In today’s hot mess of a Hendricks column the journalist at 2/3rd salary makes a bold and completely misinformed claim.
It’s a Westside connection so stupid and backward I’m at a loss as to how The Star prints that kind of garbage and then dares to call itself a community news source.
I always like to remind folks that Hendricks is a Johnson County resident whereas I live within walking distance of the establishments the Star columnist claims benefited from the rather boring bike race.
Here’s what he doesn’t know and didn’t bother to investigate: Los Alamos regularly sells out of their weekend burrito and tamale offerings. Furthermore, the bodega down that street on Summit also runs of tamales on weekends at around noon without the benefit of incoming hordes of cyclists. A walk even further down the street to Ortega’s will reveal similar weekend burrito runs along with a typical Sunday Menudo sellout.
I could connect the lazy reporting of Hendricks with overall distrust of economic indicators around the globe in the midst of the current recession. But I really think the guy just doesn’t have a good understanding of any subject matter outside the comfy confines of The Golden Ghetto.
Whether there’s a highly taxpayer subsidized bike race running through the Westside or not, this part of town is a beacon to all of Kansas City in search of authentic Mexican fare. And at the risk of being labeled a “burrito expert” I must challenge the contention that a cycling race led to a run on Mexican food which is not only a dramatic misrepresentation of the economic impact of the Tour of Missouri but also yet another sign that Hendricks is completely unfamiliar with life in a community on which he reports.