Tuesday, September 02, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! FACT CHECK: CLEAR SIGN THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR FAILS TO ATTRACT NEW DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY BIZ!!!



Tonight we took a quick walk in Downtown Kansas City in order to fact check the often repeated claims that the Downtown Toy Train Streetcar is luring biz to the loop.

TO wit . . .

RIGHT ON THE TOY TRAIN LINE WE FOUND A VERY CLEAR SIGN THAT DEMAND FOR BIZ ALONG THE STREETCAR ROUTE IS NOTICEABLY LACKING!!!



Seriously, this sign serves as a FACT CHECK to so many bold claims of toy train eco-devo progress. The toy train streetcar might very well have potential but so far business clearly isn't flocking downtown to get an early place on the line.

More pix . . .

Just a quick peek at the Downtown KC Toy Train Streetcar obstacle course . . .



Digging up Downtown . . .



And then a look at City Hall's miniscule effort to protect existing biz that have been hurt by the ongoing construction mess.



Developing . . .

35 Comments:

Anonymous said...

KC is going down the tubes.

Anonymous said...

Lazy bums haven't even updated the Kansas City Streetcar Wikipedia page with the catastrophic loss they suffered on Aug 5.

Anonymous said...

This train is going to be the joke of the decade.

Anonymous said...

Beers still on sale ay Gomers!

Charles Portis, Distinguished Man of Letters said...

Fucking gondolas across the city would have made more sense and would get ridden more than this nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Boondoggle County

Anonymous said...

You found one vacant property..... Good job!

Anonymous said...

Your Name Here

LOL

Anonymous said...

IF the give enough tax abatements etc. they can get people to locate. However it's the average Joe that makes up the difference and pays for the City Services they enjoy for free.

Anonymous said...

IF the give enough tax abatements etc. they can get people to locate. However it's the average Joe that makes up the difference and pays for the City Services they enjoy for free.

Anonymous said...

That sign has been there for a year, that I know of!

Now we know for sure said...

CK = Detroit.

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of this one is that none of the pics are of actual streetcar construction. Most of the problems you are tearing up over are due to the water and sewer work...you know...the old systems you all used to whine and cry about before streetcar. How about we all wait to see how this thing turns out. Everyone should be hoping it turns out to be a home run. I think we all can agree that the status quo will not end well.

Anonymous said...

BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE:

"Toy Train Streetcar"....sorry Tony. You can keep using the phrase but you dont' have enough pull to make that mouthful catch on. Its apparently not a TRAIN at all. It would be better if it WAS. I think it'd be better to call it a 'shortline streetcar' because that's all it is.

Now they do have a nice Toy Train at the ZOO!

To wit:

You're starting to remind me of a mix between Don Quixote, Toni Bones, and Alonzo Washington--all great only in their own minds!

Polar Bear said...

Only shit birds and hoodisrattis urbanis feralis will ride that stinking Toy Train.

Can you imagine what it will smell like when you mix shit with the foul smell of hoodisrattis in a enclosed area with cheap heat/air.

Nah, the Bear will just call Ride Share.

Anonymous said...

Call it a tram; that's what it is. Just like the one that takes people from a parking lot to an attraction or airport. Stupid and expensive; the CK way.

Anonymous said...

Of course, SMARTCK also hasn't "updated" any of their 4 sites with their mystery magical bus plan to everywhere for free! Yet either. I'm sure every city in America with big bad scary boondoggle toy trains is waiting with bated breath to see the genuis that urban plannin pioneers like Dan coffee and Marsha lerenberg and mike bushnell have in store for the world! I bet the tear out their toy train boondoggle corrupt him crowmobiles immediately and adopt super smart and innovative KCs Mensa-level plan!

They'll probably set all their slaveship free too, since they won't have the slave toy trains that enslave them!

Somebody allergy Gwen-ton! It'll be like Juneteenth all over again,

Thanks Patrick Touhey. You are like the new Lincoln!

Anonymous said...

Well what you want them to do 10:42 rush out and try to railroad outdated, backward thinking, mediocre boondoggles with upside down smoker grill logo's up everyone's ass like the current crew running the show?

Anonymous said...

No – 8,602 (60%) Yes – 5,657 (40%)

Deal with it

Anonymous said...

toy train monorail

Anonymous said...

KCPT viewers. Welcome to the paper at the bottom of the birdcage.

JetRanger said...

of course you won't see any news of this on KCTV5.COM Web site either , for thos that haven't noticed theirs Turmoil down at that station and the viewers are pissed !
I'm kinda leaning towards that - that controvisal Dee Ann Smith, who didn't make it other stations, and somehow got on at KCTV5 as their web site multimedia producer has started some kind of outrageous ridlicious campaign to NOT allow comments below any of KCTV5's news articles on their web site - replaced now by Big Huge photos of silly news crap !
Quite sure many metro viwers and long time web site viewers are going to be quite pissed if not already ! Clearly a sign of Censorship by local news media against their viewers. KCTV5's reporting lately on local stories have been very very poor lately by their NEW bunch of inexperienced reporters. Local important stories replaced by some kind of news from 5 states away and celebrity news. Another Major Attempt to keep Kansas Citians in the dark as to whats really going on in their City and community with Antics like KCTV5 is doing and their reporters and web site staff multi-media so called producers !!!
KCTV5 = Big Time Fail to long time viewers of this city, shame on them for such outlandish behavior !!!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Try dealing with this:

That's a smaller voter turnout than the "rigged mail in election".

It's also a smaller percentage difference between yes and no.

So deal with it.

Here's another number to deal with:

55% of the downtown to plaza wards, you know, the ones who would have shouldered 75% of the tax burden to build the mostly east side expansion, voted YES.


None of your bullshit worked on us. You blew your wad, and freedom bailed you out.

In fact, with the money we save not subsidizing the east side, we could build 2 lines on the west side...

Maybe downtown to umkc and a WEST 39th line, maybe a broadway line?

55%

You didn't sway a single vote.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Paco has shown a history of objectivity towards the light rail. This is where we shall congregate to get unbiased information!

And Big Foot was spotted at one of the construction sites off Main.

Anonymous said...

That space was an old juice bar that never caught on. It isn't really set up for any business to just move in. Saying that though I agree that this train car thing is a waste of money.

Anonymous said...

"None of your bullshit worked on us. You blew your wad, and freedom bailed you out."

60-40, Mensa boy.

Hurf. Derf.

Anonymous said...

64%-38%

Deal with it.



theEditor said...

Replay this, Tony. When it's close to voting for a new Mayor, this has to be front and center. The whole trolly track thing is one huge, boondoggle. Don't let this sad excuse of a Mayor forget it, either. Stay on them!

Anonymous said...

102%, 8:17? That WAS a rigged vote.

Anonymous said...

SIM City pro in the house! You're having a really hard time letting it go, I can tell. The only one here not dealing with it is you, and your rationalizations of your defeat serve no purpose but your own therapy.

Anonymous said...

the Toy Train lost my enthusiasm when someone decided to run the track down Main. Bonehead idea. Main is already nicely developed and perhaps one of the narrower existing streets. It should have run on the east side of downtown, and not screwed up the existing traffice flow. Good job politicians and engineers!

Anonymous said...

Mensa boy has to economize, 10:41, since he'll be out on the street next year, so he's using TKC as therapy.

It's better than ramming other drivers on the Interstate.

Anonymous said...

Main street is "nicely developed" and "narrow"


hahahahahhahaha. That's precious.

Anonymous said...

Wow, pretty conclusive proof, man.

Bet its pretty hard to find a vacant storefront anywhere else in the metro, man.


It's, like, science, man.

Anonymous said...

Kansas City’s $100 million streetcar starter line, which will begin running in 2015. It will include a stop right outside the 30-story office building, and the streetcar is one reason among many that the Commerce Tower Group, of which Mr. Knight is a partner, acquired the property just 70 days after he walked through it for the first time a year ago.

In October, the company plans to begin converting the 500,000-square-foot tower into a $90 million vertical city of residential and office space, and retailing and restaurants.