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Kauffman Center Rising

Kauffman Center Construction - varied exposures // f/18 // 285 mm // ISO 500

The Kauffman Center’s ongoing construction as seen from about Pershing and Broadway on July 16, 2010.

In other news I’m without my wide angle lens for the time being as it somehow mysteriously acquired a zoom ring problem, and I’ve had to ship the lens to Canon. It would be nice if I hadn’t sold the old 17-40 L f/4 when I upgraded to my currently faulty 16-35 L f/2.8.

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Downtown Skywall

The Sky Wall

From two Friday nights ago on Broadway west of Union Station, the view of the skyline via the telephoto effect at 365 mm of focal length.

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Cosby Hotel Demolition Reprieve

Cosby Hotel

The 1881 Cosby Hotel – In the local media lately for being saved from demolition at the last minute when it was determined at the pressure of local historic preservationist Adam Jones to leave the building intact. There were conflicting structural reports, but a third one managed to be ordered, confirming that the cost of temporarily fixing the structural problems are far less than demolition costs would be.

See article in the Kansas City Star.

Facebook Petition for saving the Cosby Hotel

Hyperblogal’s post yielded some interesting comments

Tony’s Kansas City

I’m late to the local media party on this, but thought it would be enjoyable to get a shot of the old building kept standing. If you’ll notice, the later, mid-century parking edifices of the effluvial type surrounding the old Cosby are what would be planned for this site in downtown Kansas City now as well. This place loves to tear itself down with glee and replace its building stock with horrid,  singular-use, post-modern dreck.

Anyhoo, photo taken Wednesday evening 7/21/10 at 9 pm, with my fisheye lens (Canon 15mm EF) and my 5D, and some barrel distortions adjusted and then played with in Lightroom.

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The Changing Skyline

Keeping an eye out for new angles on the Kauffman Center building, I stopped again along Broadway west of Union Station on Friday evening and came away with several shots.

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