This Summer in Kansas City "mostly peaceful' protest riots completely devastated the Country Club Plaza far worse than any event local history.
Of course COVID-19 had a horrible economic toll, so did years of teen violence, and easier retail options via the Internets also eroded the customer base.
But there is no denying that a massive closure of businesses and customers completely abandoning this town's most iconic district took place in the immediate aftermath of historic 'Black Lives Matter' riots on the Plaza.
Real talk, not since the Plaza flood has the economy of this entertainment district been hit so hard.
And now, frustration from "many sides" of the 2020 presidential election now threatens the Plaza once again.
To wit . . .
TKC READERS SEND WORD OF WARNING: BOARDING UP THE LAST REMAINING PLAZA STOREFRONTS AMID ELECTION RETURNS ISN'T A BAD IDEA!!!
Here's one note out of many . . .
"There isn't any doubt that a lot of people are going to be disappointed after Tuesday. Last time around some might have been surprised by the intensity of the protests but now we know that American political violence is a reality. So we should be prepared. I'm worried about the Plaza getting caught off guard again. If [President] Trump wins or refuses to concede protesters converging on the Country Club Plaza is almost a given. I imagine they might come back to City Hall as well but the retail district is more vulnerable. I've talked with one owner and he says he'll close temporarily if it looks like things are getting bad . . . But that might not be enough. Boarding up windows doesn't take much and it could save jobs, merchandise and untold misery. I'm going to paraphrase you TKC: People can do what they want with their business but now they can't say they weren't warned."
Accordingly, and just to demonstrate that this isn't just cowtown worry or local chatter. Check mainstream sources also "concerned" about the prospect of election violence . . .
Three-quarters of Americans are concerned about the possibility of violence on and after Election Day, according to a new poll that shows the number of concerned Americans has increased significantly since 2016.
Blame Game Preview
There are two questions that are important on Tuesday night. As the counting begins, the first question is whether Americans will re-elect the man who has taken them on a dizzying, erratic, and emotionally exhausting ride for the last four years.
Cost Of Doing Biz
After a spring of lockdowns and a summer of protests, storefront businesses across the country are girding for a potential wave of social unrest related to the election. Ulta Beauty, whose stores were damaged in protests of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in May, told NBC News that it is boarding up stores, closing early and hiring overnight security guards in certain locations.
Fight For Beverly Hills Starts Luxury District Ruckus
Antifa supporters were seen attacking Trump backer with fists and pipe in Beverly Hills on Saturday Police declared an unlawful assembly after the black-clad attackers fled the scene In North Carolina, get-out-the-vote rally was met with police pepper spray during march to the polls Cops say the irritant was sprayed into the ground after rally participants failed to clear the roadway Unrest has begun across the U.S.
Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst
Join Slate Plus This year's election is making many Americans nervous for reasons that go beyond the possibility that their favored candidate might lose. If the result of the election is disputed-or even just unclear for a period of time-the risk of political violence is significant.
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