TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY 3RD DISTRICT EAST SIDE 18TH AND VINE CORRIDOR LEADS RACE FOR NEW TOY TRAIN STREETCAR LINE 2014 VOTE!!!
Like it or not, the despicable election tactics and outrageous cost per mile of the Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar could soon find new support in the urban core.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS TELL US THAT THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR COULD EASILY WIN 2014 VOTER SUPPORT IN AN UPCOMING ELECTION FOR ANOTHER LINE IN THE 18TH & VINE CORRIDOR!!!
A 2014 election has already been proposed but here's why the East side addition makes sense . . .
- An East side line is estimated as the cheapest addition ($105M) to the toy train route and the quick left turn is the most feasible way to extend the new streetcar tracks.
- While Downtown biz opposes the line, East side leaders are enthusiastic about jobs and economic opportunity promised by toy train supporters.
- Top East Side consultants and politicos like the up & coming crew from Parson and Associates have been instrumental in toy train streetcar support as overall toy train opposition grows . . . A bit of payback might be in order.
The 1.74 31st/Linwood east to Prospect connecting with the toy train is really the entry point for talking about an 18th St. route that "makes sense" to other East side community leaders.
Not so long ago TKC talked with Council Dude Jermaine Reed about the prospect of an East Side toy train addition and a risky move in supporting the route.
"There wasn't much risk in supporting the streetcar from my position because the 3rd District needs more economic development and jobs that this effort will provide," Reed said. "Supporting the streetcar was the right thing to do because it has the potential to become an economic catalyst for many neighborhoods and communities."
Moreover . . . Here's why the other leading contenders for a toy train addition will FAIL . . .
Main St. to South UMKC is too expensive and pushing more biz away from the Plaza with messy construction will invariably encourage the wrath of "Save the Plaza" advocates, condo dwellers and other bored middle-class white people. The Independence Avenue east to Benton Boulevard line has already encountered early opposition. Northeast News has taken a stand against the project and there's actually a neighborhood debate thanks to activists like El Bryan who has beaten the Toy Train before it starts.
Meanwhile . . . 18th and Vine seems amenable to Toy Train promises and there's simply less biz to interfere with when adding the new line to this part of town.
18th and Vine is the next logical step for the Kansas City Downtown Toy Train extension and the politics of anti-streetcar advocates fall apart when talking subsidy aimed at the urban core with an open welcome from the East Side political establishment.
And so . . .
IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO CONNECT THE EAST SIDE 18TH AND VINE DISTRICT WITH THE DOWNTOWN TOY TRAIN?!?!
This is the only place where the "votes are there" and the effort now leads the debate behind the scenes.
Developing . . .