Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS QUESTION: TIME TO END CITY HALL 18TH & VINE SUBSIDY?!?!



It's a cruel reality that nearly two decades worth of Kansas City subsidy for the 18th and Vine District has failed to spark any sustainable economic revival in the area.

In fact, after YET ANOTHER DOUBLE SHOOTING IN EAST SIDE PARTY DISTRICT there are some real questions circulating about the viability of this beleaguered project.

Accordingly . . .

TOP ECHELON KANSAS CITY INSIDERS ASK: IS IT TIME TO END CITY HALL SUPPORT OF THE 18TH AND VINE DISTRICT GIVEN THAT THE EXPERIMENT HAS FAILED TO PRODUCE A SELF-SUSTAINING DEVELOPMENT?!?!

A few supporting reasons . . .

- Again, after this weekend the only thing the area is consistently producing is violence.

- This isn't taking cash away from the disfranchised. These are middle-to-upper-class biz people who are the beneficiaries of City Hall support. The lower tier jobs they create aren't cost effective for City Hall to fund and bottom-rung employees can probably find the same work somewhere else.

- City Hall needs the cash for the current budget that's quickly spinning out of control.

The Top Echelon Insider told us this:

"How long can Kansas City carry this project? Really, this is one of the most longstanding subsidy efforts in the history of City Hall. It's no longer a development, it has turned into an entitlement. We just don't have the money to do this any longer. City Hall isn't creating new jobs in this area, we're holding back business from finding a new idea and innovating because so many people have become dependent on this steady steam of revenue."

Fun fact, Kansas City has spent more than $70 Million since the late 90s on the area in order to spark revitalization. And now, TOP ECHELON KANSAS CITY INSIDERS are calling for the end of this City Hall funding.

20 Comments:

Anonymous said...

TKC, you need to balance those figures with the $14 million KCMo is paying every year to support the P&L district.

Anonymous said...

Where and who got that money? That's a toy train or two.

Anonymous said...

Thinking about bailing out on the P&L payment isn't going to happen, because that's a bond obligation and that would pretty much end KCMO's ability to borrow money. Of course, given this group's recklessness, they probably wouldn't be all bad.
But having the city auditor review all the outsanding subsidized projects and publishing a list of all those that are upside down is a great idea.
Then the public can pick and choose and direct the council where to pull the plugs and redirect that money to things like street repair and public safety.
So where's Sly?

Anonymous said...

Every dollar thrown into 18/Vine may as well be flushed down the toilet into the aged and broken down sewers of KCMO.

Charles said...

This has been a long time coming. As soon as Cleaver takes his position in Hillary's cabinet. 18th and Vine is done.

Carl, Mission Hills said...

Revitalization of what?

A waste of 70 million dollars that would have been better spent fixing the city streets and had something to show for it. You can't fix an area whose population for the most part has no respect for what is done. It's the population as a whole that is keeping businesses out of the area. You can hang banners and slap a little paint around in say the stockyards, but in the end it's still the stockyards and some banners and paint isn't going to make the smell go away.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather end the reign of Troy Schulte.

Anonymous said...

If you want to talk about "entitlements," don't forget the P&L district, the Star's all-glass facility, Bannister Mall and soon, the West Bottoms. All of these have been propped-up with money and more money.

Downtown streets are a maze with crews PATCHING, but not REPLACING infrastructure.

It's past time for the City leaders, (and none of them are elected), to clean house and get back to business. And, that business does not include expensive trains.

It starts with strong schools, safe neighborhoods and toilets that flush.

My time is up. Same for you Sly.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this an amenity for the toy train hipsters, all 375 of them?

Anonymous said...

Wow. I didn't know the area was still being subsidized. That needs to stop yesterday. Enough people got rich off the construction that should be enough.

Kim said...

I think your tipster ignores that jobs are not easy to find. Not even low paying ones. Typical City Hall.

Anonymous said...

Sheeyit, I wouldn't go down there if you paid me money. Mofos with guns, dude. What part of that don't you understand?

Anonymous said...

Sheeyit, I wouldn't go down there if you paid me money. Mofos with guns, dude. What part of that don't you understand?

Anonymous said...

What's it mean the low paying jobs aren't cost effective? Low paying jobs are federally subsidized because they dont pay enough to keep people out of poverty. I imagine city hall is aware of and utilizes this fact.
Millions of dollars in debts can be written off without destroying creditworthiness. Banks write off millions in debts between each other all the time, or just rig the libor or such. Debts that don't go towards essentials could be renegotiated in a future hypothetical scenario.

Anonymous said...

Stop subsidizing the 18th & Vine Jazz District? The people want to know, "who gets the Parker's plastic sax?"t

Anonymous said...

Give the area its own police station, open 6 more jazz clubs with 5am liquor licenses and recreate the wonderful sinful past.
Tourists will love it!

Anonymous said...

TKC already said it best: "- Again, after this weekend the only thing the area is consistently producing is violence."

This is exactly what niggers do and it's all they will ever produce. Not one more dollar should be spent on this shithole.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe we couldn't get a frickin' jazz district off the ground that is literally mentioned in bunches of songs, that already has two museums and a historical theater.

If this was NOLA or Memphis black folks would have a bit of pride about their own neighborhood and history.

hoof arted said...

NO SHIT ! Kansas City niggers are repugnant.

Anonymous said...

Yep, the first thing they did was make it clear that whities are not welcome. Too bad they don't know their history. The district will fail if they don't attract the Johnson County jazz lovers. And they haven't even tried to tap into the international fame of the area. It's nothing but a government subsidized area for the use of the African American community. Fine, they need some place to hold events. But don't complain when it isn't viable financially.