Wednesday, December 04, 2013

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! ARMOUR HILLS RAGE OVER KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR RECOMMENDATION!!!



Currently, Armour Hills is hosting a great many hurt feelings over recent pronouncements regarding the toy train streetcar.

To wit . . .

GUNNAR HAND'S ARMOUR HILLS NEIGHBORS ARE CALLING HIM OUT ALONG WITH THE HOMES ASSOCIATION PREZ REGARDING A CONFLICTED APPROACH TO THE TOY TRAIN IN THIS MIDDLE-CLASS PART OF KANSAS CITY!!!

First . . .



Let's take a look at the memo that started this hot mess . . . Click the image or this link.

Kansas City Reality Check . . . Following the example of Mayor and City Council . . . The modus operandi of just about everybody involved in the toy train streetcar hot mess has been to bypass any kind of real community concensus and just go ahead and do whatever they want.

To wit . . .

THE NEXT PHASE OF THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR IS TEARING APART ARMOUR HILLS AND CREATED A RIFT AMONG NEIGHBORS!!!

Don't take my word for it . . . Read the testimony from a KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER who directed us to a recent complain . . .

Armour Hills Homeowner Rage

I just got a horrific flier on my door saying that with 1.5 days of feedback request and 43 responses the Armour Hills Homes Association decided to support a street car running parallel to the trolly track.

This is about as bogus of a representation/vote as the street car vote itself was. I demand that you rescind that recommendation until you get proper vetting from the home owners.

What you are advocating is that the street car run parallel to the trolley trail. Besides the fact that the street car is a complete waste of money, this is the same homeowners association that, without community support, made its displeasure known about a WalMart grocery store because of "safety" reasons and because you think a large corporation would not fit in our community, yet you show no comparable outrage to Whole Foods. Please tell me and the entire homeowners association how safety is compromised by traffic crossing a little used portion of the trolley trail but it is not compromised by having 100 ton vehicles running in parallel, 100 feet away from the most heavily used stretch of the trolley trail?

The fact is this home owners association is out of control with its recommendations and support. It is out of control with its imperial sense of democracy and community feedback. It is out of control with its very left of center, knee jerk reactions and it cannot even see how their arguments in support of one recommendation directly contradict their opposition to another recommendation.

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Developing . . .

31 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is the leadership on this project? Sly lose interest already?

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't the great news source of TKC gotten to the bottom of the bomb threat? Who is he protecting? One of his tipsters?

Anonymous said...

Gunnar Hand has a huge conflict of interest here. BNIM doesn't get paid unless they find the streetcar is needed in KCMO. So, you do the math.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the Bryan Stalder of Armour Hills has been found! Is he also on the Show Me Institute payroll?

Anonymous said...

Oh the humanity of having your property values go up and possibly making Armour Hills a halfway decent place to live. How horrific.

Anonymous said...

The conflict of interest here is obvious. You don't have to be on anyone's payroll to see it and point it out. Why do streetcar supporters dismiss any criticism of their process. It's flawed. Fix it, or choose not to be taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

Property values are not going to go up for houses, they will go down. More taxes for kc failures(school district,sewers). If Midtown and Waldo have so much money to spend, why don't they pay for fixing their sewers instead of having the rest of the city pay.

Anonymous said...

That is good thought. They need a CID to fix the sewers.

Anonymous said...

8:31 you steaming turd. Armour Hills is one of the few affordable places to live in KC. Having the toy streetcar will in no way improve its liveability. When your assessed property taxes go up, your property values go down. 9:04 and 9:18 are spot on about the sewers.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure Armour Hills is all that affordable, but it is full of hipster wannabe nutcases.

Anonymous said...

Yuppies and former hippies UNITE!!!! Armour Hills Battle cry.

Anonymous said...

If you not figure it out that all home ass are controlled by city hall and marc. They puppet and you now see ready puppet masters.

Anonymous said...

Funny thing is, studies will show that the expansion efforts in the Independence Avenue Corridor will be much more fruitful. Almost to the tune of +80 percent more impactful. Unfortunately, UMKC has a very powerful presence in this town. The powers-at-be will still run the street car line down to the Plaza & UMKC under the guise of ‘stitching the community together and providing students with affordable transportation.’ But, ask yourself this... ‘Where do most of the UMKC students live or commute from.' Answer: As of 2012, UMKC reported a total of 15,264 students attend UMKC. More than 60 percent (aprox. 9,500) of students commute from outside of KCMO. A little less than 32 percent of the remaining students live within a 1/2 mile of UMKC or within the 1,323 student housing dwelling units. These dwelling units are a mixture of 1,2, and 3 bedroom units. Altogether, the street car is only expected to serve less than 8 percent of the current student body. It is unclear how many of the remaining 8 percent live along the main street corridor, so the number could be much less.

Summary: Pick the best route for the city's residents, not Leo Morton's interests.

Anonymous said...

LIVE!! LATE-BREAKING!!! INVESTIGATIVE!! EXCLUSIVE!!

Construction of the KCMO "toy train" rail line may screech to a halt and be permanently derailed as conservationists file suit to protect an endangered species.

It appears that while performing a site survey, biologists working for the Missouri Conservation Department discovered previously unknown nesting burrows of the highly endangered Missouri jumping meadow vole (Microtus missourianicus).

....developing story....on way to the courthouse now.

Anonymous said...

LIVE!! LATE-BREAKING!!! INVESTIGATIVE!! EXCLUSIVE!!

I feel like taking a shit.

....developing story....on way to the toilet now.

Anonymous said...

Is this "neighbors" plural or one angry person? This screed reads like the same stuff coming from the anti-airport crowd and they come off like they're anti-everything. A homeowners board can't get 100% coverage for input on every issue. Don't like what your board is doing? Show up. Run for a seat. Vote against the TDD if it ever comes to a vote. I personally don't see the advantages to bringing the streetcar down to Brookside but I don't think it would be harmful either.

Anonymous said...

Like Obamacare, the toy train is a stupid idea embraced by liberals that have one hand in the public's pocket all the time. Also like Obamacare, it will be a fiasco from the word go but no one has the sense or balls to stop it.

Anonymous said...

@9:59am is right about the statistics and facts, but neither ever have much to do with how money is spent or decisions are made about glamor big-name projects like the streetcar fiasco.
Don't forget, airport terminals create passengers and international flights.
And downtown is the center of the metro, even though only 20K people live there out of a metro population of 2.4 million.
And Google fiber will make the area the innovation capital of the country, even though hardly anyone has even gotten access to the service yet.
And on and on.
Five years from now the streetcar will be yesterday's news and KCMO residents will be looking at $10-15 million/year bond payments as far as the eye can see.
Maybe the next big thing will be bellbottom pants and flowers in your hair. Chasing that fad should be worth at least $100 million.

Anonymous said...

I was hooked up to Google Fiber last week (at the cheap level), and so far it beats what I had with AT&T.

Anonymous said...

Cincinnati voters picked Cranley over Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, who was mayor from 1993 to 1999. He opposes the streetcar and parking lease; she favors both. He promoted himself as the change agent, the fiscal watchdog who said he would pay more attention to neighborhoods. You might recall KC Mayor James campaigned for Qualls!

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20131105/NEWS0106/311050179/Mayor-elect-Cranley-We-want-move-city-forward-

Anonymous said...

Enjoy being a lab rat 1:46

Anonymous said...


http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20131106/NEWS/311060056/Cranley-moves-kill-streetcar-outlines-other-plans-projects

Anonymous said...

Armour Hills residents should quit blowing leaves into the curb so they don't clog up the sewer even more than it already is. Rake them and bag them. How's that for off topic?

Anonymous said...

2:05PM - Yes Cinci has elected their Mark Funkhouser. I'm sure it will work out just as well for them.

Anonymous said...

You guys listen to Savage Nation far too much.

Anonymous said...

Hey, tipster? FUCK YOU.

Anonymous said...

2:07: So far I'm enjoying being a lab rat. Lower cost (and free after a year for six years), better service, and best of all, it's not AT&T. What's not to like?

elBryan said...

Looks like Russ Johnson and Dave Johnson had some free time before launching their assault on Jimmy John's Drive Thru this afternoon.

Anyway, yea, the Bryan Stalder of Armor Hills has been found. And for every pissed off "Bryan Stalder," there's 1,000 pissed off residents, 2,000 apathetic residents, and 3,000 uninformed residents. There are more of us than there are of you.

I guess we're supposed to just let a few ambitious people spend our money against our will, and when we complain, they just tell us to count our blessings and that we really wanted it.

@russkc blocked me because I used the word "rape" in a tweet, but I can't really think of any other way to describe what they're doing to the tax payers.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've never been sexually assaulted?

Anonymous said...

I have and it's not fun as you might think.

fredcbuckley said...

I love how everyone on here blows hot air without doing any research. What the Armour Hills Board voted on was to support a study on the feasibility of a line down the trolley trail. THEY DID NOT VOTE TO SUPPORT A RAIL LINE! Without knowledge of the cost, you can't support a line. In addition, if there was/is a line, it would not even come south until 2019 at the earliest.

On another note, cities who have built a line, see huge economic development increases along the line, especially at the stops. This line is going to be great for KC and if we don't get on board, we'll be left behind.

And I'll sign my name too, because I'm not scared to stand behind my comments.

Fred Buckley
Armour Hills Resident