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Wed July 30, 2014 San Antonio Ends Streetcar Project

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District 9 Councilman Joe Krier, who was elected to Council in part on an anti-streetcar platform, praised Mayor Taylor for listening to the public and called the decision “the right one.”

“We need a comprehensive, well thought-out plan that we can take to voters, and if we can persuade them, fine,” Krier said. “This is a great victory for citizens who think they should have a voice in major public policy issues.”

 

Link – City & County Pulling Plug on San Antonio Streetcar Project

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Wed July 23, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Mo.

The pastor of a prominent Catholic church in Kansas City said the plans for a streetcar expansion could be burden for his congregation and his church. Story By Micheal Mahoney with video at KMBC 9 News.

KMBC 9 News   Pastor questions potential burden of streetcar tax on poor

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Wed July 16, 2014 Special Assessments

1Polsinelli’s Plaza Vista building (formerly the failed West Edge project) will pay $81.41 a year with the proposed TDD special assessment. Although TDD attorney Doug Stone is now with Husch Blackwell the city did enter into a contract with Polsinelli for TDD and streetcar related consulting during Dec 2013. – Ordinance #130944 “Waiving a requirement of Section 2-83(a), Code of Ordinances, and authorizing the City Attorney to execute a contract with Polsinelli PC, for the provision of legal services in connection with the creation of one or more Transportation Development Districts; and recognizing an emergency.”
Considering the commercial building at 4600 Madison two blocks north will be on the hook for $26,000 in special assessments it has to make one wonder. Single family residences will also pay more then Plaza Vista. Vote No on Question A.

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Monday July 14, 2014 KMBC 9 News

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Friday July 11, 2014 – Citizens Association Walk Away From Street Car Plan

The drive to expand the starter street car line in Kansas City took a hit Friday. The Citizens Association, which is generally considered a progressive group, did not endorse the street car expansion plan on the August 5 ballot. Story here at 20lbs of Headlines

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