Kansas City mayor defies the state over a gun law.
Anecdotes will not solve what is arguably the most significant design issue facing the metro area. The long civic conversation, which could go on for another two years, has had the benefit of making us think seriously about what we need and what we want.
It was both disspiriting and unsurprising to hear the other day that nearly 100 artworks had been stolen from storage at Cubas National Museum of Fine Arts. Disspiriting because there are hints that the heist was an inside job and possibly accomplished with the knowledge of the government. Unsurprising for the very same reasons.
As recent events in North Carolina, Texas, the Cheasepeake Bay region, California and West Virginia demonstrate, precious water is a core issue for individuals and governments. And individuals should keep watch on their water, their weather and what their governments do about all of it.
Four years after the release of architect Frank Gehrys plan for a memorial plaza in Washington, D.C., devoted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the controverial project seems destined for change. Its sad that this worthy project has become such a prolonged circus. Its time to start over.
The Folk Alliance and its annual conference are vibrant additions to Kansas Citys cultural scene. And, if the first night of the conference was any indication, it inflicts a welcome spirit of ebullience, creative values and musical bonding.
A tug of war is underway to determine whether the wobbling elephant that is Kemper Arena can or should be revived. The city, which owns and maintains the underused facility in the West Bottoms, is in the middle, and apparently leaning toward demolition.
Dave Fowler, the co-chairman of a citizens advisory panel that is considering the future of Kansas City International Airport, may have betrayed his bias toward an overhaul in an odd moment of a hearing Tuesday morning in City Hall.
A well-meaning citizen, an artist no less, went before a city board to answer for a civic infraction. He had a hard-luck story. He didnt pay attention to the law. He wasnt sure what to do. He was trying to do the right thing, but you know, sometimes the right thing takes time. Welcome to the world and the difficulty of Israel Garcia.
Three of the five Academy Award nominees for best feature-length documentary movie take viewers to distant places and troubled times. The Square, The Act of Killing and Dirty Wars bear watching. Indeed, they ought to be watched and contemplated by Americans.
A nomination to the National Register of Historic Places will elevate the standing of one defining feature of the city — the parks plan, which originated in 1893. Story update: State office approves nomination.
Heres an odd, unplanned collision of serious news and American pop culture: The Russians test the limits of a missile treaty as we remember the 50th anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubricks Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
The fate of a group of historic Armour Boulevard apartments remains uncertain after the Kansas City Board of Zoning Adjustment, following a 90-minute hearing and a dramatic pause, upheld a Historic Preservation Commission decision to forestall their demolition.
We Shall Overcome was only one of many songs that Pete Seeger, who died Monday night at 94, made famous, and invited others to sing along, in a life devoted to social and political change. The song became the anthem of the civil rights movement.
Diane Lees, general director of Great Britains Imperial War Museums, was surprised by what she found at the Liberty Memorial. Shed imagined the National World War I Museum to be narrowly focused on Americas role in the war but was impressed to discover that it took a much broader view. Her view bodes well for those of us here looking to reconnect with history.
In midtown Kansas City, a quartet of related apartment buildings, designed more than a century ago by a notable local architect, has been designated for extinction by a developer with an otherwise welcome record of renovation and rehab along Armour Boulevard.
Before a recent flight back to Kansas City from Albuquerque, N.M., I was momentarily taken aback as I entered the not-very-busy airport security queue. The TSA agent said I could head through the TSA Pre line, and he noted the designation on my boarding pass that gave me the privilege. What a relief.
Everyone, with or without a religious tradition, has a touchstone, something that grounds us in real life. This particular drumbeat connection to the earth and to the inner spirit of human beings and their fellow inhabitants of the planet is a mystical occasion and a post-football healing like none others Ive known.
The babble will soon evolve into dramas large and small. Who will be the American president No. 45? And why do we keep doing this to ourselves? Maybe its like that old Woody Allen bit: the guy wont give up on his brother, who thinks hes a chicken because he buys into the absurdity, telling a psychiatrist, I need the eggs. Politics thats entertainment!
Heres something to look forward to: an opera about Negro Leagues baseball. The Summer King, by composer Daniel Sonenberg, has been more than 10 years in the making, and thanks to an NEA grant is expected to be heard later this year in Portland, Maine. Perhaps one day it will be staged in Kansas City.