Power & Light Prez Moving On: Jon Stephens Starts New Biz

Power & Light District president Jon Stephens has announced that he will be departing the Cordish Company

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10 Responses to Power & Light Prez Moving On: Jon Stephens Starts New Biz

  1. Anonymous says:

    craig glazer
    Cordish has pretending everything is ok downtown when nothing could be further from the truth. They fired their vice president Mark Morris, when I worked with him in 2004 to open places in Virginia with Cordish….We flew to Baltimore to look at that POWER AND LIGHT DISTRICT…it was struggling then, as was Louiville, Ky…and that was really in trouble most of already closed including their comedy store, by the way the Improv in Baltimore Power and Light lasted less then one year…

    It might have helped to have any of our city counsel members or mayor Barnes travel and see what Cordish was up too, they didn’t…so we bought into this major, major,major failure downtown…Just one year old and lets see planned on opening 50 or more stores, shops, restaurants,clubs and retail….lets see six bars, two restaruants, no retail and most clubs and above mentioned only open on weekend nights due to NOBODY IS DOWNTOWN, HELLO…

    Yet I keep hearing…oh the Plaza and Westport and down due to Power and Light…maybe at first, mostly due to the depression and no new news in either…
    Power and Light will be and are KC’s biggest failure among many…The Zoo,City Market,l8th and bullcrap vine…so on….I can go on…so likely this guy was fired too….fired…fired…

    We elected several leaders, mayors, who had zero business background starting with Clever, the most overrated mayor ever, then Barnes, now, well…its kinda too late…how sad…for those of you who say I am a self promoter…give me a spark of credit…I said all this in 02,03,04,05…in the press…put OUR MONEY IN MIDTOWN, clean up downtown for a few hundred grand, no NEW ARENA…with no team(NBA) come on…look how many fewer events are at Sprint now…about half as many or less than last summer and dropping, oh yeah and the failed Arena League Football…gone baby gone….

    Maybe one day someone will run this town right, like a business wanting new business to come here,tourism, maybe start with our first tv ads on our city around the country that might be a start…

  2. Anonymous says:

    WOW. Very bold take. Slamming (revealing) Cleaver and Kay Barnes. I’ll give credit where credit is due. GREAT POST. But Craig two points. I think many of us thought that was what we were getting with Funk. Someone that lacked in politics and public relations but was great at business. That obviously hasn’t been the case as he has sucked at some very basics of business like teamwork.

    Two, yes you are a self promoter. But in this case…..mama says it ain’t braggin if its true. GREAT JOB!!!

    OMG have I gone over to the dark side?????

  3. Anonymous says:

    This town responds best to homegrown business that have a little soul. Also it was clear to me that with no parking…The P&L was doomed from the beginning. Why would someone from Crossroads or Westport want to go eat lunch down there. Parking the car is a 15 minute ordeal.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Amen Pastor Glazer!

    Rick: I don’t think anybody thought Funk was going to be a business friendly wiz kid. He has some number crunching and administrative background that Mayors Cleaver and Barnes didn’t have, but he is certainly no visionary.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jon Stephens was an in over his head asshole. Let’s see how many local business owners hire him as thanks for fucking them over for the last two years. Epic fail.

  6. Anonymous says:

    An issue (I think) with the Cordish developments is that they’re not “local” enough; they don’t celebrate the city’s identity enough. Big chain is early 90s.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Trey Hillman
    OK, so what is the reaction now that Johnny’s, a local business, has opened at the P&L?

  8. Anonymous says:

    There is a Johnny’s now in PNL, that’s right. For me it’s too little too late, but that’s just me. I’m Westport/Crossroads. But hey; whose to say there aren’t enough people in the 30 mile radius to satisfy it all. I’d love to see it all thrive.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Any bets on how long it is before Cordish goes BK on this deal. If it can happen to Bob Bernstein and his Plaza West project it can happen to anyone.

  10. Anonymous says:

    right on glazer..lets kick it up at pand l.
    Bring in the heavyweights…
    pure…temptations…lets the distict go all out
    for entertainment.
    Bring in some more restaurants…cheescake
    factory…mcdonalds…hardees and their 8 lb
    angus burgers.
    Problem is that kcmo has never had any brains
    running it. Its run by hacks.
    No business sense.
    Let the crap begin because the p and li district
    is about 1 year away from having racial problems
    and when that happens …baby ..turn out the
    lights on your way out!

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