwon vs $300 million on renovating the old stadium...


Umm... try this.


Thanks Russ. I've never heard of anyone refer to this plan in all my time in Kansas City. Do people in city hall actually refer to it and use it for decisionmaking/guidance? I obviously haven't read through all of it, but there is some good stuff in it (some is outdated). It is obviously a concern that the majority of the "priority by 2005" plans are left undone in now 2009. Just wondering if this is still readily used at city hall.

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