Saturday, August 31, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! INSIDER: KANSAS CITY STREETCAR PARTY BROUGHT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION TO CROSSROADS!!! KEEP TOY TRAIN OUT OF MIDTOWN & PLAZA!!!
In the blame game following the horrific killing of an innocent young woman in the Crossroads, this Summer . . . Amid recent changes and social media hateration, one culprit has been excluded despite a close connection to the party vibe that facilitated the good times and ensuing gunfire.
To wit . . .
MANY NEIGHBORHOOD INSIDERS BLAME TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PLANNERS FOR ENCOURAGING A RECKLESS, DRUNKEN PARTY WITHOUT MUCH REGARD FOR NEIGHBORHOOD IMPACT!!!
Even downtown advocates admit that First Friday had been building to a deadly crescendo with help from streetcar advocates.
Here's a relevant passage from a sponsored contend downtown booster outfit that offers a hint of the worsening chaos:
“We started hearing about experiences being shared by employees getting off work and being hassled going to their cars at 11 or 12 at night,” she said, adding there were complaints of loud music and open drinking on the sidewalks.
"At meeting hosted by the Crossroads Community Association a week ago, about 150 people broke into 10 groups and were asked to make suggestions about the future of First Fridays.
“Many of them wanted to return to art,” Aron said. “They didn’t want a drunken street party, that was the biggest theme.
“It was a response to the whole thing getting out of control, there was no way to monitor it all.”
The association leaders also said their organization had not received the support they would have liked from the city.
Laws against open drinking weren’t being enforced and the police department was not engaged helping with security.
A naive and silly hope . . .
“What’s different now is the streetcar has helped people earn more money and maybe they can use some it for the improvement district,”
Sadly, the ignorance about drunken free-for-all party culture continues from City Hall . . . A recent screed suggests . . .
But Kansas City is going to have to find a way to keep First Fridays going at full strength, because to do otherwise is to let shooters write the script and let stray bullets keep us at home.
In an interview, Lucas said the response to this tragedy and others cannot be, “Oh heck, a kid brought a gun, so let’s shut it down and make the difference even more stark” between life in urban and suburban neighborhoods.
First Fridays in the Crossroads, he said, are one of the few places and times that Kansas Citians — of all ages, races and income groups — enjoy together. “We need to think about how do we spend more time together, not less. We need to make sure we have security, but you have to keep community events going.”
Our TKC retort . . .
ASKING PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO PARTY AGAINST THE THREAT OF DEADLY GUNFIRE IS THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE HACK WRITING WE'VE EVER SEEN FROM THE KANSAS CITY STAR AND ONE OF THE FIRST INDICATIONS MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS IS CLUELESS ABOUT DEADLY KANSAS CITY STOPPING VIOLENCE!!!
Thankfully, a friend of the blog and a Kansas City Insider sent us this note that offers a bit of reason and perspective . . .
Here's the word:
"After the fatal gunfire in the Crossroads, we must look at the role of poor planning and the complete disregard for public safety from our civic, business and elected leaders. The pattern is consistent and it's obvious that KCMO's "brain trust" doesn't have any real concern for how their developments impacts neighborhood and residents.
A beautiful, innocent woman had to die before they did anything and even then there's a call to keep the party going for the sake of "momentum" and downtown development.
As a resident of the Plaza I'm warning my neighbors that we must be ready to challenge the faulty premise that the streetcar brings unlimited prosperity. That's an economic theory, when in reality what we've seen is that the streetcar brings a some unsavory characters into otherwise peaceful communities and creates a free-for-all environment that's more focused on night life and street parties rather than homeowners and workers.
BE WARNED. Even in the face of a murder the advocates of the streetcar and rampant development won't back down. They don't care how many people are killed or what circumstances affect our community. They're here to push the idea of "momentum" and "equity" without any opposition, reason or responsibility."
You decide . . .