Cheating The Arts In KC?

Plans for Kansas City’s huge new performing arts complex stalled recently after the city manager proposed moving the center’s parking garage one block east. The center’s backers claim that the new location, which is down a steep hill from the entrance, will be a major inconvenience for patrons, and several outside experts are now claiming that the move wouldn’t actually save the city any money, either. “Some arts leaders are feeling like the poor cousins of downtown development: Making the garage more convenient to sports and entertainment and less convenient to the arts, they say, points to the city’s relative lack of interest in the role of the arts in downtown’s resurrection.”