TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION: IS LEE'S SUMMIT THE NEW RAYTOWN OF INCREASINGLY VIOLENT KANSAS CITY INNER SUBURBS?!?!
Bedroom communities in the Kansas City metro have long been founded on fear and loathing of urban life that invariably follows suburbanites to a short-lived paradise.
Put simply . . . Even the very best local suburbs have been unable to outrun Kansas City crime.
Accordingly, let's look at the rather unique plight of a place known as "Sleaze Scummit" to colorful locals who resent the attempt to escape KCMO and live amongst lookalike housing and strip-mall culture.
To wit . . .
LIKE IT OR NOT, NEWS THIS WEEK CONFIRMS LEE'S SUMMIT IS HOME TO ALL THE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THAT SUBURBANITES MOVED TO THE MIDDLE-OF-NOWHERE TO AVOID!!!
The latest example . . . A killing reported just moments ago:
Man dies after being shot at house party in Lee's Summit
But let's take it one step further and invoke the theory that homicide is merely a function of social unrest.
This week, a political fight betwixt Lee's Summit council members dominated headlines and displayed a shocking lack of stability in the political establishment governing this growing community:
Lee's Summit councilwoman's business dealings come under fire
And don't forget . . .
Just last year there was a HORRIFIC crime in this community that not only shocked the metro but resonated throughout the world:
Teens 'stabbed mother to death before taking corpse for joyride'
Sad but true, driving around with the dead body of an innocent woman mercilessly killed reveals changing times for this enclave.
And so, the Raytown comparison comes to mind because way, way back . . . Longtime locals might remember Raytown as a boom town that promised affordable housing for the working class along with the convenience of a consumer paradise. A crime wave in the late 80s and early 90s not only destroyed that dream but also tanked property values.
This time around . . . Lee's Summit surged to local prominence as a middle-to-upper-class community of professionals and their McMansions dedicated to the good life despite great expense when it comes to the costs associated with commuting and scheduling life around Royals & Chiefs games.
Still . . . More crime, political instability and horrific attacks should give locals something to think about and the realization that the highly leveraged good life promised on the outskirts of town can change and lose its value just as quickly as any urban core neighborhood.
Developing . . .