TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY RIVER MARKET CYCLERY SHUTTING DOWN DESPITE PROXIMITY TO THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR LINE!!!
Kansas City's brightest minds and most persistent transit activists told us that the new toy train streetcar would spark development and economic growth but it seems that bolstering financial activity is much harder than delivering constant optimistic chatter about ridership numbers.
Accordingly . . .
OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY SHARES NEWS AND PERSPECTIVE ON THE TRAGIC RIVER MARKET CYCLERY SHUT DOWN AND THE FAILURE OF THE STREETCAR TO SAVE THIS BIZ!!!
Here's the word from a KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER . . .
"Streetcar fiasco claims another victim. River Market Cyclery is closing and those jobs are lost forever. This business is within 100 yards of the trolley. Reportedly, the additional taxes (sales & real estate) caused by the transportation district, prevented them from being competitive with other bike shops in the area."
A social media notice touts a tragic going out of biz sale, posted for public info and we want to do our best to help this biz clear their inventory . . .
"Starting July 6, 2016 we are starting our going out of business sale event. Everything is on sale at 25% off the listed price. Please stop in and see if we have anything that you want. @RMcyclery"
What's tragic here is that any news that conflicts with the toy train streetcar narrative inspires little more than tirades, denials and hard feelings. Nevertheless, our blog community is rolling with a simple fact right now: Streetcar proponents said their project would spark economic growth but a beloved biz is going bust right next to the line despite that fact that it focuses on selling bikes which transit activists seem to include in their grand designs. We can only hope that streetcar advocates won't blame the victims of broken promises and instead realize that small biz suffers while taxpayer subsidy for corporations is the only growth industry in the TDD right now.
You decide . . .