JoCo To Blame For South Kansas City Homeless Flooding?!?

This week the South Side confronted flooding that endangered a local homeless camp.

Special thanks to BEST & BRIGHTEST TKC READERS for sharing this 2020 note with a bit of water-logged context . .  .

The proposition represents an alternative Johnson County history that few can recall or imagine. The outcome also reflects how invisible political boundaries – and how they allocate costs and benefits – shape public policy decision-making for the broader metropolitan area.

Still, almost 45 years ago, voters considered the complicated issue.

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A (Blue) River Runs Through Us

In 1975 voters in one of the country's fastest-growing counties faced a fork in the asphalt. They pondered the construction of three large flood-control reservoirs as part of a $200 million flood-control plan for the Blue River basin presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.