Saturday, July 09, 2016

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 . . .

32 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Tk, you act like you're surprised. The streetcar was never about supporting small business. As you've said before, this is an line for lawyers, consultants, politicians, hotels and engineering firms.

Anonymous said...

we don't need to own bicycles. We have b-cycles. Welcome to the sharing economy, bitch.

Anonymous said...

Instead of bringing jobs to the area, trolley is driving jobs away. It is a darn expensive tourist attraction.

Bryan M. Stalder, Esq. said...

Streetcar vs bicycles. Same story everywhere.

Anonymous said...

City Hall loves to help attorneys, consultants, developers, bond salesmen, etc. All of this help is done by raising taxes on small businesses. No tif’s for them. When is this madness going to stop in our community?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the train wreck, I mean streetcar s/b dedicated to the gays. They're the ones who wanted it. Instead of Westport, they can have downtown and the streetcar. Color everything in rainbows. Everybody else will just avoid it.

Anonymous said...

And the Max bus now runs until 2 a.m. on weekends, and goes from Waldo to City Market. So we need to spend zillions on a streetcar extension because?

Anonymous said...

Any business, but especially small companies with even smaller margins, depend on customers, and particularly on repeat customers, in a small market like the KC metro.
And success is based on need, price, convenience for customers, and customer service.
None of which have anything to do with a streetcar, except for convenience, which the streetcar detracts from.
Reality again rears its ugly head.
Grandiose announcements, inflated claims, fanciful dreams, and outright lies will continue to come home to roost.
Along with decades and decades of debt and the drain on the general fund.
All aboard!

Anonymous said...

you guys need to go see the movie Sing Street tonight, it is so good. Seriously, it will transport you back to the 80s. When you see it on dvd in a number of months or whenever from now, you will remember that I told you to go see it in the theater. It is so good. AMC Barrywoods 24 , 8101 Roanridge Rd., Kansas City, MO 64151 3:25pm and 6:00pm

Anonymous said...

City Diner restaurant next door to bicycle shop is on the verge of closing. Every day at lunch time it is almost empty, no customers. primary patrons of this restaurant are cops, KCPL workers, etc. who stop in here for lunch. because there is no place to park, they have stopped coming here for lunch.

Anonymous said...

What if we had invested in modern articulated busses for the MAX lines? What if we had added a run or two an hour to those lines? What if we had made all Main MAX busses full City Market to Waldo instead of half them going only to the Plaza? What if we were testing Bridj all across the metro? Would the transit project have cost less? Would we be farther ahead?

The trolley appears undeniably popular, but primarily because it is free. What would bus ridership be like if it were all free? And why shouldn't we do that too, since hundreds of millions are supposedly available for expansion will-nilly?

What if we'd thought outside the hipster/ecodevo box?

Anonymous said...

2:21pm Cops rely on the handouts they get for killing people while claiming to be pro-life Christians. Awwwe. The hypocrisy of it all.

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO

SCHWINNNNNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, "reportedly," huh?

Well, so without any proof whatsoever then I have to accept the streetcar is surely to blame with that kind of convincing evidence!

There's another reason, of course, and it has nothing to do with your reviled streetcar line, but I am not to share it here.

Because, it's a fact that you're a shitheel for your pointless, groundless, spurious connections.

Anonymous said...

Other bike shops in area: 0

So that's a fallacious argument.

Reportedly, monkeys can fly!

But go ahead and believe your little destructive streetcar fantasy. Yes, it's something else. It's ALWAYS something else.

Anonymous said...

Instead of taxing small companies out of business so tourist can ride the trolley for free; why don’t they make the people that use the service, pay for the service? I think that is what they do with the bus service. Why should the streetcar be any different?

Anonymous said...

4:02 PM – Please share with us the names of the other bicycle shops in the Kansas City Downtown Transportation Development District.

Anonymous said...

The Take A Lawyer To Lunch Downtown Trolley

Bob said...

According to the streetcar whores, every new business within several blocks of the line is thanks to the streetcar, but every business that closes on the line itself has nothing to do with the streetcar. They are getting increasingly desperate as the rest of the city sees the streetcar line as the scam that it always was.

Anonymous said...

2:35pm. Don’t believe for a minute those ridership numbers that David Johnson throws around. He is lying. I live in River Market and see almost empty trolleys going by all day and all night. Remember they claim we have 24 million tourist a year visit KC. That is almost twice what Denver claims. Truth is not held in high regard in KCMO.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^This is patently false. Right now there are at least 2,000 people lined up to ride the choo choo. And trolley boy would never lie. And after this rain stops there will be rainbows and unicorns everywhere from River Market to Union Station.

Anonymous said...

No more free rides. Made the people that use the service, pay for it!

Anonymous said...

4:02 PM – Please share with us the names of the other bicycle shops in the Kansas City Downtown Transportation Development District.

He or she said zero.

Read much?

Idiocracy said...

7:19pm Google it on your smarphone, dumbass.

Anonymous said...

Could you be more specific as to what 7:19 is supposed to Google?

Anonymous said...

you're supposed to google nigger rape

get on it boy

Anonymous said...

It's because of the immigrants, dumbass.

Tony, you are zero. Except to your trolls.

Midtowner KC said...

Great bike store, but it really was more of a hobby not a real business for the guy. Maybe something better can take its place?

Anonymous said...

You guys need to get downtown right now! A streetcar just got sideswiped by a pickup and it knocked it on its side. Emergency crews are cutting people out with jaws of life and the whole system is shut down. It looks like someone must have died. 11th and Main

Anonymous said...

They are talking about other bicycle shops in the city. If I want the best deal on a bike, I don't care where it is in the city.

Anonymous said...

7:01: Up so early, trolley boy?

Anonymous said...

MidtownerKC must also know Jay. Bikes did well, but he had many other interests and for years been willing to sell the building should the right price come along. The streetcar, in fact, helped with that.

Ta-da!