Thursday, December 20, 2018
SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY FAILED TO DECIDE MLK STREET RENAME ON THE PASEO DESPITE DEBATE THROUGHOUT 2018!!!
One year of discussions and meetings have been wasted amid often contentious debate over the simple idea of honoring Civil Rights era icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Kansas City street named in his honor.
To wit . . .
CITY COUNCIL DECIDED TO CONTINUE THE PASEO KCMO MLK RENAME DEBATE INTO 2019 WITH NO DECISION IN THIS AFTERNOON'S LAST 2018 SESSION!!!
Perspective . . .
- The Revs and a small cadre of activists brought the issue to the forefront with what is really an effort to create another racial dividing line to bolster their own fiefdoms in the urban core. Even on the East Side there is not total unanimity for The Paseo rename crusade despite the ability of this group to organize a decent sized protest for TV news cameras.
- The MLK Advisory Group represented progress on the issue. While the airport rename idea was a false start - The 63rd St. proposal has a broader coalition of support and isn't nearly as politicized as The Paseo initiative.
- The Revs & Co. reject the 63rd street alternative, in theory, because there's no measure to guarantee upkeep like the much nicer KCMO Blvd System that is cleaned up by Parks & Rec. However, their effort to force a vote has stalled because the lack of a funding mechanism and the group's unwillingness to make the finances of a ballot initiative public.
And so . .
KANSAS CITY WASTED 2018 ARGUING ABOUT AN MLK STREET INSTEAD OF UNITING TO FULFILL THE CIVIL RIGHTS LEGACY WHICH MOST RESIDENTS GENERALLY SUPPORT ON 63RD STREET - A PATH THAT WOULD CONNECT THE CITY INSTEAD OF CREATE MORE DIVISION!!!
Sadly, there wasn't any bold leadership from elected leaders on this front while the community discussion did result in a 63rd Street recommendation that brought reason to the otherwise turbulent culture war slap fight.
Check today's report and round-up links:
KCTV5: Council meets to honor Dr. King's legacy by potential street name change
Vice: People can’t decide which side of town Kansas City’s MLK Jr. Blvd should be on
KCUR: Debate Over How To Honor MLK In Kansas City 'Surprisingly Controversial'
Developing . . .