Wednesday, September 04, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ACTIVISTS DEMAND CITY HALL HELP SUPPLEMENT CROSSROADS INSURANCE & CONTINUE FIRST FRIDAY STREET PARTY!!!
After a deadly shooting that killed an innocent young woman, plans to drastically downsize First Friday in the Kansas City Crossroads have been met with nearly universal rebuke by local biz leaders, politicos and community activists.
The decision from the Crossroads Community Association is now under scrutiny and their claim that insurance cancellation caused the change has been challenged with a proposed fix.
To wit . . .
BEHIND THE SCENES, ACTIVISTS DEMAND COUNCIL DEVISE SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE FOR THE CROSSROADS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE FIRST FRIDAY STREET PARTY THAT PRODUCES REVENUE FOR FOOD TRUCKS, SHOPS AND ALL MANNER OF CREATIVE CLASS DENIZENS!!!
To be fair, let's not overlook a great many Crossroads residents who were relieved by the First Friday cutbacks.
Nevertheless, here's the KICK-ASS TKC INSIDER TIPSTER FIRST WORD on the power play in progress . . .
"I agree with the sentiment that we can't run and hide behind closed doors just because of a shooting. We need more security but also a commitment from our elected officials. If the Mayor & Council are serious about continuing their support of the Crossroads then we should talk about how to keep the scale of the event intact. One insurer has, allegedly, cancelled but there are others and KCMO needs to play an active role in securing the people of the Crossroads & the East Side in every respect -- That includes financial support for one of the best monthly festivals in the Midwest."
Here's the kicker . . .
"This is a diverse event and we can't afford for all of Kansas City to be scared away from it. City Hall must step in and if they refuse to do so, then we need to challenge their double talk about "support" without any real action to put their money where their mouth is . . . Attending a few press events is one thing but finding a way to keep the food trucks, restaurants, businesses and performers working should the real test of their commitment. There is a way to do that, KCMO needs to step up and help with insurance."
Most interesting . . .
MANY URBAN CORE LEADERS SEE KCMO SUPPLEMENTING FIRST FRIDAY INSURANCE AS PART OF THE CONTINUED EFFORT TO CONNECT THE EAST CROSSROADS TO THE 18TH & VINE DISTRICT!!!
Good luck to any politico or pundit who speaks up against this effort on the record. Right now we know that 12th & Oak wants to stay out of the First Friday drama and leave the decision/blame to the neighborhood leaders.
And so, given upcoming memorial services and the next First Friday festivities . . . We'll see politicos talk about their "support" for the Crossroads and now activists will be ready to press elected officials regarding real world steps to demonstrate dedication to this diverse party that has been tragically diminished.
Developing . . .