Thursday, January 16, 2020
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY 'SAVE MLK BLVD' MOVEMENT LAUNCHES ON NATIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATING LEGACY OF CIVIL RIGHTS ICON!!!
Backed by some of Kansas City's top ranking political leaders, a few members of the urban core clergy refuse to surrender their goal of transforming The Paseo into MLK Blvd despite the will of voters.
To wit . . .
THE FIGHT TO KEEP KANSAS CITY CONTROVERSIAL STREET SIGNS INTACT STARTS AGAIN ON MLK DAY!!!
Some of our smarter readers are already aware of this move and we talked about it last month. No, the signs have yet to come down and the lame excuses about waiting till the Spring and public forums mostly serve as a distraction for gullible newsies.
Sure the City Council vote was overridden by a citizen initiative petition that won TREMENDOUS CITYWIDE SUPPORT from both the urban core and Northland along with garnering nationwide headlines.
However . . .
Go ask Clay Chastain about City Hall keeping promises after the outcome of petition efforts.
A decade after his victory at the ballot, he's still waiting on gondolas floating in the sky above Downtown and light rail to the airport which voters agreed to establish via one of his petitions.
And let's forgo a tense discussion about the CITYWIDE VOTE DEMANDING VOTER PARTICIPATION IN THE STREETCAR'S FUTURE. That ballot initiative was shredded on arrival.
And here's where things get really down & dirty . . .
Protesters who created a disturbance inside a church have been tagged as worse than the Klan by top ranking KC politicos and that sentiment has garnered support on the council. The political faux pas has evoked a very real negative consequence for the goals of "Save The Paseo" as City Hall seems more than willing to basically rip up the petition of these alleged haters.
Both City Hall and some Democratic Party supporters are more than willing to fund a court fight that could take years . . .
Or even worse, the haphazard petition could reinstate The Paseo for just a few blocks.
We noted previously, KC hosts many two name streets in much the same way that Broadway Blvd turns into J.C. Nichols Parkway for a bit.
And so given that KCMO and the entire nation seems to be as politically fractured as the West Bank, all of this debate might be over a small swath of land as The Paseo renewed over a few blocks instead of 9 miles would TECHNICALLY satisfy the sloppy petition and also serve as a slap in the face against protesters who arrogantly wasted their political capital by way of a nasty and universally denounced church protest.
This situation is still in flux but here's what we know for certain:
THE MLK BLVD DEBATE IS NOT OVER IN KANSAS CITY!!!
In conclusion, the street fight clearly demonstrates that the local MLK legacy has been irrevocably damaged by divisive seemingly endless arguments by groups who demand to mark their territory above any consideration related to history or civil rights. Future generations might one day examine how this episode in local history has worsened race relations and torn apart communities rather than served to unite Kansas City.
Developing . . .