TKC BLOG COMMUNITY SEYZ KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PHASE DEUX VOTE ON TRACK TO STAY LOSING!!!
We're getting reax behind the sense and from a few consults involved in the upcoming "Phase Deux" of the toy train streetcar who don't think this will be a slam dunk for Mayor Sly and Council dude Russ Johnson.
To wit . . .
CHECK THE TOP 5 REASONS TOY TRAIN CRITICS THINK THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PHASE DEUX VOTE WILL FAIL!!!
5. Clay Chastain light rail transit and the Missouri transportation tax vote will confuse everybody.
Nobody but Kansas City amateur urban planners really understands the difference betwixt light rail and streetcars . . . It doesn't help things that TKC TIPSTERS have already raised an important issues about the VERY STRANGE CONSTRUCTION of the downtown line and how that raises issues about a light rail future ahead.
4. More Voters
The voting district is bigger on this one and Kansas City's bigger plans make it harder to rig an election.
3. Total lack of community and biz support
Along the new line, biz owners are UNIVERSALLY REJECTING the prospect of construction, blighting toy train power cables running across the sky and even more taxes.
2. Organized opposition.
Mr. Peanut is funding Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar fighters now. This moves a lot of political support away from the project and really the Mayor and the consultants on this one haven't met with much success when there's organized political opposition.
1. Mayor Sly Is Losing Political Capital
This maybe the first instance where it's doubtful that Mayor Sly can ram through this issue with his charisma. Going into an election year, the Mayor is losing steam and other longstanding problems will take away from his streetcar advocacy. Council Dude Russ Johnson doesn't have any fans on this side of the bridge so he's not going to be able to help. Moreover, as soon as the Mayor is convinced that this won't be an easy fight . . . He'll start to distance himself from any political responsibility.
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Remember . . . Before any of these other news agencies . . . THE TKC BLOG COMMUNITY AND AWESOME TIPSTERS noted the toy train asking for a HUGE CHUNK of MO Transit Tax Cash.