TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! AMID MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY SPATE OF VIOLENCE MAIN ST. STARBUCKS REMOVES GOOGLE FIBER COMMUNITY TABLES!!!
The so-called Kansas City gigabit revolution hit a roadblock recently and in the shadow of a spate of violence raging throughout Midtown.
To wit . . .
TKC EXCLUSIVE COFFEE NEWZ!!! MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY MAIN ST. STARBUCKS REMOVES COMMUNITY TABLES AND CHROMEBOOKS FOR PUBLIC INTERNETS ACCESS AFTER MOSTLY HOBOS MONOPOLIZED THE SPACE!!!
Here's the before . . .
Now . . .
Remember that not so long ago this spot was touted as the Starbucks with the fastest wi-fi in the United States and part of the Kansas City gigabit revolution.
But reality has finally sunk in for these java distributors who are surrounded on all sides with a notable uptick in violence.
On the bright side, I'm writing this post from this location right now and it's a lot nicer than it was with the community tables for the Internets.
There were a few violent altercations but nothing significant, KCPD stops by regularly to check in on the place and keep the peace since it's the busiest Starbucks in Kansas City when drive-thru traffic is included. However, denizens of this spot usually have reported some minor and not so minor thefts.
While it's sad to see the resource removed, overall it's a win.
At the time of this writing there's no word from corporate on whether they'll put the tables back and off the record, without bothering my barista too much . . . Just about everybody is glad the hobo Internets access is gone, hopefully for good.
And so . . . The digital divide among the Kansas City homeless along with the threat of increasing violence offer a fact check for all the hype about Google gigabit Internets speed transforming this town into a supposedly smart city.
You decide . . .