This might be the best article we've read all week that actually provides real world insight on the reality of this cowtown. Here's the money line on the demise of the district . . .
In his place came reformers committed to "good government," which meant trimming the city's budget, ending the graft, restoring property tax values, and cracking down on crimes that Pendergast had not enforced. Implicit in all of this was a proto-neoliberal impulse: a concern with "law-and-order," the attempt to foster economic growth through property values, and a disregard for current residents who seemed to be an economic impediment. Pendergast stole a lot of money, but he also allowed people to participate in the broader economy as long as they paid taxes upward.
Accordingly, the reality of Kansas City's history shouldn't be forgotten as this town still struggles to clean up our dirty image and ignore the uncomfortable fact that a corrupt, fat, old, Irishman was probably the greatest promoter of community and culture in this town's history.
Moreover . . . Local government meddling has never helped this part of Kansas City and never will.
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Uplifting Black, Brown, and queer voices across the South-no matter who's in office. Rhythm and blues musician Jesse Stone, a Kansas City, Missouri native, once said "Kansas City... did more for jazz music, Black music, than any other influence at all."