Wednesday, June 26, 2019
TKC FACT CHECK: KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR LINE CAN'T SUPPORT KALDI & MORE THAN A DOZEN COFFEE SHOPS!!!
Here's a tragic Downtown Kansas City fact gleaned from a developer blog that needs to be put into context . . .
"Kaldi’s Coffee is closing its location at 12th and Main in the KC Power & Light District this Friday . . . A note on the door to patrons reads that it was a “pleasure serving downtown Kansas City the past six years.”
A few insights . . .
This location is at the nexus of the streetcar line. The coffee shop was flanked by a taxpayer subsidized grocery store, a movie theater and an EPIC party place.
A biz CANNOT expect any more help than this but the coffee shop couldn't cut it. To be fair, they worked banker's hours and prize making a decent and very fancy cup over speed. People in KC need their caffeine fix quickly if nothing else.
What biz will replace it??? Another coffee shop is a nice fit given that this spot is perfect for cowtown poseurs.
Nevertheless . . .
COUNT THIS COFFEE SHOP CLOSURE AS A MAJOR INDICTMENT OF KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR LINE ECONOMIC PROMISES GIVEN THE PRIME LOCATION STILL COULDN'T BOLSTER HIPSTERS SELLING FINELY CRAFTED BEANS!!!
Again, we want to be fair and it's important to note there are no less than a dozen coffee shops that remain within walking distance of the streetcar in addition to the nearly free swill available at most offices. The "coffee scene" in KC isn't percolating, it's nothing more than a glut of overpriced sludge that isn't nearly as good and is far more expensive than gas station fare or a Starbucks trip every now and then.
And so the myth of an economic boom inside the downtown loop persists and the higher taxes are VERY REAL whilst the financial benefits are difficult to quantify and economic incentive hype is now harder to swallow than most upscale hipster barista concoctions. Ewwwww.
Developing . . .