With the election approaching and the Mayor suited up in his cap and bow tie exhorting about how exciting downtown is and that everyone is moving there all because of the streetcar, on June 23rd there will be no shortage of voters who in one way or another will express their dissatisfaction and frustrations with the way things are going. Many contemplating – why in addition to the uncompleted downtown streetcar line are we now subsiding downtown luxury apartment buildings?
“At some point you have to say that the downtown is healthy, now we aren’t going to subsidize development anymore.”
Next City – The $295 Million Mall Taxpayers Bought Kansas City …..
Downtown is profitable again. So why are we still paying developers to build there?
Will Kansas City’s Streetcar Be a Connector or a Divider?
Hyperbole, spin, pomp and circumstance, distraction, and outright hostility towards citizens not on board the streetcar agenda continues and the fact remains that no matter how compelling, sincere, and authoritative the presentation and accurate the economic evidence , it doesn’t matter to the nostalgia addicted and self-absorbed ego’s of the streetcar marketers and their faithful followers. To them 18th century transportation represents modern progressive thinking, and they’ll continue to desperately hound the sore-beset public trying to persuade them that trolley-utopia is at hand, if only we click our heels hard enough. Any discussions about no cost improvements and even fair and reasonably priced modernization to public transportation is met with blank stares and ears wide shut.
Next City May 22, 2015 – 60 percent of voters in the proposed taxing district rejected its expanded boundaries.
“We the voters of Kansas City, Mo., are going to be heard if not now, later, we’re not going to stop on this issue until the city recognizes it represents we the voters”
The primary goals of gerrymandering are to maximize the effect of supporters’ votes and to minimize the effect of opponents’ votes… The TDD law makes gerrymandering legal and this petition seeks to over rule that.
A recent K.C. Star Editorial has outlined the mayor’s agenda for the next four years. Second on the list is, you guessed it, Streetcar Expansion!!!!! We’ve got to make a final push to get additional signatures on our Petition to require the City to get voter approval before any more money is spent on streetcar expansion. They did it in San Antonio so there’s no reason we can’t do the same here in Kansas City. Anyone who’s willing to get signatures, please let us know and we’ll get the petitions to you. We can also take care of getting the petitions notarized. If you don’t want to volunteer to get signatures, but want to sign the Petition, drop by 406 West 39th Terrace, KCMO Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 5:00