Kansas City Newsman Bill Tammeus Considers Kansas City Country Club Plaza Troubles From Faith-Based Perspective
Legendary Kansas City Journalist Bill Tammeus offers his perspective on problems facing The Plaza in his latest post.
The Plaza's teen problem
The former Kansas City Star reporter offers a glimpse @ "what people of faith might be called to do when it comes to large groups of predominantly African-American young people looking to hang out on The Plaza."
Here's a bit of his conclusion:
"The deeper question, however, is whether Kansas Citians are more worried about protecting their beloved Country Club Plaza or about the direction of the lives of minority teen-agers in the city. The evidence suggests Kansas City's priority is not the latter but the former. How sad.
"Among such evidence you see the decades of decline and failure of our public school system, which now is not even accredited by the state of Missouri. If we really cared about the future of all -- all -- of our young people we would be working hard to rescue our public schools, which in turn would be working hard to open up the future for students.
"Some of that is happening, but not nearly enough."
I'm not sure if Jesus is the answer for violent teen flash mobs on the Plaza but it's cool to see somebody coming at the problem from the right place.
Meanwhile, Kansas City remains on the brink of losing its premiere shopping and cultural district along with faith in this town's elected leadership.
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