In reality, the echoes of that seemingly distant conflict, World War I, are all too familiar — eerily familiar at times — and we will be often reminded of them as the next four years of remembrances pile up. The lessons are worth paying attention to.
Given that Prairiefire is a new shopping center and mixed-use development still under construction in the southern heart of Johnson County, at 135th Street and Nall Avenue, you’d be forgiven if you thought you’d stepped into a T-Rex Cafe.
Three properties in the news of late have made a local list of the most endangered buildings of 2014, the annual alarm issued by the Historic Kansas City Foundation. One of the largest and most significant buildings on the list is Kemper Arena, the underused city-owned sports facility in the West Bottoms that dates to the early 1970s.
From a distance, as with any skyline, a city’s vertically oriented core promises a destination of progress and prosperity. Up close, at street level, a city tells a story that can feel more like the truth. Successful cities balance the upward thrust of commerce with a vibrant, human pulse of everyday life on the street.
Those devoted to studying Hemingway’s work make their world smaller by gathering somewhere along the Hemingway trail every other year to present scholarly papers, see the places that he saw, and — true confession — drink the drinks that he drank.
While on his late-night rounds for a military canteen, delivering cigarettes and chocolates to Italian soldiers near the Piave River, a trench mortar shell exploded, killing one infantryman and slicing 227 metal fragments and shards into Hemingway’s body.
Douglas Connor joined the Army at 17, later served in a combat hospital in Mosul, Iraq, and returned from the war an admitted mess. In short, his experience parallels that of thousands of young Americans who have gone to war.
Kansas City has a story to tell, the GOP’s Enid Mickelsen says, and her committee’s effort to plan the 2016 national convention is all about creating the right backdrop for the GOP to tell its own story. If they choose to do that here, we won’t hold it against them.
In a stagnant city, residents hold on to the past and value nostalgia. In a vibrant city, residents look forward to the future, preserve the best of the past and value the benefits that technological progress can bring.
The fate of Kemper Arena remains in limbo, but at least a city conversation is on the horizon. On Wednesday, the Kansas City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development took up the challenge to study the state of the West Bottoms and conflicting visions for the underused city-owned arena.
Inaction flies in the face of popular support for immigration reform. On Monday, Politico released results of a poll that found 71 percent of likely voters in favor of “sweeping change to immigration laws.”
The tip came by phone. A friend in the estate-sale business called to alert me that the home of a longtime city official was being emptied out. Boxes of documents were accumulating in a dumpster in the driveway. What to do? Call Dave Boutros, of course.
Another Bloomsday is on tap, which is cause for celebratory gatherings in many corners of the globe, including Kansas City, where a dedicated group of people fond of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” has been making merry with the author’s delirious language for the last two decades.