Today the Mayor of Kansas City trumpeted yet another promise of street improvement in a classic bit of distraction from a record breaking year for homicides, a worsening pandemic and that outright budget collapse that's happening behind the scenes at city hall.
What's the "new" plan? Well, there's not any increased funding targeting street improvements. Today's effort was really nothing more than a NON-BINDING resolution directing the city manager to make a set of recommendations that would work to limit the number of excavations on roads.
In fact, of all the promises for local street improvement over the years, this is one of the flimsiest and least likely to produce any visible change.
“Too often, the City spends time, resources and manpower on resurfacing a street in our city, only to have that same street torn up days later for pre-scheduled utility work,” Lucas said in a news release announcing the proposal. “It’s frustrating. It’s wasteful. It’s expensive. Today’s action [resolution] will create a path to ensuring our Departments can better communicate with each other and with utility companies throughout our city to avoid future costly and embarrassing scenarios, such as on 39th Street just this week."
To be fair, this mostly pointless scrap of paper provides a prompt attempt to answer social media criticism and constituents seem to love the attention.
The reality is that disrepair of Kansas City streets is worsening and the KCMO coronavirus economic collapse will make the situation even more dire as the winter ravages roads.
Maintenance and coordination of resources is important but so far Kansas City has seen only modest improvements along Ward Parkway and some of the main thoroughfares whilst neighborhoods in urban and suburban continue to suffer neglect.
Developing . . .