Thursday, January 24, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! COUNCIL APPROVES MLK RENAME FOR THE PASEO!!! KANSAS CITY REVS CELEBRATE BLVD VICTORY AFTER YEAR-LONG FIGHT!!!
Today, without a public vote that was promised and despite increasing resistance from Northeast neighbors, the Council pushed through a historic decision to honor an iconic Civil Rights leader. Now Kansas City joins most big American cities with a street dedicated to honoring MLK.
In an 8-4 vote, Kansas City Council Members Approved A Rename The Paseo To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
And so the Paseo now passes into history.
A few things to consider . . .
- Councilman Lucas owns this ordinance. It has the potential to win a great deal of support inside the 3rd District and among the progressive denizens of the corridor. But also just created a voting block against in among Northeast residents.
- We'll find out later about THE LICENSING AND NAMING RIGHTS FEE THAT OUR BLOG COMMUNITY REPORTED FIRST. Other cities have paid hundreds of thousands year after year for the privilege of doing biz with the King family and the KCMO price-tag could rank among the highest.
- This move was really a response to demographic changes inside the urban core as more middle-class white people push into the East side in an effort to develop property . . . In the final analysis, the name change might not change economic reality or do much to protect fading KCMO fiefdoms established during the long ago Civil Rights era.
MSM news links AFTER TKC:
Northeast News: Kansas City council members vote to change The Paseo in honor of MLK
KMBC: Push to rename The Paseo came after a petition drive started by local ministers.
KSHB: The move comes after a committee appointed by Mayor Sly James came up with a list of options to recognize King, which included naming the new Kansas City International Airport Single Terminal, renaming 63rd Street or renaming Paseo Boulevard.
KCUR:The city charter requires the support of a majority of residents who live there, and Canady is concerned the city might have opened itself up to legal action.
KCTV5: At least 51 people, clergy members, and community activists showed up at city hall to support renaming The Paseo.
Fox4: In the fall, Councilman Quinton Lucas introduced an ordinance to rename The Paseo to “Martin Luther King Jr. on the Paseo.” Since the ordinance’s introduction, a vote has been delayed five times.
Developing . . .