Friday, October 04, 2019
TKC QUESTION: WILL GUNFIRE FEAR KEEP KANSAS CITY AWAY FROM FIRST FRIDAY???
Following the tragic shooting death of Erin Langhofer and a dramatic reduction of the scale of the monthly Crossroads celebration, patrons of the event largely abandoned the Crossroads.
Behind the scenes most news outlets carefully report that neighbors and artsy biz were happy to see the rowdy gathering dissipate.
Meanwhile, bars, restaurants and food trucks are dependent on monthly influx of customers and they took a hit.
Now, as the eulogizing, mourning and funeral of a vibrant, promising and kind young woman is complete . . .
THE REBUILDING PROCESS BEGINS with a more strategic plan to increase attendance without attracting scallywags and all manner of ne'er-do-wells who don't ever buy art, food and pricey booze or coffee.
TKC FACT . . . MOST people didn't buy anything when visiting the Crossroads for people watching and engaging in the poseur promenade.
And thing brings us back to our question and our invitation for TKC reader insight . . .
HOW CAN THE CROSSROADS REBUILD ONE OF KANSAS CITY'S GREATEST EVENTS WITHOUT RISKING MORE VIOLENCE???
Like all existential debate in the Crossroads, this question requires great introspection and not just reactionary, racist drivel or spam . . . We look forward to some of the better ideas from our brain trust.
Check the links:
KCTV5: Changes continue for First Fridays 2 months after woman killed by stray bullet
Fox4: First Friday organizers announce changes for food trucks, art vendors for October event
KMBC: Food trucks are returning, and artists will be lining alleyways to show off their works.
You decide . . .