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Kansas City: the glamour & the grit :: Vivaldi shows us the way

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Let's take a tour of Kansas City Missouri's polar opposites --First, the glamour:

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A little bit of the Nelson Atkins addition construction:

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There was a vigil for cancer victims put on by a hospice - at Mill Creek Park:

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I am being watched:

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I think they were having a sad conversation:

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And now for something entirely different, the grit: the West Bottoms - a forlorn place that time has forgotten about.

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There sitteth parked the Tossmobile:

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Very nice tosspot! The West Bottoms are unbelievably cool.

I'll take that building in the background there:

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Yeah that West Bottoms is a cool looking area. It would be smart to buy property there before it blows up as it will within ten years I bet. These old warehouse districts are prime areas for revitalization.

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Great pics Tosspot. Some of the ones in the first half made me feel I was looking more at a foreign city. I was wondering if you could tell me more about the paper bags and candles. The only time I've seen these are in New Mexico around Christmas. There they are called luminarias or farolitos depending on what part of the state you're from.

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I was also curious if you had any info on this building. To me at least it has a somewhat Islamic style to it.

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Mith, the luminaries - the little candles in bags - are sometimes used for memorial services, vigils, or even weddings, from what I've seen. The first half of the photo post is the Country Club Plaza, which was built in the 1920s as a recreation of the architecture of Seville Spain.

In that second photo, that is a half-sized replica of the Giralda Tower of Seville, where it sits atop the cathedral. That's where the Islamic style comes from, due to the Moorish influence on the architecture of southern Spain, and then later Kansas City's recreation of it.

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Mith, the luminaries - the little candles in bags - are sometimes used for memorial services, vigils, or even weddings, from what I've seen. The first half of the photo post is the Country Club Plaza, which was built in the 1920s as a recreation of the architecture of Seville Spain.

In that second photo, that is a half-sized replica of the Giralda Tower of Seville, where it sits atop the cathedral. That's where the Islamic style comes from, due to the Moorish influence on the architecture of southern Spain, and then later Kansas City's recreation of it.

Very interesting. They certainly did a good job recreating the feel. It almost seemed like you were in a foriegn country. While I didn't mention it the second half of your pics were interesting as well. Some very interesting views of Kansas City that I've never seen. :thumbsup:

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Spectacular photos, I really loved this tour. Talk about a ton of potential in the second part. Those warehouses would make for some great conversions.

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Thanks peeps, glad you enjoyed it... :thumbsup:

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I really liked some of the girls in your pics! Dayum!

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Awesome! I can't even begin to tell you how awesome that photo tour was.

And that West Bottoms area, I agree with the person who mentioned it developing up. As I was looking at those photos, the first things that popped into my head were the warehouse districts in New Orleans, Dallas, and Oklahoma City. Definitely a gold mine if it makes it into the right set of hands.

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I love Westport and the Plaza. The midtown area around the Plaza is really classy - the Nelson-Atkins Museum is probably my favorite American museum most people don't know about (I love the sculpture gardens and badminton shuttlecocks).

When I was there a few years ago the 18th and Vine district was really coming up. How's that looking these days?

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When I was there a few years ago the 18th and Vine district was really coming up. How's that looking these days?

18th & Vine is still kind of stagnating, as far as I can tell. :ph34r:

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Tosspot, are there any plans currently to renovate any of the West Bottoms buildings? I know there is a lot going on in the Crossroads district, but there is a big potential with the area, like Clevelands "Warehouse District"

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Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. That could DEFINATELY be something big for KCMO. In Tacoma, we never had a warehouse district perse, but we have a lot of warehouses Downtown and most have been renovated for the University of Washington Tacoma branch, while the others have all become lofts.

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Your night photography is awesome. Do you mind sharing some techniques?

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Tosspot, are there any plans currently to renovate any of the West Bottoms buildings? I know there is a lot going on in the Crossroads district, but there is a big potential with the area, like Clevelands "Warehouse District"

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The buildings in the second group of photos really do have enormous potential. I'd hate to see them swept away like Jobber's Canyon in Omaha. Is anyone taking steps to see that these remarkable buildinngs are preserved somehow? Great photos, by the way. Thanks.

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