The Kansas City Toy Train Talk Highlights!!!
Recently, Kevin Collison wrote a really good article about a discussion of the toy train that should serve as an indication of how badly Kansas City is getting railroaded on this deal.
Streetcars carry ‘oddball’ label at Smart Growth conference
Here are the highlights for Kansas City denizens who don't want to cheer every dumb idea originating at City Hall.
- Surprise, Portland didn't want their streetcar either. TKC Footnote: The streetcars are breaking the bank in Portland.
- An HDR Vice Prez moderated this "discussion" of the toy train where no dissenting voices were allowed or invited.
- Streetcar tech is old and not that clean. They're called "Donkey Cars" as a bad joke in other towns.
- Collison: "The Kansas City plan, which has been championed by City Hall, most notably Mayor Sly James and Councilman Russ Johnson, will rely the most heavily on local, actually hyper-local, funding." i.e. Taxes and begging.
Worst of all . . .
THERE'S A HINT THAT IT'LL TAKE AT LEAST 10 YEARS FOR DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY TO SEE REAL ECONOMIC BENEFIT FROM THE PRICEY STREETCAR TOY TRAIN!!!
- Finally, the funding mechanism for connecting streetcar lines is weak. The only strength that local politicos have is their ability to con voters into believing this hype is halfway legal.
And this is the kicker . . .
Public works genius Sherri McIntyre (the same lady in charge of taking out all of the stoplights in Kansas City's urban core) described the lawsuit against the unconstitutional and tax scheming toy train as insignificant and a "small blip" . . .
To wit, neither City Hall bureaucrats nor elected officials are listening to any opposition on this one. A company earning big money from this effort is in charge of the discussion and the only thing residents are expected to do is foot the bill.
DEVELOPING . . .