TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! MUST SEE: KANSAS CITY WESTSIDE ORGANIZES AGAINST 17TH & MADISON TIF!!!
A controversial development stands in front of City Council today and voters on Kansas City's Westside are standing up against the gentrification effort currently vying for tax breaks and threatening to displace residents.
Remember that we offered EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT from community leaders on this project last week. Here's the crux of the argument:
Community note: "This Project should be held to CURRENT ZONING because that zoning best reflects the character of and best protects the Westside and is the result of an extraordinary effort which was supervised by City Planning Staff. It took over two years to complete; over 400 people participated in the process; with at least 8 large meetings; and small meetings on every block in the neighborhood. This process should be respected.
"The Westside underwent this downzoning because the development downtown began to overflow into the Westside and developers began proposing out of scale projects that put pressure on the single-family character of the Westside and threatened dislocation of the local Latino community.
"THIS IS ONE OF THOSE OUT OF SCALE PROJECTS ZONING WAS DESIGNED TO STOP."
Even better . . .
THIS MORNING WE'VE GOT EXCLUSIVE TESTIMONY FROM A KANSAS CITY WESTSIDE ACTIVIST WORKING TO GARNER NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPORT AGAINST THE TAX BREAK PROJECT!!!
The best and brightest among our blog community captured this footage of a young woman in the Summer heat gathering a great deal of community support against this project as it stands how.
Here's what she had to say . . .
Remember, so many speculative deals before City Council have rarely panned out and this one not only looks sketchy but clearly hasn't captured the support of the community . . . Many of whom will visit City Hall today, call their council members, and oppose this tax break gentrification deal.
Developing . . .