Wednesday, December 13, 2017
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDER: WESTPORT WILL DIE WITHOUT PRIVATE STREETS!!!
The new Kansas City plan for street privatization is up for discussion today.
Our KICK-ASS blog community started the conversation on Monday with a FIRST LOOK at legislation and the push back from urban planners & activists.
Now public radio offers just a bit more insight that's worth a read:
KCUR: Desperate To Stop Gun Violence, Westport Pushes For Private Sidewalks
"Westport has seen a major uptick in gun violence this year. According to stats collected by the Westport Regional Business League, there were 16 gun-related weapons offenses in the district in 2016. In 2017, there were 65 — and that's only through Oct. 31. A Missouri law that took effect in January allows people to carry guns without a permit in nearly every public space, so there’s not much business owners or police can do to keep guns out. A coalition of Westport business owners are behind a proposal to privatize the sidewalks in entertainment district. That would allow them to ban guns in the district and screen for them on busy weekend nights. The proposal has drawn criticism from members of the city council and from several community organizations, who fear screening for guns could put other civil liberties at risk. But Kim Kimbrough, director of the Westport Regional Business League, says they’re out of other ideas. "We really don't have a Plan B, there isn't one . . ."
Better still . . .
There's a political angle to this debate . . .
REMEMBER THAT NOT SO LONG AGO WESTPORT BIZ OWNERS RAGED AGAINST COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS FOR BETRAYAL ON THE STREET PRIVATIZATION ISSUE!!!
Back then we noted that her flip-flip against biz owners set their cause back during a violent Autumn when help with security would have saved Midtown denizens a lot of heartache.
It gets worse, the predictions for Westport without this added security measure are dire . . .
KC Insider: "They don't want you to know this but a lot of places in Westport are already talking about packing it in. Some of them moving and some of them just working like a fortress in order to keep their customers safe. This is really the last stand for Westport. Without this, it's basically going the same way as Bannister Mall."
Just as TKC noted . . . The last straw was an off-duty cop killed in front of dozens of Westport party people. This horrific slaughter and so many more instances of violence served to influence public opinion far more that silly advocacy for hip-hop playlists.
And so, despite the protestations of activists, urban planners and politicos . . . Once again, another Kansas City entertainment district demonstrates that rampant development is useless if there's no security for patrons and residents.
Developing . . .