A long time ago when the influence of this town was still important, Kansas City set the world on fire with our jazz culture and style.
Unfortunately, nowadays the Midwest doesn’t have much relevance in creating pop culture trends and the flyover states are pretty much a dumping ground for whatever schlock big media and other corporate interests send our way. This is all part of the reason that stupid Sonic ads and the heart clogging fare they offer are granted the same kind of pop-culture respect as the legendary Kansas City BBQ pits that helped to build this place.
But I digress. The point of this post is actually hopeful, in a way. It seems that Kansas City Proper still has some influence when it comes to self-destructive urban planning.
Here’s what some rather dedicated community activists who I’m lucky enough to talk to are saying on the subject of KC spreading our culture:
Apparently, some people in law enforcement call it “Spillover.” It’s a situation that occurs when when one city’s crime problems start affecting neighboring cities.
And here’s the money quote that a very well-informed local anti-violence advocate offered to explain the situation:
“KCK appears to now be suffering ‘spillover’ from the crime problems that KCMO has been having for the past 18 months. In all of 2007 there were 25 homicides in KCK, in all of 2008 there were 33, so far in 2009 there have been 30–compared to 24 at this time in 2008. Trend lines do not look good.”
To make matters worse, KCK is in the midst of a budget crisis and