TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! STREETCAR SURVEY SEYZ TOY TRAIN FAILS TO INCREASE BAR & RESTAURANT BIZ!!!
Better than rigged numbers by way of paid consultants and City Hall funded tourist officials, our AWESOME TKC BLOG COMMUNITY relies on people at the ground level who have experience and connections to controversial and important topics impacting Kansas City and what we hear back provides real world perspective on the reality of the toy train streetcar.
To wit . . .
IN AN EPIC CHAT WITH BIZ PEOPLE ALONG THE TOY TRAIN ROUTE . . . THIS KICK-ASS INSIDER FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF STREETCAR BENEFIT!!!
Remember that these locals were EXCEPTIONALLY HURT BY STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION and now the promise of a payoff has come up empty.
The highlights are mine, but here's the word . . .
Informal Survey of Streetcar Restaurants / Bars
Before you start harassing Tony about publishing the following missive, let me lay all my cards on the line. There is NOTHING scientific about this information. No written survey was tabulated. No phone bank was established and you'll not find a single scientist or statistician was involved
All I did was ask. Over the last few weeks I've asked bar and restaurant owners, or their managers, as well as the wait staff or hostesses when owners or managers were not available, one question. "Have you experienced increase in business since the Streetcar started rolling."
Now imagine my voice in a Richard Dawson British accent when I scream, "SURVEY SAYS".... followed by a loud buzzer and a big-fat-ZERO pops up on the board.
That's right, 100% of the folks surveyed said there has been NO INCREASE IN BUSINESS over the last several weeks. Mind you, a lot of these people have had high hopes since their businesses are on the line. Many were "holding-out" for the big windfall of making it through the two years of construction hell.
To be a bit more precise 100% also said that they did experience an increase in business when the Sly Express first started and for about 3 weeks to a month they did see an uptick. Unfortunately, the novelty of buses-on-wires has worn off. In their opinion, this massive economic development experiment has been a bust.
Perhaps before our rulers expand Sly's Vanity Railroad, we should check the gross sales receipt of his experiment. Pointing to the increase in construction along the line is a bit disingenuous, as those projects have already been bought and paid for by your tax-dollars and our city's open-pocketbook TIFF Commission.
You decide . . .