Sunday, January 21, 2018

TKC SUNDAY MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY GENTRIFICATION CONVERSATION GROWS LOUDER AMID ONGOING CITY HALL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA!!!



Tonight we offer a look at a growing number of locals discussing the impact of civic policy geared toward speculative economic development above all else.

Accordingly . . .

TKC SUNDAY NIGHT CONTEMPLATION!!! CHECK THIS UPCOMING KANSAS CITY BOOK CLUB CHAT TRENDING AMONG LOCALS DEMANDING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF GENTRIFICATION!!!

Like it or not, hundreds of locals talking about development policy might not be a good sign as politicos are soon to go back to voters for more funding and bonds to boost the prospects of luxury condos and development districts.

Take a look:

How to Kill a City - Midtown

Hosted by SURJ KC - Showing Up for Racial Justice, Kansas City

What is gentrification? Why does it happen? Read “How to Kill a City” by Peter Moskowitz (Nation Books, 2017) and come ready to discuss how the gentrification narratives detailed in the book connect to our own neighborhood experience here in KC. Ultimately we will look to develop action steps to take on gentrifying forces, including those we are complicit in, wherever we live. Due to limited library copies and hardcover prices, please try to share the book. If you are able, buy multiple copies and distribute in your own network or let us know you have extra so we can help all who want to read this book get their hands on it. See you there!

This book study is located in Midtown KCMO. We have 2 additional book studies in Mission, KS and Northeast KCMO.
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You decide . . .

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad people still read books.

KC is a great example of how to kill a city. But it's not about gentrification, it's about how they chase away business or make it so hard for people to earn a living.

Jameson said...

Just what Kc needs. Another griping session.

Anonymous said...

The E-tax killed Kansas City.

It has limited business, reduced revenue and chased away opportunity. Maybe more people should read up on THAT!

Anonymous said...

Build a REAL transit system to the airport and going east and this city will grow for ALL residents. Anything less is just a toy for the upper class.

Anonymous said...

How to SHIT your DEPENDS!!!! Now there's a book that would be popular around here!!!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree that the e-tax plays a large part. Our company is located in OPKS, with a geographically diverse workforce. When it came time to choose a new office location, we seriously considered KCMO as it would be more convenient for much of our workforce and other considerations made MO a viable option. We quickly decided against KCMO due to the e-tax and the equivalent 1% deduction in pay it would impose on our employees.

Anonymous said...

Are there any chapters on shitting your DIAPER for fun and profit??? That would be worth some solid contemplation.

Anonymous said...

9:11 does your company make adult diapers? If not, why are you so concerned?

Anonymous said...

I think you can improve neighborhoods without destroying them. There is room for affordable housing and new development. Other cities are doing it but in Downtown and Crossroads there are simply too many people trying to make a quick buck.

Ms. Allen said...

KC has been destroying neighborhoods for years with their policies. I'm glad people are interested about learning the history because for many citizens it is far too late. KCMo has already destroyed their homes.

Tracy Thomas said...

only 9% of students in KCMO are white.
That killed KC.
Because if parents must pay $12000 to $20000 a year to send their kid to private school, well, that's alot bigger lug than the Etax.
Multiply that by 18 years, it's a huge cost.

Sure, the people are more boring in Joco. And the housing
design, same deal. Lenexa Beige rules. So when I am "on the Missouri side", I appreciate the architectural variety. Especially love Hyde Park.

But had to dodge potholes to get there today. What was that 123GO Bond tax for???

So I'll say this to 8:49--I agree the E-tax was a "factor", I'll admit that. But the failure of the schools, the lack of street maintenance, the crime, has driven so many people away that housing appreciation is MUCH lower in KCMO than in Johnson County. Just a better investment...

KCMO. A great place to visit, except Fri or Sat. nite in Westport or the Plaza.

Good places abounded in KCMO for KC Restaurant Week, since it's too freezing for the urban yutes to be out shooting folk in January.

I do come over to shop at Costco and get cheap gas. But when they raise the gas tax, I won't be doing that any more.

When it comes to gentrification, if there wasn't any, then KCMO would just be Detroit. And white people do not ride mass transit, 8:55, and you know it. Stop channeling your inner Clay Chastain!

The real issue isn't gentrification, it's Developer Subsidy and demand for CIDs. Read my post on www.jocopost.com. You're all being played by developers and developer/attorneys. Fear tactics.

Anonymous said...

Tracy a lot of what you wrote was really racist, very divisive and very disappointing. I had hoped that you weren't a wacko because you have written some very smart things that Tony has highlighted but I see that hope was misplaced.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind spending money to give my (White) kid a good education.
See I'm one of those parents that care about my kids. So I give up the drugs, alcohol, fancy wheels, coffee makers, and the host of other excuses to pay for my kid's education.

Anonymous said...

Tracy Thomas pretty much hits a home run with her comments. Nothing about her comments are racist, just factual.

Mandi said...

I'm surprised that anybody in KC reads anymore.

This might be the most encouraging post of the week.

Anonymous said...

Urban planners are like men's ties...they just get wider or narrower, but not much ever changes.
And keep in mind that these folks earn their livings selling books and being on the paid lecture circuit, so they need something "new" and exciting every now and then to keep the income flowing.
It wasn't long ago that Richard Florida was everywhere selling the idea that dense, diverse, vibrant urban areas would attract the millenial creative class and nirvanas would appear around the country. Sly and the gang bought that idea hook, line, and sinker.
Now even Florida is selling the idea that his previous ideas are causing great damage to neighborhoods of the kind described in this book, so local governments should STOP all that tax abatement, subsidizing, and spending and reverse course.
Of course, the reality is that most of the pursuit of the original idea has been funded by long-term debt, which will now paralyze cities from being able to invest in services the residents they really need and want.
Safer communities come to mind.
Chasing fads with decades of debt is a very bad idea.

Anonymous said...

Tracy has a lucid moment once in awhile, bless her little heart.

Anonymous said...

Read my post WTF ?

Anonymous said...

Whatever it takes to get the hoodrats out of the city.

Anonymous said...

House to house neighborhood sweeps for drugs and guns is the only way to save the east side.