Blame Kansas City NFL Draft Small Biz FAIL On Traffic Concerns?!?!

Tonight's reminder of city hall contempt for any criticism . . . Check-it . . .

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas commented on social media, saying he was shopping and eating outside the draft area each day during the three-day event, and said he witnessed some areas closer to the draft earn a "positive hit," while others near downtown got shorted.

Lucas said one possible reason for the slow weekend for some businesses is the impression that downtown KC would be difficult to navigate.

"This hurt areas like Columbus Park, the West Bottoms, and then anywhere that relies on traffic coming into the city rather than just neighborhood traffic," Lucas said.

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