Downtown Marriott Goes Dark, Metro’s Biggest Covid Hospitality Casualty

By Kevin Collison Metro Kansas City's largest hotel, the 970-room Downtown Marriott, has gone dark until at least May 11 because of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

With Building Restrooms Closed, Downtown Council Organizes Relief for Homeless

By Kevin Collison With so many downtown private and public building restrooms closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it's practically impossible for homeless people to...

New Fundraiser Launched to Help Hard-Hit Restaurant, Bar Workers

The organizers of Curbside KC have added a new item to their menu for helping restaurant and other hospitality workers hit hard by the...

Developers Leave the Light On for Downtown Hotel Projects

(Editor's note May 15: The City Council unanimously approved revisions to the incentive package for the redevelopment of the historic KC Federal Reserve Bank...

Consultant Recommends City Close Barney Allis Garage ‘Immediately’

By Kevin Collison A new engineering report is recommending the Barney Allis Plaza garage be immediately closed along with the Plaza above, ratcheting the pressure...

Key East Crossroads Corner Paved for Brewery Parking, Other Uses

By Kevin Collison After decades of scraggly existence, the northwest corner of 18th and Locust has been transformed into a 225-space controlled and paved public...

Downtown Area Makers Take on Covid-Related Mask Projects

By Kevin Collison During much of the 20th Century, Kansas City was one of the nation's largest garment-manufacturing centers, with many firms located in what's...

MEDiAHEAD! Switches to Fun-Time Production During Covid Crisis

By Kevin Collison Being stuck at home with kids looking for something fun to do during the Covid-19 crisis can try the patience of any...

Streetcar Expansion Steams Ahead in D.C. and City Hall, Big Local Firms On Board

(Editor's note: The City Council approved the $4.7 million and $2.7 million contracts to continue designing and planning the proposed streetcar extension at its...

Guest Commentary: Turning Toward Greatness, Before We Get to Detroit

(Editor's note: This presentation that's been making the rounds of local civic groups recently offers a strong public policy and economic case for continuing...