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Seg. 1: Plaza Architecture. Seg. 2: Rethinking Hospitality

Segment 1: The plaza's historic look may see big changes in the future. 

New tenants on the Plaza could change the look of the historic Seville-inspired shopping district. As people wrestle with impending change, balancing nostalgia and aesthetics against commercial hope, we step back and talk about what the Plaza aesthetic is, and whether it's something we as Kansas Citians are attached to. 

  • Kenneth T. Jackson, history professor, Columbia University
  • Hesse McGraw, principal, El Dorado Inc.
  • Nicolas Bock, architect, Gould Evans Associates
  • Beau Bledsoe, musician

Segment 2, beginning at 37:56: The relationship between safety and hospitality in the restaurant industry.

A Kansas City restauranteur has been asking herself what kind of vibe she wants to create in her bar. The answer includes safety and respect for patrons and staff alike-- which may mean that, sometimes, the customer isn't always right.

  • Caitlin Corcoran, managing partner, Ça Va
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