SHOCK!!! LEWIS DIUGUID BLAMES LEGACY OF WHITE FLIGHT FOR KANSAS CITY STOPLIGHT REMOVAL FAIL!!!
The latest column from Kansas City columnist Lewis Diuguid might be the best thing I've read from Dead Tree Media in the past two years.
Urban exodus strips city of too many stoplights
I know it's good because I can't help thinking, "Why, didn't I think of that . . . Of course it's white people's fault!"
Check the money quote . . .
"The loss of stoplights is just another symptom of the decades-long exodus from the urban core. White flight removed people, finances and resources from the city."
Again, this writing is perfect for starting a conversation.
However, I have to disagree with the conclusion.
BLAMING A LEGACY OF WHITE FEAR FOR KANSAS CITY'S MISPLACED PRIORITIES AND CONSIDERATION OF NEIGHBORHOODS FAILS TO HOLD OUR POLITICAL ELITE AND GREEDY LOCAL CORPORATIONS ACCOUNTABLE!!!
Real talk . . . White people still residing in this town put the story of stoplight removal on blast and sent in a great many important tips to TKC as the tale unfolded.
More to the point . . .
KANSAS CITY STOPLIGHT REMOVAL FAIL ISN'T SO MUCH RACIAL AS IT IS A SYMPTOM OF KANSAS CITY'S LONGSTANDING ADOPTION OF A MISGUIDED TIN-CUP URBANISM PHILOSOPHY THAT IGNORES NEIGHBORHOODS OF EVERY RACIAL DEMOGRAPHIC!!!
Following this debate what I've really noticed is that the stoplight removal cost cutting effort is really just a result of our diverse political class mistakenly believing that toy trains and other big budget attractions will increase revenue and not only pay for themselves but also create revenue for the rest of Kansas City. This hypothetical scenario has never materialized despite the fact that we keep trying it again and again. Even worse, Kansas City's "tin cup urbanism" mentality has actually been championed by amateur urban planners and corporate lobbyists who are mostly white but still live in town . . . So I guess we can blame white people but they're closer to home.
Again, it's a great column and maybe I'm being too picky about casting blame for Kansas City's misplaced priorities given that there's so much of it to go around.