Friday, September 06, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE CROSSROADS QUESTION: WILL KANSAS CITY FIRST FRIDAY FAIL OR THRIVE WITHOUT STREET PARTY?!?!
The fate of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of downtown Kansas City investment is quite literally at a crossroads tonight.
Last month an innocent women was tragically killed by gunfire during a fight among an unruly mob.
In the aftermath, the Crossroads District lost its insurance and was subsequently unable to maintain a street festival which had become a signature Midwest event highlighting the ascendance of an elite neighborhood.
Now, local leaders continue to mourn the young life cut short and walk a political tightrope begging people to partake in a boring display of mediocre art and snobby hipster fare.
The reality is that lowriders & drifter car burnout antics, hip-hop streets performers, all manner of questionable street vendors and food trucks entertained the EPIC crowd far more than anything related to Crossroads art and condo snobbery.
Nevertheless, tonight the streets won't be blocked and more police will be in action to keep traffic moving and monitor potential trouble. All the while KCPD officials remind the public that Donwtown is still "relatively" safe despite recent murders.
And so we ask . . .
IS DOWNSIZED FIRST FRIDAY DETRIMENTAL TO THE GROWTH AND FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY OR A BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR THE CROSSROADS?!?
Given that social media is merely a platform for partisan vendettas, TKC is the only place wherein progressives won't seek to get readers fired for speaking their minds. Longtime Crossroads residents seem happy about the change despite the tragic circumstances. Meanwhile, street merchants and activists of the "East Crossroads" are politicking to keep the scale of the event intact.
We look to our blog community for thoughtful consideration of the dilemma and a reality check for the evolution of a highly touted Kansas City visitor festival.
Check the links:
Informality Blog: "The August shooting could have happened anywhere. Kansas City has a problem with gun violence and this tragic event is one among many that plague our city."
KSHB: Artists, gallery owners celebrate return to 'foundation' of First Fridays
KCUR: After Fatal Shooting, A Quieter First Friday In The Crossroads Might Be A Permanent Change
KMBC: Downtown church to honor life of woman killed at First Fridays
You decide . . .