Once again the latest murder and mass shooting in Westport leaves Kansas City struggling to find answers and stop the violence.
Sadly, all we've seen from biz leaders is a disgusting blame game press release that seemingly attempts to throw one of their own establishments under the bus.
We won't debate the facts of the statement but merely question the tactics . . .
SHAME ON WESTPORT FOR FAILING TO UNDERSTAND THE ONGOING THREAT OF VIOLENCE & HIDING BEHIND FEEBLE SPIN RATHER THAN ADMITTING MISTAKES!!!
Fact is, the so-called "street vacation" hasn't been effective in thwarting violence around the perimeter of the Midtown party district and gives a FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY TO PATRONS who are on their own once they step outside the gates.
Moreover, in the age of technology and global connectivity the description of Westport's security systems seems antiquated and in serious need of updating and more investment.
The big picture: Time after time Westport has needlessly engaged in grudge matches with City Hall and played a losing political game with one council member and administration after the next while the elite clientele simply found safer and more trendy venues. Even worse, the historic and quaint buildings have been consistently torn down to make way for more generic fare. The final nail in the coffin might be an EPIC APARTMENT COMPLEX COMING SOON that threatens ruin the district with low-rent denizens overcrowding already dangerous streets. Meanwhile, bad parking, lame restaurants & bars and continued safety concerns demonstrate the lack of a clear vision for this embattled entertainment district.
To be fair, the have a new breakfast place that chubby middle-class patrons seem to enjoy.
And so . . .
Despite assurances from Westport leaders it's clear that Kansas City, our new mayor and neighborhood leaders have serious questions about ongoing deadly violence in this party place that continues to dominate local headlines.
Check the links:
Local Deadly Tradition
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One person is dead and four others are hurt after a shooting around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Westport. And nearby business owners said they are tired of Westport being associated with this type of violence. Jerusalem Cafe Manager Adam Alezzah said he understands why people feel on edge when going into Westport.
Witness Westport FAIL
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Despite the shooting that happened just this morning in Westport, it is still crowded tonight and throughout the day it was pretty much the same. In the afternoon, Sophia and Micah were racking up Girl Scout Cookie sales in front of World Market in Westport for their camping trip.
Kansas City History Of Westport Violence Revealed
'Do I feel safe?': Leap Day shooting is the most recent of 5 gun deaths in Westport in the past 4 years
Around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 29, a person in a white SUV traveling on Mill Street near the intersection with Westport Road fired a gun out of his vehicle, hitting five people. One of them died, becoming Kansas City's 25th homicide of 2020.
KCMO Life & Death Considered
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A deadly shooting in Westport has people questioning their safety in the popular area of Kansas City, Missouri. "I've been here before when there has been shootings, which is sad to say that I've been here before when there's been shootings," Maggie Bourk said.
You decide . . .