Here's the latest push from KC's most prolific petitioner and the only guy to win a citywide rail vote.
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Activist Clay Chastain releases genesis of petition to make Kansas City America's first Eco-City.
The petition's ballot question proposes a novel solution to prosper a City that is experiencing mounting problems beyond the reach of any federal stimulus money or glitzy new project. Kansas City will need a strong combination of social, economic and quality of life strengths to turn the tide and enjoy enduring success. The petition provides a lasting stimulus toward that aim.
Specifically, the petition represents an environmentally-conscious urban revitalization vision that recognizes Kansas City must upgrade into a more sustainable and healthy place to live. The petition breathes new life into our City via conservation and infrastructure improvements centered around reduced dependence on the car and a strong orientation to walking, cycling and use of alternate transport.
The framework of the petition includes...(a) A network of "Greenways" crisscrossing the City (connecting to major destinations) and consisting of separated lanes for walking, cycling and quick, quiet and clean transit. (b) A Multimodal Regional Transportation Center at Union Station. (c) Transformation of Downtown's forlorn Penn Valley Park into a vibrant, safe and car-free open green space.
If the petition is approved by voters, City leaders should organize a broad base of citizen-led committees (land-use, budget, technical expertise, public information, etc.) to insure direct citizen participation and a successful outcome.
*A costly, environmentally-insensitive and glutinous era of too many cars, freeways, parking structures, traffic and sprawl has overwhelmed and degraded urban environments across America. Kansas City has a vital choice to make concerning its future. Continuing down this impoverished road (well traveled) will lead us to a barren dead end. The petition is KC's roadmap to take the road less traveled in leading America as its first "Eco-City". Our children, our planet and our future calls us to this action.
Kansas City Activist, Clay Chastain
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