Sunday, April 13, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY ACTIVISTS START GRASSROOTS URBAN EQUITY GROUP AFTER EPIC WIN AGAINST GENTRIFICATION!!!



Our blog community was the first to break news of the class struggle betwixt the residents of the Bainbridge Apts. and overeager developers and their political puppets in Midtown Kansas City.

Now . . .

AFTER AN EPIC WIN AGAINST GENTRIFICATION . . . THERE IS A KANSAS CITY GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT UNDERWAY TO HELP THE WORKING POOR ACHIEVE HOUSING EQUALITY!!!

Equal housing and fed home program rules have often been a problem/hot mess in Kansas City for quite some time . . . Now, this group looks to help local residents and offer more support against a system that's often problematic for those who rely on it most.

Check the presser . . .

Kansas City, MO – Following a successful petition by Hyde Park neighbors encouraging city leaders to find more ethical and democratic solutions to crime in the Amour Blvd. Corridor, the petition organizers now announce the creation of Urban Equity KC—The Alliance for Social Equity and Inclusion.

Urban Equity KC is a new grassroots alliance seeking more transparency and inclusion from city leaders in support of our neighbors at the Bainbridge, Linda Vista, and Georgian Court apartments. This effort began with a resident meeting at the Bainbridge in February 2014.

After hearing the concerns of the residents first hand, and learning of their exclusion from a decision-making process that would affect their homes, a small group of neighbors recognized two important needs. In the short term, we needed to gather neighborhood support in halting the city's relocation process. For the long term, we needed to build a culture of inclusion so that our neighborhood, and our Hyde Park neighbors at the Bainbridge, could solve future problems in more open and equitable ways.



Last week, we received word that the Bainbridge management company and city hall reached an agreement that more information and participation is needed before taking any kind of action that impacts the Hyde Park residents living in the Bainbridge, Linda Vista, and Georgian Court apartments. We applaud city leaders and their willingness to pause, review, and rethink their approach to solving issues along Armour Boulevard.

We are proud to say that we have worked alongside our Bainbridge neighbors to accomplish our first goal: the city has halted its process leading toward evictions. However, we recognize that this process is not over and that our work as a neighborhood and community is only beginning. For this reason, our once-small group of neighbors is proud to announce the formation of Urban Equity KC: The Alliance for Social Equity and Inclusion. As a grassroots community organization, Urban Equity KC aims to change the discourse on poverty, focusing on transparent and inclusive models for dialogue and active problem solving strategies.

Urban Equity KC will continue to work with Bainbridge, Linda Vista, Georgian Court, and other Hyde Park neighbors to engage residents and community members. We are gaining support from key community leaders who are motivated to work together for our community through open dialogue and pro-active solutions. Supporters include Pastor Donna Simon of St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran, Sister Berta of Operation Breakthrough, Georgia Walker of Journey to a New Life, as well as the staff of Phoenix Family Housing. These individuals, and many more, will support Urban Equity KC and the residents of the Bainbridge, Linda Vista, and Georgian Court to continue the conversation of inclusion.

Urban Equity KC looks forward to upcoming events and opportunities to further the discourse of social equity and inclusion in Kansas City.
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24 Comments:

Anonymous said...

this is needed before the election.

Anonymous said...

What KCMO REALLY needs is yet ANOTHER organization marching around, making demands, and looking for "funding".
Folks certainly should have decent housing, but you would think that maybe the elected officials would address issues of actual residents and that there are already organizations and groups who work on this issue.
But every time around three people get together, there's suddenly a new "group" in town.
And their main focus becomes fighting with all the other little groups.
It's not hard to see why so little actually gets done.

Anonymous said...

6:47 is right.
Will there be facilitating, and dialoguing, and identifying stakeholders?
Will there be opportunities for paid consultants and facilitators?
How about a chance to spread some of someone else's money around?
And can it be long before Sly shows up and promises that this latest group will be getting "their fair share"?

Anonymous said...

Give Tony's mom money. That is what this is post is about.

Tony is all for tax expenditures and active government when it impacts his immediate family.

Bear News Network reports..... said...

Housing for the elderly and poor is a worthy cause.

Starting a organization to help those people will probably end up being run by more "GRIFTERS" and that is NOT a worthy cause.

Anonymous said...

Really bad idea.

Anonymous said...

Who is this? Are they going to say we'll need a streetcar to Hyde Park to stop gentrification next?

elBryan said...

Um, what if the city stopped spending money to displace people and instead found solutions for addressing poverty and crime?

You want to tali about planning kc for 75 years from now, this is the REAL way to do that. How do I get in contact with these people?

Anonymous said...

We need to transform KC from a collection of treasures into a collection of dive bars and sporting Colosseum's.

Anonymous said...

um, what if you bathed more than weekly elBryan? The Air Quality Index would shoot up ten points

Anonymous said...

How about if this group worked on getting the troublemakers out of these buildings? No one in Hyde Park would care who lives in these buildings if the crime were eliminated. The homes in that area, especially south of Armour, are pretty pricey, and you just can't blame people who pay those prices for wanting to live in a relatively crime-free 'hood.

Anonymous said...

Dont worry folks ALEC is on the,way May 2. The 1% stand united!

Anonymous said...

ALEC has an amazing platform for this year! Up the 1%!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgpa7wEAz7I

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Anonymous said...

bad day to be a Jew

P Bear said...

Nuts everywhere...Metro Killa City has become Afghanistan on the Plains.

elBryan said...

Dammit, it's raining. I was going to try and go another week without a shower.

Anonymous said...

Equity? Don't the mean equality? Two totally different words.

elBryan said...

The? Don't you mean they? Two totally different words...

Anonymous said...

Typo. Do they really mean equity?

Anonymous said...

Nobody wants section 8 housing in their neighborhood because people using section 8 spend all day robbing those around them since they ain't go no job

elBryan said...

Yes, they really mean equity, and Northeast probably has more section 8 housing than any other neighborhood in KC. In some cases, it can be problematic, but the fact of life is that some people are less fortunate than others, and it's our responsibility to find solutions for these people.

To me, it has always made more sense to spread these locations throughout the city to make any of the potential problems that come with them more manageable. A lot of times, all it takes is a few neighbors finding out what kind of help the tenants need to correct the problem, but when you've got 2-3 problem houses on every block, it's overwhelming.

That's why the solution isn't displacing low income residents by down-zoning, and forcing the needy into concentrated, segregated areas.

Anonymous said...

If Urban Equity wants to provide support to those in need of safe, affordable housing, they need to join the effort to force HUD to disburse the units in accordance with HUD policy. How many more murders need to occur in these buildings before they recognize this? I doubt it is Urban Equity’s mission to provide support to the 1% who receive tax shelters from low income HUD housing projects, but that is exactly who they are helping with this effort. How sadly misinformed they are.

Mr. Rational said...

(I HATE it when a carefully-referenced comment is deleted by the filters! Can't include any links, it appears.)

Anonymous, you seem to be saying that the BUILDINGS are doing the murders.  Are you crazy, or just exercising "crimestop"?  Buildings may be dangerous, but they do not use knives or guns.  They do not have agency.  If the area in and around the building is dangerous, it's not because of the architecture, it's because of criminals.

HUD's policies are doing nothing except putting violent criminals in formerly-peaceful neighborhoods.  They are spreading the crime to areas and people who should have been left alone.  See the 2008 article in The Atlantic magazine, "American Murder Mystery", for details on how the Section 8 relationship to crime was uncovered despite the secrecy intended to hide it (you cannot get a list of Section 8 addresses).

Thugs and other criminals should be kept at a distance and behind fences so decent people can be safe.  The Urbans can get Equity just as soon as they behave as White suburbanites do—which means, they never will, and it's nobody's fault but theirs.