Respondents to our informal, unscientific survey on the fate of Kemper Arena gave conflicting results. They’re not so hot to save the building, but they seem to prefer a compromise position under which two competing proposals might both be allowed to occur.
Based on nearly 900 responses, here’s how readers voted in the online Monday Poll:
1) Kemper Arena is an important local and architectural landmark and should be preserved under any redevelopment plan. Agree, 38%; disagree, 62%.
2) The American Royal, with its livestock shows and barbecue contest, should get what it’s asking for from the city and taxpayers. Agree, 52%; disagree, 48%.
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3) A developer’s plan to renovate and reuse Kemper for a youth sports complex makes sense and should be thoroughly studied. Agree, 49%; disagree, 51%.
4) The city and the American Royal should find a way to accomplish both objectives. Agree, 64%; disagree, 36%.
5) I’d be most attracted to new developments in the West Bottoms if they involved at least one of the following (voters could choose more than one): food, bars and restaurants, 30%; youth sports activities, 11%; agricultural and livestock events, 18%; arts and entertainment events, 26%; shopping, 15%.