TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KICK-ASS TKC READER FACT CHECKS KANSAS CITY HIGHWAY 71 AND CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER LEGACY!!!
Recently, the Kansas City Public Radio station started whining about local dividing lines and they're currently crying crocodile tears 71.
Yesterday, we talked about the KCUR report that doesn't really tell the whole story.
Thankfully . . .
CHECK THIS TKC READER FACT CHECK THAT DETAILS THE HISTORY OF US71 AND THE INFLUENCE OF THIS TOWN'S MOST POWERFUL KANSAS CITY POLITICO!!!
This no-holds-barred testimony rings true and offers an IMPORTANT perspective on our Kansas City transit history. Check it:
Car-Wash Congressman Cleaver And The Stoplights On US71
The stoplights on U.S. 71 are a direct result of then-Mayor Cleaver demanding them. Those intersections were supposed to have fly-overs, but Cleaver insisted in the early to mid-nineties that there be stoplights, going so far as to ask for the resignation of KC's representative on the Missouri Highway Commission (Jim Gamble from Independence) when the Commission balked.
His logic went back to the 1970's urban freeway wars that turned D.C. in to the traffic nightmare that it. (there is no way to get through D.C. without traveling on city streets) He was convinced that the stoplights would somehow make the road less divisive and that the intersections would increase commercial development.
The direct result of his legacy on this issue? Instead of increased development at those intersections, ZERO investment in the area because nobody wants the security risk of placing investment there, and increased deaths - including the death of a child in the back of a Jetta a couple of years ago when a paroled felon, high on PCP, ran over the top of the car stopped in the northbound lanes. (Another fail all by itself)
Oh, yeah. We all get to spend more time on the road, too.