TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY TESTIMONY FROM THE UMKC TOY TRAIN STREETCAR KANGAROO COURT SYMPOSIUM!!!
Recently, the top rising star legal minds in Kansas City reviewed the case for and against the toy train streetcar that's getting railroaded through this cowtown.
Accordingly and without taking on a mountain of debt in order to fight traffic tickets for a living . . .
CHECK THIS EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS UMKC TOY TRAIN STREETCAR DAY LAW REVIEW!!!
Imagine TKC as John Houseman in The Paper Chase only with a baseball cap, a Chicano KCMO West Side accent and asking all of the chubby white women inappropriate questions.
Anyhoo . ..
THE RECENT UMKC KANGAROO TOY TRAIN STREETCAR COURT ATTRACTED 300 PEOPLE!!!
Not a peep on the Symposium from any other media outlet but THANKFULLY AND GRACIOUSLY . . . Here is the DEFINITIVE TESTIMONY from a KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDER . . . Check it:
Urban Lawyers Streetcar Symposium Recap
Congratulations are in order for The UMKC School of Law and their Urban Lawyer’s Street Car Symposium held today. I have to say I went with the predisposed mindset that I would be met with a group of students who thought the street car was “sexy’ and they couldn’t wait to get on board. I figured they would come for the free pizza and some because they had to for a class. I couldn’t have been more wrong and I apologize
The majority of the students were very interested and asked pertinent questions. I had several tell me that their minds were not made up one way or another, that there were many things to consider one of which was the morality of the project. This surprised me. They seemed to be aware that the street car would create an unjust, unfair tax burden on the poorest people in the city. The moderator pointed out that in the 1940's -50’s, Kansas City had a streetcar that ran right by the school. This system went broke and was eventually torn up. He asked the Mayor “why a streetcar and why now.” The Mayor’s response “times change”. They Mayor went on to state "there is $750,000,000 of development in down town Kansas City created by the street car or at least the street car had some part in getting the development. The apartment occupancy rate is 97%”. John McGurk, assistant to the Mayor, went on to say “ after an extensive study, the streetcar was the preferred method of travel”?
The moderator mentioned Fr. Ernie Davis, from St.Theresa’s parish, had testified at one of the hearings, how the streetcar would create an inappropriate burden on his parishioners already struggling to buy groceries and pay rent and house payments. His parish is in the TDD and several parishioners live within 1/3 mile of the track so they would catch the brunt of the tax burden. I was floored at the response given by John McGurk, the Mayors Assistant. Mr. McGurk stated “the people getting the benefit should pay for it”. There was no consideration that the poorest people in our city would be taxed unfairly and probably wouldn’t use the streetcar. The Mayor chimed in “transit does not pay for itself”. In other words, if it is an unjust burden on the poorest people in the city, so be it!
The question was asked, “ what is being done to help the small businessmen who might have their business interrupted by construction or their property torn up?” The Mayor stated “every business along the route who made such an inquiry had been contacted by the city or the contractor.” The Mayor went on to say “ negotiating the streetcar project thru the neighborhoods is a lot like childbirth. While I have not given birth, my wife has and while there was much apprehension at the start: when it was all over, it was no big deal!” Several women in my area of the auditorium gasped.
Other questions: Why not do it all at once, why piecemeal the project? Mayors response “ people get weird if you announce a citywide system…”
What are you doing to sway people who oppose the streetcar? Mayor response “ there’s been a big change in attitude since I took office. Mayor Barnes started it. It is always the negative people that bitch a lot.” I suppose here he was referring to the Cave Men. He encouraged the students to get involved if they want something.
We did learn that if the Judge rules the TDD can move forward and there is not an appeal, then it will be on the August ballot. We were told this would be like “a normal school board election”. It will not be like phase one, where ballots were mailed out and had to be notarized before they could be cast.
After the event, I spoke with several students, many of whom were unsure how they felt stating there were too many unanswered questions. Others who lived in Waldo wanted to know how they could get the streetcar to go there. One student, from Milwaukee, stated she was involved in Milwaukee three or four years ago when they were pushing a streetcar. The streetcar was voted down because of the cost associated with it. She felt like a lot of what she heard today from the city leaders was “bullshit”.
Again I congratulate UMKC law School and the individuals involved in putting the symposium on.
Citizens for Responsible Government