Sheepsters DVD Flick


I spotted the cover of The Cars That Ate Paris DVD while waiting in line today at Barnes & Noble. I’ve got to see this one of these days, no matter how bad it might be, according to various reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Enter Peter Weir.His recent career is bedecked with such worthwhile films asWitness, Dead Poets Society, and The Truman Show. And for such, we should be grateful. But his early career has such a blot on it that natural selection should have diverted his career into public access documentaries and “little” films.

That blot is The Cars That Ate Paris.


The hour of sleep I got last night just wasn’t quite enough, so real updates (including the Star vs. Pitch tiff over TIF) probably won’t happen until this weekend. In the meantime:

– ATA interim budget info

– Letter to the editor of the Star re: TIF and ATA sales tax: “Obviously The Star was out of the loop as well.”

– But the plans for the ‘South Loop’ don’t seem to mention the bus rapid transit that will stop right in the district.


Blake Cordish, who is in charge of the proposed Kansas City endeavor, said the metropolitan audience figures as much in his company’s plans as do conventioneers and other out-of-town visitors. “We believe it’s not going to be solely a tourist project, but a project based on the region itself,” he said. “The most important thing is the residents of Kansas City, people who live within a 25-minute drive time.”We want to persuade those people to get into a car and drive downtown.”

The first phase includes up to 425,000 square feet of retail, up to 650,000 square feet of office space and three garages with 2,250 spaces, city officials said.

Udris said the public cost would be up to $150 million in the form of local and state tax incentives to cover land acquisition, demolition, parking and infrastructure improvements. It would not require a public vote, he said. Much of the assistance would come from existing local tax-incentive programs, along with the new Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Act, which diverts some new state revenue to assist downtown redevelopment projects.

The city also would like to collect a one-cent sales tax within the district similar to a transportation district tax already levied in the Country Club Plaza to help cover the cost of parking garages, Udris said. That tax would allow the planned entertainment district to offer free parking on evenings and weekends, except when there are special events.

One of the proposed garages would have 1,000 spaces and be on the site of the old Jones Store. The second garage would be underground below the planned office building and hold 1,250 spaces. The third, 250-space garage is proposed north of the President Hotel.

– And later today H&R Block announced it would build new headquarters at 13th & Main, which would be in the new ‘South Loop’ entertainment district.

Block’s headquarters will bring more than 1,200 employees to the district. More important, the company will generate taxes that can be diverted to support construction of parking garages and other public amenities. This reimbursement could come through tax increment financing and the Missouri Downtown and Rural Economic Stimulus Act, better known as Modesa.