Thursday, June 29, 2017
Kansas City Mayor Sly James Style Over Substance?!?! Will Neighborhood Outreach Curb Homicide Spike 2017?!?!
Mayor Sly James spent yesterday afternoon knocking on doors and talking to South Kansas City about crime and killings on a nearby trail. This was a welcomed and brief respite from his ongoing development agenda that has consistently given legislative priority to the Downtown Hotel, The Streetcar Extension And The New Single-Terminal Airport -- All items that have the weight of ordinances backing them up whilst yesterday's stroll was only backed by TV news cameras.
But rather than rage on City Hall legislation that very few people understand . . . Let's put the question to our blog community . . .
GIVEN CITY HALL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA PRIORITIES: IS MAYOR SLY'S STROLL AGAINST CRIME JUST ANOTHER PUBLICITY STUNT OR WILL IT HELP CURB SO MANY LOCAL KILLINGS???
The afternoon anti-crime walk raises more questions than answers . . . Is this the new plan? How will it help? And is public info about crime valuable without legislative action to back it up???
To be fair, a recent park curfew signals some effort to take a spate of local murders seriously but it seems that the measure was mostly window-dressing aimed at hassling hobos in front of City Hall not the Southland.
And the reality is that the real debate this week is about the airport and everything else is just a warm up to a battle over BILLIONS worth of revenue.
Check the links:
Fox4: Mayor and police chief walk the beat to get south KC neighborhood feedback on fighting crime
KMBC: City leaders walk door-to-door to discuss crime near the Indian Creek Trail
WDAF: City leaders address Indian Creek Trail worries with area residents
You decide . . .