Saturday, September 07, 2019
TKC READER Q & A AFTER KANSAS CITY ABANDONED CROSSROADS LAST NIGHT: FIRST FRIDAY FOREVER RUINED?!?!
Politics and developer excuses don't provide much comfort the morning after a tourist commerce disaster that's the result of a tragic murder.
To wit . . .
LAST NIGHT KANSAS CITY ABANDONED FIRST FRIDAY IN THE CROSSROADS AFTER A DEADLY SHOOTING KILLED AN INNOCENT WOMAN LAST MONTH AND THE STREET PARTY CRACKDOWN ENSUED!!!
Moreover . . .
JUST WAS WE PREDICTED: NOBODY CARES ABOUT ART AND THE STREET FESTIVAL & FOOD TRUCK SHUT DOWN CHASED AWAY THE VAST MAJORITY OF PATRONS!!!
We reported that only about 1/3rd of the typical crowd remained BUT more skeptical readers have sent word our way claiming that the damage was far worse. Possibly a crowd less than 1/4th the size of the usual gatherings.
Last one just for good measure . . . We must ask:
HAS DEADLY GUNFIRE FOREVER RUINED FIRST FRIDAY IN THE CROSSROADS?!?
The preliminary results seem to suggest as much.
But here's what our most dedicated readers had to say about it:
Slevin says ...
"You can't really blame people for staying away from a murder scene. But the people who did venture appreciate the experience far more. What we need to watch is if the businesses can still earn a profit, after all it's hard taking away their biggest night of the month and cutting it down so dramatically. Honestly don't know if we want KCMO getting involved. That was why the event got so out of control in the first place."
GKCA talks tribute . . .
"The decline in attendance is probably the best thing that could have happened after such a horrible tragedy. The focus should be on healing for her family and friends and in the future I hope we take public safety more seriously."
Recommendation from KC Guy:
"There were fewer people but that is to be expected, I think we need to see if the mayor & council will pay up for the higher insurance and if the food trucks will be allowed back. That will help the event somewhat and I think the future is a smaller & more closely connected neighborhood event. That is not a bad thing. "
Big picture and party alternatives . . .
"First Friday started as an arts event for the actual artists and galleries in the Crossroads. They lost control, it became a mob scene, and bad things were sure to happen. If the crowd that's disappointed with the current policies needs to come downtown so badly, there's still the excitement of axe throwing and the opportunity to go to the P&L District and get wasted and puke on your shoes."
Check the links:
Fox4: Community holds walk, family fun night honoring woman killed last month at First Friday
KSHB: First Friday changes take effect in September after deadly shooting
KMBC: Woman killed in Crossroads District last month honored on First Friday
You decide . . .