Wednesday, December 26, 2018
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! $10-MILLION GIFT FOR KANSAS CITY 18TH & VINE JAZZ DISTRICT TAKEN FROM INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS!!!
East side political leaders brazenly support the always struggling 18th & Vine Jazz entertainment district over growing concern of urban core communities regarding basic infrastructure.
Today, Northeast News offers an important update on a topic that was dismissed by every media outlet in town because it inspires uncomfortable questions about policy priorities and leadership in one of the most economically challenged districts in KCMO.
Remember that we previewed the topic almost two weeks ago as this finale for 18th & Vine earns one of the biggest cash payments of a year that also included shoot outs, leadership turmoil and cutting questions about jazz junkets.
Accordingly . . .
18TH & VINE MIGHT AS WELL BURN ANOTHER $10-MILLION FROM CITY HALL BECAUSE THERE IS NO PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE STRUGGLING JAZZ DISTRICT AND MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE!!!
"Councilman Reed took it upon himself to sponsor City Ordinance No. 180825 that re-directs roughly $10,000,000 (that’s ten million dollars for you decimal point-impaired folks playing along at home) from citizen-directed and Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC)-approved infrastructure projects like sidewalks, street maintenance and street lights, and forwarding it to an entertainment district that has already been propped up by over $100 million in taxpayer subsidies over the last twenty or so years with little or no oversight.
"Reed’s ordinance was then approved unanimously by Council."
There's a lot of reasons why this work but weak and irresponsible public policy is the worst part and something that should concern voters first and foremost . . .
- Public input and information about jazz district spending is minimal.
- There is NO NEW PLAN to encourage sustainability.
- Violence inside the district worsened this year after a mass shooting debunked progressive hope for more tourism opportunities.
You decide . . .