Tuesday, December 05, 2017
TKC TUESDAY QUESTION!!! AFTER TRAGIC MIDTOWN KILLING: IS IT SUICIDE FOR WHITE DUDES TO WALK HOME AFTER DARK IN KANSAS CITY MAIN STREET CORRIDOR?!?!
The Midtown Kansas City murder of Zachary Pearce proves to be a tragic holiday season homicide but it's just one of many acts of violence in this embattled section of Kansas City.
More than a couple of TKC readers have been robbed and assaulted in this part of town and the pattern is the same: White dudes who think they'll be okay walking through this neighborhood at night. Don't get TKC motives twisted, this post is penned as both a question and a word of warning for some of our friends whom we would like to keep safe.
Over the past few years, crime along this swath of land has spiked as violent teen flash mobs are all grown up, have been pushed away from The Plaza and desperate hobos stalk this stretch of land.
Real talk . . . When the sun goes down, other than a few bars and The Starbucks . . . Night life along the Kansas City Main Street corridor is a sketchy proposition.
Still and in fairness, the rents in surrounding neighborhoods are cheap and this neighborhood has proven to be a vibrant place for young people attending the Kansas City Art Institute & UMKC - As long as they aren't unfortunate in stumbling upon some of the more dangerous denizens of this part of town.
TKC reality check: Amid hype surrounding the rise of the Kansas City creative-class and so many development schemes there's a dangerous dismissal of deadly crime newbie targeting denizens of urban core neighborhoods. This latest local murder speaks to a deadly culture clash in the midst of rampant gentrification and real estate gamesmanship.
TKC REAL TALK: DESPITE THE SCHEMES OF DEVELOPERS: IS IT SUICIDE FOR WHITE GUYS TO WALK AROUND AT NIGHT IN THE MAIN STREET CORRIDOR???
Brief aside, women usually know better than to take this kind of risk and, per ushe, the news doesn't really care when minorities kill one another . . .
Still, as we noted, young dudes have been misled about the dangers of this part of town because real concern about crime in Kansas City is contrary to so much development speculation that powers the local discourse.
Check the links . . .
Fox4: Heartbroken friends, family pay tribute to innocent 24-year-old robbed, murdered outside his apartment
KSHB: Police ID man killed in robbery after leaving Westport
KMBC: Man robbed, murdered while walking in Midtown KC - family is calling for justice
You decide . . .