Friday, June 06, 2014

KANSAS CITY NEIGHBORHOOD RAGE: NO CASH FOR HYDRANTS AMID TOY TRAIN STREETCAR SPENDING SPREE?!?!



Once again Kansas City neighborhood residents outside of downtown remain disappointed with City Hall priorities or lack thereof . . .

Fox4: Neighbors angered by out of service hydrant near homes that caught fire

Also . . . Obviously, I don't want to debate firefighting but looking around at old and busted Kansas City infrastructure it's becoming more obvious KCMO isn't investing much beyond the scope of the Downtown condo boom.

Develoing . . .

9 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Again, the buck stops at the City Managers office.

Anonymous said...

Sly James stays SUCKING ASS.

Obama Sucks said...

Kansas City Sucks

Anonymous said...

Kinda hard to Justify frivolous things when we don't buy the basics. Its like buying a $4000 toaster but never buying bread

Anonymous said...

Again, you need to google "false dilemma".

And if the city allows the core continue to depopulate and lose tax base - which is what happens to cities with no or underfunded and underperforming public transit - there won't be any money for other infrastructure.

The development patterns of the Northland are not sustainable long term, its why the suburban, low density areas of the previous 50 years of suburbanization are depopulating an in some cases ghetto-ifying. Suburban sprawl can not pay for the services it demands. When you build "neighborhoods" designed for 3000 people per square mile, there simply aren't enough tax dollars to pay for the roads, sewers, highways, power infrastructure, fire protection, hydrants, or cops to police the area. That's basic math.

It also cripple your chances of attracting new residents. Most people who move to KC move to the urban core. Most people under 40 value living in walkable, transit oriented urban areas. Most people over 80 literally NEED to. That why senior living facilities basically mimic the environment of older urban cores: a bunch of people living close, with centralized walkable places to get food, medicine and to socialize. It is literally a biological and evolutionary reality of our species. We are pack animals.

Moreover, it's an economic reality. Suburbs cannot pay for themselves. Everyone is fond of pointing out the the Northland is a growing part of KC tax base, and that's true, its about 1/4 of the total income, but its over 1/2 of the total landmass. That means over half of the money we spend on infrastructure goes to serve 1/4 of the tax base. By comparison, as many people live in the SW corridor as the entire Northland and with a higher household income (aka, more tax base).

There's nothing wrong with suburbs or the people who live in them, ethically. But structurally, they are an aberration, and cannot and will not exist for much longer in their current form. The city should respect people decision to live in low density sprawl, but those people need to have a different realistic expectation of what services they should receive from the city and at what level. And the city should plan for and focus on East Side repopulation, SW corridor sustained growth, and a realistic vision for the Northland and extreme Southland in the future (which means development that looks more like Zona Rosa or Briarcliff, and less like Staley).

Anonymous said...

Who needs fire hydrants when they can have a pretty trolley instead? Clang, clang!

Lenin and Stalin burning in Hell said...

8:41 #1 is a Communist Apparatchik.

P Bear said...

Spending way too much money on those fucking

shit throwing fucking monkeys.

Anonymous said...

Forget this stuff and get the train running. If we would get rid of half of the hydrants (just buy twice as long a hose) we could get the train running. I want to be the first drunk to barf out a train window as it passes the bus stop/