Saturday, September 30, 2017
HAS THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR RUINED KANSAS CITY RIVER MARKET???
Quick blog community question about the topic of style, entertainment and public subsidy for the early evening . . .
AMID TWO ICONIC RESTAURANT CLOSINGS NEAR THE KANSAS CITY RIVER MARKET - CRITICS BLAME THE STREETCAR FOR FOR KILLING LONGTIME LOCAL BIZ!!!
Checkit . . .
Café Al Dente is moving out amid rising rents but without an influx of new customers to sustain the biz that has endured heavy construction, street rearrangement and long-term neglect from City Hall over the years.
Winslow’s BBQ has been in the River Market for nearly half a century but will now shut down despite celebration of more River Market biz that didn't sustain the endeavor.
In the midst of all this, parking in the River Market has become a nightmare for longtime denizens and worsens with digital meters that tax local autos with even more efficiency.
WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT STREETCAR SUPPORTERS ATTACK ANY CONCERN ABOUT A WORSENING AND UNFRIENDLY RIVER MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR SMALL BIZ!!!
A cruel divisive litany of comments was directed against both Café Al Dente and those concerned about parking by those who enforce the City Hall narrative about the benefits of spiking rents and crowding residents for the benefit of a few developers.
And so, other than real estate propaganda and City Hall hype . . . The news we're seeing from the River Market is longtime merchants PUSHED OUT, a worsening environment drivers and the ongoing attempt to create and UPSCALE enclave that doesn't have much in common with Kansas City's history, the majority of the local residents or so many people who have worked to sustain this part of Kansas City for so long . . . Before the current wave or irrational exuberance and speculative real estate tyranny.
You decide . . .