Monday, May 12, 2014

THE KANSAS CITY LATE NIGHT FACT CHECK: TOY TRAIN STREETCAR FAILS PORTLAND!!!



Right now let's check the latest update on how the toy train streetcar is killing local streets and pretty much stalling most traffic within the loop.

More interestingly . . .

PORTLAND'S TOY TRAIN IS TAKING HEAT AND PROVES THAT STREETCAR ECO-DEVO ISN'T SAVING THE CITY OF HIPSTERS!!!

An awesome KC Insider sends this important link our way . . .

Harsh Portland audit airs streetcar risks

Money line . . .

"A recent city of Portland audit called the operations structure of that city's popular, 13-year-old streetcar system "confusing and convoluted." The report says problems such as poor contract management and a lack of transparency in financial reporting need to be corrected before Portland's streetcar is expanded again."

Funny. That sounds exactly like Kansas City's "walkable district" nonsense and the idea that a toy train will spark economic growth when BILLIONS WORTH OF KANSAS CITY TOURIST ATTRACTION BUILDING hasn't helped and the loop has lost 16k jobs over the past 10 years.

Developing . . .

20 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't ask questions. Just trust in Sly!

Anonymous said...

Why would I ask questions? (That one's rhetorical!) I'm a suburban man. I already have my mind made up about everything and I will explain it anonymously and angrily on the internet! Ya goldamn whippersnapperhipster!

Anonymous said...

Unrelenting, you have been arguing that KC is NOT Rip City.

Now you want to use it as a comp.

Blow me.

Anonymous said...

Oh crap, I sure hope Portland hipsters dont start coming here in hopes of the train. I swear these people hate cars. If you have been to Portland you will know what I am talking about.

Anonymous said...

" The report says problems such as poor contract management and a lack of transparency in financial reporting need to be corrected before Portland's streetcar is expanded again."



Well that sounds like it was a report written on Kansas City, and will be under the current "leadership" in this city.....people who are drunk on their municipal power, or desire for such. Why would anyone try so hard to be wrapped up in such slimy politics of KCMO?

Blaz Tavers, local gadfly said...

If it isn't ecomonically feasable in a city like Portland with a dense, gridlike street system and lack of violent crime (making the MAX safe to ride virtually any time of the day), just why would someone be crazy enough to think we could make it work here?
Because City Hall sees themselves as the disciplining parent in a roomful of children who just don't seem to "get" how badly we need this.
At this point I say just go ahead with the fucker and let us serve as a martyr to save other cities from this disaster for decades to come.

Anonymous said...

We need to get outsiders to come to KCMO to clean it up. Obviously nobody votes in this town except those who gain to benefit something.


Anonymous said...

If you live in THE KCMO you deserve the anal rape coming. Most corrupt city in the states!

Miami Sound Machine said...

The rhythm is gonna get you and you are going to get raped!

Anonymous said...

But I voted no so I didn't want to get raped damnit

Anonymous said...

Can I pay my trolley fare with a song played on a ukelele or perhaps a hand knitted animal hat?

Anonymous said...

@10:18am hits the KCMO nail on the head.
When was the last time ANY project exhibited good contract management or financial transparency in KCMO?
The Main Street approval required clever lawyering and a fake election and the tens of millions being spent on planning requires borrowing against money designated for street repair in neighborhoods.
The ENTIRE streetcar project in KCMO is suspended by hot air and enthusiasm by people who have little or no financial responsibilities for the decades of bond payments that will follow.
And the first decision that Sly's "Streetcar Authority" made was that it would all be FREE.
But it's way too late to save much of anything now...and all started with the votes of just 375 residents, most of who are renters.
Really a shame.

chuck said...

Brutal.

A slow motion toy train wreck.

Anonymous said...

Funny did you know there are streets in Waldo without curbs? Seems like a better way to spend money

Anonymous said...

Agree, 7:15. I live on one of those streets. And 9:57: Remember, Mensa boy, you were elected by a suburban district.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind the "Portland Streetcar" is a totally separate entity from its area-wide light rail system, TriMet...which works.

The report doesn't really address economic development along the line but since this "blog" mostly twists the facts around these days to suit Patsy's paid agenda, that's not much of a surprise.

Anonymous said...

No problem here. Sly and the council won't allow any audits.

Anonymous said...

$11.5 billion in development investments around Portland stations since the first MAX line was built.

So, you know now that arguing against this is totally pointless.

Anonymous said...

Another day. Tony bitching about the rail.

Priceless, unrelenting, now boring.

Anonymous said...

The Streetcar supporters and their enablers are obviously out of control maniacs.

Whatever it takes to take these fuckers down is fine with me.