Saturday, July 08, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! LOCAL CORPORATE AGENDA WON'T STOP SLAUGHTER IN KANSAS CITY KILLING FIELDS!!!
Right now it's important to share some of the most THOUGHTFUL, WELL-REASONED AND IMPORTANT writing sent to our blog community as of late.
Here's the word backed up by public information . . .
THE KANSAS CITY KILLING FIELDS
After reviewing the data that is available, we can say that since 1969, a KCMO annual homicide count below 100 victims is the exception to the rule. KCMO is a very violent place, and has been for years, continually ranking among the more violent municipalities in the nation. This is not a "world-class" distinction that civic cheerleaders harp upon.
Now, in regards to ongoing efforts to reinvigorate the KCMO Downtown district with heavily subsidized taxpayer assistance, isn't it a classic case of putting the cart before the horse? If KCMO was safe, with good basic infrastructure, schools, and an unoppressive tax structure, residents would be drawn to repopulate the downtown. Instead, the current regime dangles carrot incentives before developers to reward short-term planning while simultaneously increasing the stress upon the working-class residents who've persevered in the area for years.
The KC business community leaders and broad middle-class will not live in many parts of KCMO due to the crime and poor schools. You can subsidize as many luxury high-rise towers, entertainment districts, and ToyTrains as you want, they're not going to be conned into moving into KCMO. They'll come and partake in the amenities, during daylight hours, but then it's back in their cars and back to safe suburbia. The business community and local media will pay lip service to revitalizing KCMO, but just look at where they choose to live. They are beneficiaries of KCMO's dysfunction. Burns and McDonnell's leadership team lives in Lee's Summit and Kansas. The Dunn family of J.E. Dunn Construction even includes a long-time Mayor of Leawood. Most of KC's "society" families are actually Kansas residents. People generally hate to ascribe negative traits to themselves, but as long as you're not in the killing zone, isn't it easy to blame "those people" for remaining in the line of fire?
Mayor James says that KC businesses won't build on the East-side, period! Meanwhile, KCMO won't tear down abandoned dilapidated structures on the East-side. Sounds like a coordinated plan for dysfunctional stagnation, doesn't it?
"Things are the way they are......because that's the way they are. If enough people wanted it to be different, it would be."
You decide . . .