TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN OPPONENTS CALL OUT AGEISM OF STREETCAR SUPPORTERS!!!
Pamela Anderson is going old school quite gracefully and she's our inspiration for this observation about another aspect of the often discriminatory discourse in Kansas City.
To wit . . .
OPPONENTS OF THE STREETCAR BLAST AGEISM OF TOY TRAIN SUPPORTERS!!!
In this society, ageism is casually accepted even though discrimination based on this demographic information is strictly against the law. Moreover, talking point of toy train supporters using age-based divisiveness seem quizical given that most of the advocates are well into their 30s and Council Dude Russ Johnson is vibrant but not exactly a spring chicken.
And all of this started with an astute observation from KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER. Check it:
"I've noticed the facebook pages of some of the streetcar proponents that young people who want it are becoming very ageist in their comments about the opponents. Have you noticed the same? Ageism is just as bad as sexism and racism, but some people don't see it that way."
This insider continued with very informative insight on the toy train streetcar . . .
KANSAS CITY TRANSIT TO CREATE JOBS RATHER THAN ECO-DEVO AND TOURISM SCHEMES
I live in Brookside and am happy to take the Max bus when I need it. Cheap and efficient. And it comes and go and leaves no train tracks behind. Brookside and Waldo moms aren't going to use a streetcar to shop for groceries or pick up their kids from schools. Many of the people work from home. Others work in Overland Park and surrounding locations. The number of people in Brookside and Waldo that would actually use a streetcar outside of a possible morning or afternoon rush hour are very minimal. And for them, they have the Max bus on Main St.
The truth that no one wants to admit is that in Kansas City, people don't want to ride a bus with blacks and Mexicans. So somehow they think a billion dollar streetcar will homogenize mass transit for them.
In Chicago, San Francisco, D.C., New York, and other cities - all classes of people ride the subways and mass transit, regardless of income.
People in Kansas City don't need mass transit. So that's why I think the Streetcar outside of some possible tourism benefits is not great. Only if it helps with jobs would I really approve it.
Mike Sanders has it right in trying to get use of existing train tracks to bring people from Independence, Blue Springs and other locations to and from the city. When I was a Director at a big company in Overland Park, many of our entry level employees for customer service, clerical and other "non-college degree" type jobs lived in mid-town or the more rural areas. They weren't making enough money to have brand new cars and we were hoping there would be trains from Union Station or Lee Summit into one or two centralized locations in Overland Park. These employees told us they would have gladly used mass transit to get to their jobs in the suburbs.
Something to think about while we celebrate the term MILF making into the lexicon.
More later . . .