The politics of Westport continue to threaten the patrons of the oldest party place in Kansas City.
To wit, here's the real story . . .
ONCE AGAIN WESTPORT HATERATION AGAINST 'URBAN' CLUBS DISTRACTS FROM PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS FOLLOWING THE LATEST DEADLY SHOOTING!!!
Beyond the simplistic issue of perceived racism this fight points us to a fundamental weakness that has doomed Westport:
The old school entertainment district is comprised of a collaborative group of biz leaders whereas more successful places like the P&L District & The Plaza only have one major management organization. Similarly, problems in the 18th & Vine District have always stemmed from disagreements among the many feuding biz interests who are always at each other's throats.
As always, the real problem for Kansas City has been a dearth of effective leadership.
Remember that after the deadly shooting Westport almost immediately threw Throwback under the bus. The latest response from the club shifts responsibility back to the district's management.
And while the blame game might not be important, what should concern Kansas City residents are old school conceptions of security that haven't garnered sufficient tech investment along with the repeatedly ignored plea for more streetlights, security and police -- All of which will reduce or even erase everyone's profits.
And so the debate continues, the wounded attempt to recover and another victim adds to this town's rapidly rising homicide count following the DEADLY WEEKEND BATTLE OF WESTPORT which foreshadows more trouble this Summer.
Check the links . . .
NEW WESTPORT CLUB FIGHTS WITH MANAGEMENT!!!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Owners of a Westport club that is associated with a deadly shooting last Saturday said they have been "prohibited" from inclusion in the district's enhanced security. Throwback KC posted on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that the club is "cooperating fully" with Kansas City, Missouri, police as they investigate a shooting that left one person dead and four people injured.
NextGen Tragedy Postscript
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The family of a 17-year-old gunned down in Westport early Saturday morning is still waiting for answers. After losing a son, brother, nephew and father, Devin Harris's family is having a hard time coming to grips with his death.
Impossible Response Time
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The altercation that preceded Saturday's deadly shooting in Westport lasted 75 seconds, according to Throwback KC Owner Aaron Beatty. Beatty told 41 Actions News that the club's bouncers, who are trained in de-escalation, intervened and the whole incident lasted about four minutes.
Party Planning & Safety
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Westport businesses leaders met Wednesday to discuss ways to make the entertainment district safer after a deadly shooting early Saturday.Early Saturday, five people were shot in Westport.
Club Conversation Cont'd
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas met with the Westport Business League on Wednesday to discuss possible security changes. It comes in the wake of the early Saturday morning shooting that killed 17-year-old Devin Harris and injured four others.
Kansas City Entertainment District Teen Tragedy
The victim killed in a shooting that also wounded four people in a popular Kansas City entertainment district was just 17 years old, authorities say. Police identified the teen Monday as Devin Harris, and said three men injured in the Westport shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, are in stable condition.
Westport Plea From Mayor Q
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas on Wednesday encouraged Kansas Citians to continue visiting Westport, despite the shooting that happened early Saturday morning . Lucas met with the Westport Regional Business League for a conversation on the safety, business and culture of the entertainment district.
You decide . . .