Wednesday, July 13, 2016

TKC MUST READ!!! DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY FAILS TO ATTRACT NEW HIPSTERS!!!

So the next generation of hipsters aren't in a rush to enjoy new luxury lofts and other amenities that City Hall has gambled upon. Here's an important fact check followup certainly worth a click: Kansas City Losing Downtown Millennials

17 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Haven't you heard?
The latest trendy really really big new thing is to live on a farm growing organic vegetables and raising free range chickens.
Urban living, especially in small make-believe towns is as yesterday as land-line phones and mass transit.
You really have to get with this new program or risk being left behind.
Hope your city didn't blow too much debt on the last fad.
That would really be too bad.

Anonymous said...

Ponzi scheme. Thanks Cordish, thanks Sly.

Anonymous said...

No one wants to hire them because they are a liability. Companies are actually looking to retain older workers because they are reliable, self-motivated, and competent. Or we hire competent foreigners who are properly educated and lacked the fucked up attitude.

Anonymous said...

But they are building a 600 unit apartment building for these kids in the West Bottoms according to the star today. City Council already approved rezoning, taxpayer subsides negotiations are next up.

Anonymous said...

They are horribly maleducated and NOT technically savvy by any stretch. I hold multiple graduate degrees in tech and sciences and am a hiring manager. I tell them have you considered a career waiting tables?

Anonymous said...

"Add this to our recent finding that market values along the streetcar Transportation Development District are lower today than they were in 2012, and the city’s downtown policies aren’t looking so smart"


But lyin Dave sez property values are up.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I bet the weenies of Trolley Boy and the other downtown cheerleaders shriveled up when they read that article. For better or worse (depending how you look at it) KC is what it is and the mayor, hipsters, etc. should accept it or leave it.

Anonymous said...

It seems KC is good bucks for those in the medical industry, in some union jobs and a limited number of tech jobs, but it is no pace setting Utopia. There is also little reason for upward mobile workers to live downtown. It offers little. Successful workers are often required to be mobile an willing to move around the country to enhance earnings potential. I know KC likes to blow and go about how high tech it is, but compared to what for God's sake?

Anonymous said...

To answer your question, 10:54pm:
Compared to small rural mid-west towns where most of the urban density diversity transit cheerleaders have come from.
Spending the tax money of a small mid-west town whose residents have lots of actual needs from their local government, but whose elected officials have been snowed by the "don't be left behind" Koolaid. And the cheerleaders have no responsibility or accountability for much of anything.
The P&L District bonds will drain the general fund of $15-20 million/year until at least 2030.
Most of the TIF projects will never meet their financial requirements.
The FREE streetcar has already sucked millions from funds like PIAC, which are specifically established for such boring projects as street maintenance and repair.
The upgrade of the water/sewer systems required by the EPA will cost at least $2.5 billion and probably much more.
But there are "high-tech" kiosks in a mostly empty downtown along the streetcar route.
And in the next election you'll likely see a turnout of barely 10%.
By then Sly and the cheerleader squad will be long gone.
All that will be left is the debt.

Anonymous said...

Yet, downtown remain the hottest and fastest growing neighborhood in the entire metro, with rising rents, 98% occupancy, waiting lists for new units, and constant demand for more residential. Guess somebody wants to live there, like a lot of somebodies

Anonymous said...

10:54 KC has always lagged behind cities of similar size in Fortune 500 companies.

KCMO proper doesn't have a single company and the Kansas suburbs can claim only two. Garmin and Sprint have fallen off the list.

Anonymous said...

When you go from close to zero residents to even a few thousands, the percentages of growth look fabulous.
Downtown KCMO doesn't contain even a few percent of the 2.5 residents of the metro.
And if the occupancy rates and demand are so high, why do all the proposed "developments" still need taxpayer subsidies?
Please back away from the Koolaid punch bowl.

Anonymous said...

Sly spent $120 Million on the Toy Train, and then gave Cerner $1 billion to move to Hickman Mills....SMART!!

Where do you think those wage slaves are going to live...not Downrown!!

Anonymous said...

Was listening to a recent interview by Zak Burns on KMBZ and some guy from the ShoMe Institute, and even the ShoMe Institute doesn't see the presence of millenials as a factor of whether or a not a city is succeeding. Ultimately, people who pay taxes and constitute an actual resident base are who count. In addition, the ShoMe institute is right in that there comes a time when subsidies should end and a city should be able to step back and start reaping the rewards, much like how Rex Sinquefeld did when he went from being an orphan to becoming a multimillionaire who now owns 4 homes and has more money than what he knows what to do with.

However, KC isn't there yet and the momentum must continue until a real population density in the city is created, along with schools that people actually want to send their kids to, so that people won't move away to the burbs once they have kids. Having lived in Miami, Baltimore, and St. Louis, I have been surprised at how people in the KC metro actually have it pretty good over here and the rest of the country has no idea. I know I used to think KC was flyover country before I moved here. There's a lot of potential to make the city even better despite the problems that exist here.

Anonymous said...

"Is There A Downtown Housing Bubble???"

Still no. Only hype promulgated by 6:52 and his gang of 50 friends.

8:20: You have a good point about the schools. If KC could make its schools what they once were a mere 50 years ago families would have a reason to move out of the city. The choo choo and all the rest are just makeup on a dying pig.

Anonymous said...

Actually, that should be "no reason." Oops.

Anonymous said...

The best thing about Kansas City is that Chicago is an 8 hour drive.