KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY CENTER DOUBLE DOWN ON VIOLENT TEEN FLASH MOB PREVENTION IDEA THAT DOESN'T WORK!!!
This morning Dead Tree Media brings us a press release report that ignores the reality of the CURRENT YOUTH VIOLENCE TREND plaguing Kansas City.
Newspaper: Club KC branches out to reach more kids on summer nights
"Club KC began in summer 2012 after crowds of unruly teens had caused problems on the Country Club Plaza in 2011. The program built in popularity in its first season and peaked with as many as 1,000 high school students flocking to Brush Creek Community Center over a weekend in late July 2012. The city also held events geared to middle schoolers at the Gregg/Klice and Tony Aguirre community centers.
"Last summer, the city documented more than 9,000 visits to Club KC events at various community centers, with participation averaging 755 each weekend. The city also attracted thousands to its nighttime basketball, soccer and volleyball events.
"Lyons said he hopes Club KC can grow to 15,000 visits this year, although he admits that’s an ambitious goal.
"Club KC won’t begin until Memorial Day weekend. Many details remain to be worked out before teens start signing up for programs"
And now the fact check . . .
CLUB KC WAS PRETTY USELESS IN PREVENTING VIOLENT TEEN FLASH MOBS ON THE PLAZA AND OTHER CRIME THROUGHOUT THE URBAN CORE!!!
Here's a bit more reality . . .
- Last year fights broke out @ The Mayor's 'Rock The Block' Party that turned into a near downtown riot.
- Again, the youth entertainment offerings didn't prevent persistent problems on the Plaza.
- Insiders report constant fighting @ Brush Creek Community Center and a need for more security to police rambunctious teens lured away from The Plaza.
In the final analysis, Mayor Sly's strategy of appeasement didn't work last year and now City Hall is set to try again with even more time, money and effort.
Developing . . .