Saturday, December 22, 2018
THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CRIME HURT BUT KANSAS CITY DEVELOPERS KILLED WESTPORT!!!
Westport has lost its charm for most of its longtime denizens that maybe that's not a bad thing.
Things change and longtime favorite pubs depart whilst a new bevy of generic bar offerings emerges for this embattled party district. In the final analysis, all of these events could help locals find better alternatives than binge drinking, puking in public and possibly getting raped or beaten to death with very few people offering help.
More to the point, we're seeing a 2019 where the glory days of Westport are gone and the locale is dominated by corporate fare that has little connection to Kansas City people or traditions but instead pushes cheap booze and subpar appetizers on the NEXTGEN. Westport was always trashy but that was its charm. The new efforts to spruce up the place have all but destroyed any semblance of local appeal and have turned the place into just another local strip mall. Thankfully, this is no big loss.
Yes, crime was one of the biggest factors in pushing Westport over the edge and the latest tumult seems to be directly related to an off-duty cop shot to death among a crowd of hip-hop celebrants but the effort to move in luxury real estate and higher end living space also helped kill the appeal of local pubs offering fare that people can get anywhere else.
Now, what we're left with is a stomping ground where the NEXTGEN hooks up with some of the more dangerous denizens from surrounding neighborhoods as everybody waits for something horrible to happen around 3AM.
And so we offer this quick list of songs throughout the ages for a party place that peaked in the 90s like the practice of flipping speculative quasi-luxury real estate as the nation endures late capitalism.
Take a look and listen:
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.