Sunday And The End Of Kansas City Tradition
On this late and kinda chill Kansas City Sunday night, let's take a moment to contemplate the final day of Halls on The Country Club Plaza.
There are more than a few factors that could take the blame for the demise of this local department store institution.
- Violent Teen Flash Mobs haven't made it easy to turn a profit in an entertainment district.
- The Internets has made bricks and mortar retail a thing of the past and selling cheaply made Chinese goods to middle-class white people has now become a thing of the past.
- Moreover, The Country Club Plaza is no longer the hangout for the local elite . . . Kansas City movers and shakers spend most of their time in Leawood. The city has sprawled and spiraled out of control. Plaza shops are generic changes and a local retailer is nearly impossible to find in much the same way that "buying American" is an antiquated notion when most union manufactured cars are filled with Southeast Asian components from bumper to bumper.
But fear not . . . So many among our Kansas City intelligentsia claim that streetcars and high speed Internets lead to way to prosperity or at least will inspire the middle-class to return to the city and begin the long-awaited gentrification aimed at driving poor, mostly brown people to the outskirts of the city. Okay, maybe there really isn't an upside here but merely various opportunities to buy in to any given ideology or brand.
Still, the point of this final Sunday post is to acknowledge that Kansas City traditions often end but the game of SELLING THE PUBLIC remains the same. To that end, either online or in nicer boutique settings the denizens of this cowtown confront one sales call after the next with differing benefits but all aimed at separating people from their cash. And while capitalism is a fine thing and probably the wonderful reason why the KC Metro is home to so many chubby blondes, it's important to assure value for every purchase.
And so, as the high-end quality of Halls is now scaling back and soon to disappear, Kansas City is flooded with other unique selling propositions. The marketplace of ideas and merch is virtually limitless. Accordingly, our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY will do our best to bargain shop and haggle as politicos and all manner of sales people make their pitch.
Hopefully, more BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE NEWS, discussion, debate, discourse, our fair share of hateration and all kinds of good stuff for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!