Population is shifting in Kansas City and the future favors the Northland.
To wit . . .
SPECIAL THANKS TO KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS for breaking down the numbers for an even more in-depth look than what MSM is offering . . .
This is what ONE OF THE MOST KICK-ASS TKC READERS discovered . . .
Perspective . . .
"Understand that not all the population growth for Clay and Platte is within Kansas City boundaries. However, I would assume there's enough of a shift for them to get 3 council districts."
Moreover . . .
"Jackson County growth is mainly Eastern Jackson County. Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, etc."
Highlight . . .
"I just don't think KC south of the river kept up."
As usual, the AWESOME TKC TIPSTER is absolutely correct.
Here's a politically charged perspective from an MSM report which confirms the data . . .
Ed Ford, a former Kansas City councilman, said he believes the Northland's clout can grow.
"It makes a difference as to the amount of money coming back to the Northland from City Hall, for example, parks, our roads," Ford said.
Back in the Northland, the people might be coming but traditionally, Northlanders do not vote. Ford said he believes that has cost them.
"The Northland has been shortchanged by City Hall for decades. Hopefully, with the new population growth, the new census numbers, that will change," Ford said.
Accordingly here's our hot take . . .
The future of Kansas City politics needs to focus on winning voters on the nice side of the bridge. This will be a tougher fight because the neighborhoods and terrain are so disjointed. Still, for YEARS the Northland has hoped to garner increased standing at city hall and these numbers might provide a pathway to that effort.
More to the point . . . The next Kansas City redistricting fight is going to be BRUTAL.
Read more via www.TonysKansascity.com news link . . .
The new census numbers could produce a shift in power in the Kansas City area. The fastest-growing parts of the metro are Clay and Platte counties.Apartments, strip malls and homes are creating what some say is the "Urban North.""With all the new housing starts, residential multi-family, we anticipated the numbers coming in about 15-20%," said Ed Ford, president of the Northland Chamber of Commerce.Platte County's growth is up over 19% in the last 10 years, making it the fastest-growing county in the state.