TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! DEETS ON MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY STREETCAR PUSH BACK!!!
TKC NOTE: We notice that transit activist weren't bragging about all of the community "support" they claimed this week after some real questions have started to emerge on Phase II of their plan. Accordingly, here's a bit of description of how the last streetcar meeting when down. Check it:
The Latest Streetcar Meeting
There were over 250 in attendance. There was enough dissension in the room during Gunner's presentation that when he was done they decided to change the format. They offered a separate room for those that wanted to speak to city council members who were present, Russ Johnson, Jim Glover, Jan Marcason, et al. The people who wanted to look at the maps and talk to Next Rail facilitators could stay at the tables.
About 2/3 stayed at the tables and 1/3 that went to the other room.
It started off with Johnson rambling about nothing. At one point the room reacted to something he said and there was an outburst. He got frustrated about being interrupted and said he was going to do what he does with his kids. He was going to stand there and say nothing until there was quiet. A couple of people jumped on him for being condescending.
The best part of the evening was when Glover was answering a question and Russ Johnson started talking over him. Glover chastised Johnson in a rather humiliating manner. Johnson was so frustrated and annoyed that he threw a quick little tantrum and crushed the empty water bottle in his hand. It was very entertaining to watch the interaction between Johnson and Glover. Glover kind of slapped Johnson down a few times during the night. They do not appear to like each other and Glover did not even try to be diplomatic about it.
There were a lot of good speakers and excellent points were made.
There is concern the City might suggest stopping the tracks at 51st street to shut up the Brookside / Waldo dissenters. This is on the agenda for today's mayor’s advisory meeting. No matter where it stops, there will still be a 1% sales tax, with the possibility of more of the same from the county, and was it MODOT that also wants to propose a 1% sales tax? This definitely a WAR ON THE POOR PEOPLE OF KANSAS CITY! The fact that we have bad schools, bad sewers, high crime, etc., exacerbates the issue.
Even if they say they are going to stop at 51st now, they will change their mind later and decide to extend further south.
Citizens for Responsible Government