Saturday, May 13, 2017
TKC SATURDAY QUESTION: HAVE MAYOR SLY'S PET PROJECTS STOLEN FOCUS AWAY FROM KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SAFETY?!?!
Kansas City's crime wave claimed two more lives yesterday and a shooting last night starts off this violent weekend.
We talked about the tragic fate of KC comic book legend Jim Cavanaugh and noted the local toddler gunned down yesterday.
Meanwhile, Kansas City Mayor Sly James expended most of his energy this week promoting pricey projects for the developer class.
Examples . . .
City Hall touts the proposed Downtown Convention Hotel as the "missing piece" for Kansas City success but the efforts of Mayor James on this front have been myopic and mostly focused inside the loop while so many other areas of Kansas City are neglected.
While the Mayor touts the plan for his pal Mike Burke . . . He opposed more direct economic development initiatives along Prospect. Uniting the Crossroads with the 18th & Vine District in a sketchy and cheapskate plan is the closest the Mayor has come to any kind of real initiative to improve the 3rd District over the past few years.
This week . . .
TKC OFFICIALLY DUBS MAYOR SLY'S SINGLE-TERMINAL SCHEME: THE NO-BID NEW AIRPORT!!!
This horrific example of crony capitalism crashed and burned before takeoff and the Mayor will struggle to get the votes he needs to move forward.
And finally . . .
THE STREETCAR EXTENSION WON'T STOP THE DEADLY MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY CRIME SPREE!!!
And here's one of many ways all of this applies to police and public safety . . .
Witnesses called 911 and were left on hold for 17 minutes trying to get through to the dispatcher.
Worse than tech problems . . .
THE NUMBER OF POLICE ON KANSAS CITY STREETS IS AT A TEN YEAR LOW WHILST HOMICIDES SPIKE!!!
Over the past few months crime in Hyde Park has raged out of control, violent teen flash mobs have taken to Midtown Streets and the area around Clint's Comic Books can get exceptionally dangerous during high tide rush hour traffic times and into the night.
In conclusion . . .
None of the arguments about pet projects vs. public safety should be met with fatalism or frustration, instead this is an opportunity to reach out to the Mayor and urge him to refocus his attention to far more pressing problems confronting Kansas City residents given that lawyers, consultants, developers and corporations can take care of themselves while neighborhoods clearly need help confronting a local crime wave that is growing worse.