Thursday, June 06, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! READERS TALK 'SAVE THE PASEO' PETITION WHILST COUNCIL CONFRONT KANSAS CITY POLITICAL THREATS IN APPROVING BALLOT ISSUE!!!
Last week was asked our blog community for their insight and opinions on the current name game debate betwixt "Save The Paseo" activists vs. supporters of newly named MLK Blvd.
Right now . . .
BEHIND THE SCENES KANSAS CITY SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE DISCOURAGING COUNCIL FROM PUTTING THE 'SAVE THE PASEO' PETITION ON THE BALLOT!!!
Not just East Side leaders but local biz people are begging this council to punt on the issue and continue to delay the decision. Just as well-informed TKC readers predicted, concerns about legality and the "optics" of removing the MLK name are among the chief concerns.
Whilst Council deliberates, as promised, we're featuring some of the best comments from our TKC EXCLUSIVE discussion regarding local opinion on the election issue . . .
Super Dave starts us off . . .
"Yes, let the people decide as a whole and not the special interest groups."
A statement echoed throughout Northeast . . .
"The Paseo name is part of KC heritage and should not be discarded."
Lingering questions about legality . . .
"This is an illegal petition. Should not be considered. Must be first referred to the Parks Board."
TKC Reader Phil offers an informed perspective . . .
Let's start with legality of the Council's actions. The Counsel ordinance was perfectly legal because the Counsel has the power – as part of the MLK ordinance – to override any existing ordinance requiring the signatures of residents to rename a street. But if you really care about the city of Kansas City you should ask yourself this question: How will it look across the nation and across the world if Kansas City Missouri were to be the first city ever to hold an election to attempt to remove Dr. King's name from a place of honor?
Finally, a bit of pragmatism:
The "we can't take the MLK name away" is a red herring. Just rename another street like 63rd. The Paseo should remain.
Update: It's on the ballot!!!
Developing . . .