Monday, November 13, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! URBAN PLANNERS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS RALLY AGAINST WESTPORT STREET PRIVATIZATION!!!
The fate of Kansas City's oldest party district is now a concern among urban activists of all sorts.
To wit . . .
BEHIND THE SCENES THERE'S A GROWING MOVEMENT AGAINST WESTPORT STREET PRIVATIZATION THAT'S GARNERING MOMENTUM AMONG ACTIVISTS AND URBAN PLANNERS!!!
Confirmation . . . A recent letter writing campaign forwarded to the KCMO City Plan Commission urges the City Council to keep Westport streets away from private biz control.
Recent updates to the privatization proposal have also garnered the interest of urban planners who worry about bar biz encroaching on resident right of way access . . .
More interestingly . . .
ACTIVISTS CALL THIS MOVEMENT "THE WESTPORT VACATION" AND HAVE STARTED TO FIND COMMON GROUND WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS AGAINST STREET PRIVATIZATION!!!
Translation . . . Progressives with different interests are teaming up on this crusade in order to protect imaginary "hip-hop clientele" and other manifestations of identity politics. Eventually, this argument is on a course to call even more people racist amid declining profits and less public interest in this part of town.
On the other side of this sordid story, a cop killed over the Summer and violence throughout 2017 in Westport have heated up the discussion.
In fairness . . .
INSIDERS CONTEND THAT WESTPORT BIZ IS COMPLETELY UNITED IN DEMANDING STREET PRIVATIZATION AS A SOLUTION TO GROWING CRIME IN THIS EMBATTLED PARTY DISTRICT!!!
A quick glimpse at their argument . . .
And so, the fight for Westport continues only this time it's a beef among biz vs. progressive idealists instead of just the commonplace Midtown weekend shootout . . .
The Westport street vacation is on hold until next hearing on 11/29.
Developing . . .