Steve Paul

Steve Paul

Steve Paul: One more bucket of words before I go

This is no time for the usual, rambling lead. I’ll get right to it. After more than 40 years at this venerable institution, this historic brick landmark on Grand Boulevard, I’ll be leaving in a few days. I’m shuffling off to Brookside, where I’ll be writing a book, launching into other projects and otherwise beginning the next chapter.

Steve Paul

Steve Paul: The most famous of Kansas matadors has died

He had silver hair, a sculpted face and a strong grip, and he hugged me as if I were an old friend. Jesus Cordoba was about 87 when I traveled to Wichita to meet him in 2012. I was lucky to have had the chance to spend a brief visit with the man one can confidently describe as the most famous male matador from Kansas.

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Steve Paul: To quote a sage, this land is your land

By the time you read this I expect to be in the midst of a lost weekend. Yes, I suffer from an uncontrollable addiction — to music — a condition that has been exacerbated by the annual arrival of a tribe of folk musicians. So I will thank the organizers for providing an immersive break from that other tribal ritual consuming so much air space these days — the presidential campaign.

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Steve Paul: Midtown housing is on an urban upswing

From where he was sitting, in the Filling Station coffee shop, Peter Cassel had a clear view of a residential boomlet occurring in midtown Kansas City. A mix of recent vintage apartment buildings, the renovated Greenlease Cadillac lofts and a new block of units under construction on Gillham Road are forming a prominent bastion of density along the eastern edge of the Union Hill neighborhood.

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Steve Paul: Is the plan to renovate KCI really over?

Maybe she’d been listening, or maybe she was blinded by her own foregone conclusion. But an hourlong presentation on the relative drawbacks of a major renovation of Kansas City International Airport did not move the needle for City Council member Teresa Loar. She just couldn’t get her brain around the thing she didn’t want to hear.

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Steve Paul: From freak week in Iowa to what?

If the GOP race for president hadn’t already seemed like a freak show, along came Sarah Palin. And if you didn’t already question Donald Trump’s judgment, let alone the supercharged emptiness of his rhetorical campaign, then you now have a new reason to wonder how inept and unpredictable his presidency would be.

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Steve Paul: Blue is the color of civic joy and harmony

Steve Paul writes: Last Sunday night, everybody knew, when Lorenzo Cain walked in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series, that the Kansas City Royals would return home with the trophy. And nobody knew what sight we would behold on Tuesday when a joyous mass of humanity painted the streets of Kansas City blue.

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