Sunday, April 21, 2019
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDER: EAST SIDE VOTERS JOIN EFFORT TO SAVE THE PASEO!!!
There's a mistaken belief that the debate over MLK BLVD is a black vs. white issue and the effort to "Save The Paseo" is inherently racist.
TKC Sunday reality check . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDER & TKC READER REPORTS GROWING EAST SIDE SUPPORT FOR THE EFFORT TO SAVE THE PASEO AND CONTINUE DISCUSSION OVER THE PROPER PLACEMENT OF MLK BLVD!!!
Here's the word . . .
"It's not that anyone objects to MLK Blvd, they just don't like the how it was done. Neighbors along The Paseo were excluded from the discussion and recommendations from the KCMO naming committee were ignored. Just like voters from around the city, there are a lot of residents along The Paseo who see this as a political power play with very little concern for neighborhood residents."
Moreover . . .
The failure of the faith community leaders to deliver a vote they promised is seen as a moral lapse in leadership.
INSIDER: "The community can see that the 'Save The Paseo' petitioners are about to deliver on a promise to bring the vote to city council. Some of the members of the clergy made those same claims but then didn't deliver. That reflects poorly on their position."
A few takeaways . . .
- 3rd & 5th District residents have expressed support to "Save The Paseo" and this has surprised some MSM denizens who mistakenly view this as a black/white issue. Let's not forget that council lady Canady opened her office to Save The Paseo petitioners and spoke out on the topic some of her colleagues championed.
- A few members of the council WANT THIS ON THE BALLOT and think taking the debate to voters is the only way to solve it once and for all.
- Remember that placing the MLK Blvd sign is NOW MORE THAN 90% COMPLETE. So the signs MIGHT come down but a great deal of East Side support for this issue hinges on A CONTINUED DISCUSSION FOR AN MLK STREET in KCMO.
And so . . .
The contentious discussion over MLK tribute continues and the only real path to success seems to abandon petty racial politics and look at the issue through the lens of NEIGHBORHOOD considerations over political power moves in the ongoing struggle to realize the goals of an iconic faith leader who hoped his legacy would bring equality and peace.
Developing . . .