An insight courtesy of a TOP ECHELON KANSAS CITY INSIDER deserves consideration on #TBT because it forces us to confront some uncomfortable realities about local life.
Here goes . . .
"All of this debate over shopping malls has a long history in Kansas City and it occurred to me that there's a generational effect . . . There's a tendency to think that current trouble at Independence Center doesn't have it's roots in ongoing and problematic consumer trends."
"Fact is, when police ordered parents to pick up rowdy kids at Independence Center they might not have realized that not so long ago that many of those guardians were likely the very same youngsters who endured similar problems at long-gone Bannister Mall."
"In turn, the generation at Bannister Mall was preceded by teens who witnessed 'the transition' of The Landing Mall - At its inception, The Landing was a luxury shopping destination on Troost Ave. The grandparents of teens currently troubling Independence Center know how this story ends; Eventually, continued conflict facilitates the departure of the consumer base."
"The fact is, Kansas City has always confronted significant challenges supporting sustainable retail."
Sadly . . .
Internets tech provides the alternative and it's not pretty.
Year-round air-conditioned public spaces are headed the way of the dodo given that it's just easier and safer to shop online.
Accordingly and given so much hope for the new year . . . Let's not forget that even the legacy of shopping for useless junk is wrought with divisive rhetoric and the tragic reality that locals have a hard time getting along for any extended period of time.
Developing . . .