Monday, August 31, 2015

More Research/Identifying Problems/Online Solutions

Problems

  • No platform for local communities
    • 1. local communities are disconnected.
    • 2. create an app just for groups and communities.
  • disconnect between districts (westport, plaza, east/west bottoms, etc.)
    • 1. separation between age, sex, income, etc.
    • 2. more exploration between the districs and recommendations.
  • not enough historic knowledge
    • 1. lots of people don't know our rich history.
    • 2. history section on the website. interesting fun facts.
  • more public figure interaction
    • 1. local celebrities, sports players, etc. should come out more.
    • 2. reach out to higher organizations and ask for volunteer efforts from them.
  • disconnect between healthy and normal restaurants
    • 1. there is no in between.
    • 2. a new restaurant that serves both.
  • public transportation increase
    • 1. public transportation is still pretty low or unknown.
    • 2. advocate for more bikes, carpooling, the trolley, and buses.
  • colleges are disconnected
    • 1. colleges have a lot to offer each other but are separated.
    • 2. more events and cross over.
  • still not enough local business awareness
    • 1. local businesses are thriving but not all of them.
    • 2. more events, fundraising, etc.
  • corporate entities not getting involved
    • 1. there are a lot of corporate groups that could utilize local business.
    • 2. direct them to local businesses for merchandise.
  • east and west bottoms are not being utilized
    • 1. lots of potential, not being used.
    • 2. put more events there, revamp, rebuild.
  • making sure people are not just bandwagoning
    • 1. people might not like KC anymore if Royals do bad or something.
    • 2. keep the pride going through local business and events.
  • segregation
    • 1. self explanatory.
    • 2. bring together these communities.
  • we need more tourism
    • 1. people till think of us as fly over country.
    • 2. keep expanding our city and resources.
  • we need more tourist information for secret spots in KC
    • 1. even if people do come here they don't know all the potential for tourism.
    • 2. create an online website with the best of the best and hidden treasures.
  • more emphasis on local events, making more local events
    • 1. local events are huge and are not enough.
    • 2. make more!
  • go green, recycling
    • 1. you have to ask the city for a recycling bin
    • 2. put more recycling bins places and go green.
  • plaza not enough local stores
    • 1. plaza is saturated with corporate and pricey stores.
    • 2. move in local businesses so they can thrive.
  • establishing a connection between KCK and KCMO
    • 1. KCK and KCMO are separated and don't like eachother.
    • 2. be more open to the other side and come together as one through an event.
  • expanding google fiber
    • 1. google fiber is slowly expanding but could be better.
    • 2. help them by getting the word out.
  • age gap
    • 1. age gap between young and old activity and event wise.
    • 2. help incorporate an all ages and family event for everyone.
  • not promoting the good things that local businesses do, unlike corporate businesses
    • 1. local businesses are economical, and try to get things made in the US and go green.
    • 2. up with local down with corporate.
  • bringing more national events to Kansas City
    • 1. we are not a gathering ground for national events such as comicon or conferences.
    • 2. put our city on the map with a website and point out how awesome we are and how much business they would get.
  • High crime rate
    • self explanatory
    • increase cops? feel safer? be kinder? raise awareness.
  • abandoned schools
    • lots of abandoned schools
    • turn them into lofts or re-open them through crowd funding.
  • abandoned buildings
    • lots of abandoned buildings.
    • refurbish them, bring them back, move new businesses into them.

So there are plenty of problems with Kansas City itself, whether it has to do with pride, local businesses, segregation, food, etc. there is always room to improve. Our main goal is to connect  the city and make people aware of how awesome we can be. Most of our problems deal with a disconnect between communities, this creates an opportunity to double our economy, culture, and products. 


Possible online/offline solutions that could help in general.
  • online resource that directs people throughout the city for goods and services. More than just tourist attractions though, we want people to know about the dive bars, the hole in the wall Italian delis, the nature and parks, the best places to get a view of the city, where most of our history can be found. Not just going to Westport or downtown.
  • A website with all this information is in the works.
  • A promotional event that invites all communities to one place, thus utilizing empty spaces and increasing awareness.
  • an app that helps you locate communities, specific to Kansas City, this could include bike paths for cyclists, out skirt BBQ joints that are even better than Joe's or Gates. 
  • Scavenger hunt game that takes you around the city.
  • even making an online source that takes you to other online sources, kind of like a middle man site.
  • local event awareness
  • we could go old fashioned and even do flyers, emphasizing the idea of hand made work, hard work, and getting people interested in finding things to do on the street and not online.
  • Create a week long event
  • create an online shop
  • Apple watch app for cyclists
  • Coupons?










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