Monday, January 07, 2019
UNFINISHED BIZ: KANSAS CITY STILL CONFRONTS DECISION ON MLK NAME CHANGE FOR THE PASEO!!!
The warm & fuzzy Christmas sentiments have passed and now, yet again, the question of an MLK name change for an iconic Kansas City street confront the City Council as election silly season looms.
A quick recap . . .
- Residents and a name change committee suggest the 63rd Street East To West alternative which has more grassroots support.
- The Revs promised a ballot initiative but backed down when questions over a funding mechanism became more pointed and supporters of The King Family don't like talking about royalties and naming rights they sell to cities across the nation. A measure brought forward by Councilman Lucas and sponsored by Council Lady Shields and Councilmen Barnes, Jr. and Taylor starts the process by taking $60K from the General Fund wherein all future expenses can be more easily hidden.
- New Gentry in Northeast seem to be opposing the effort with the fiercest opposition given that it threatens to impose a racial dividing line touted by the Revs in a neighborhood where new, expensive housing is making progress in transforming the urban community with upscale housing for young professionals.
The smart money is on a quick and dirty move by the Council to make this happen and keep moving forward into election season.
And so we ask . . .
WILL MLK RENAME VOTES INFLUENCE THE MAYOR'S RACE?!??!
Pun intended, but not in a mean way . . . Simply acknowledging that this old school issue of the bygone Civil Rights era still mires KCMO in a discussion of culture war politics whilst the rest of the world is fighting over the global marketplace impact that doesn't discriminate in its cruelty as much as small town politicos.
You decide . . .