The apartments are on fire as far as rentals and prices have skyrocketed. Places that were $1000 a month are now $1500-$2000 for a nice one bedroom. Parking remains an issue though.
Stanford’s at 813 Walnut is on a nice street with condos, apartments, restaurants and many new businesses. Daytime traffic is brisk – not crazy – but double what it was a few years back.
There are now plenty of local bars and restaurants and new banks and financial institutions. Most of the new folks living downtown are younger and have moved to KC from area smaller cities to work here at the new financial businesses.
The new downtown crowd is mostly upper middle class and well behaved.
The streetcars are fairly busy, however with little tourist traffic they seem a bit over the top, mostly clogging up the already busy downtown streets.
And as usual, there’s way too much street work going on all the time which makes travel a bit tough.
The nightlife scene is better but pretty quiet after say 9 p.m.
And I notice that most of the bars and restaurants are not that busy even at lunch..most workers seem to opt for fast food and Starbucks while walking to and from work on their lunch hours.
They need to make all on-street parking legal, as in no more tickets.
Like most of Kansas City, weeknight entertainment is slow for most locations.
People just are not out much after 8 pm anywhere except Westport and weekends at Power & Light.
Our comedy club action has been busy because we’re the only option and it has a neighborhood feel, more like Westport than Overland Park.
Crime is down for sure.
Police are on it.
Still there are lots of homeless folks looking for a place to park their bodies at night and early in the morning.
Less violent crime comes with a better group of folks living downtown.
Downtown still is dependant on special events at Sprint and Power & Light as well as the Midland for big traffic at night.
In many ways, downtown is becoming the new Westport.
Especially with the Plaza night traffic all but gone.
I now live on the Plaza and it is a shell of what it once was at night. On weeknights hardly any place is open after 9 pm…sad.
Plaza weekends are also slow…
The Plaza needs more late night entertainment. Overland Park has but a handful of late night busy bars these days – it’s a family dining out area that also closes at 9 pm for the most part.
Downtown has a bright future.
It’s still a bit on the dark side as far as beauty but that’s the big city look, I suppose.
I still think its 10 years away from being the hot area it wants to become.
Better late than never.
The apartments are hot, condos not so much.
One caveat: While Kansas City is on the move, we improve we need new business friendly laws to get places open.