Unfortunately, during this unprecedented cold spell the only thing that’s clear is that progress and “hope for change” has come to a halt. This isn’t necessarily a tragedy given that a realistic understanding of the current circumstances is the best way to take steps toward improvement in much the same way that drunks must “bottom out” and come away with an amazing story if they survive.
But I digress . . . This post is really about making Kansas City’s current state of affairs plain for all to see.
And the fact is, that for all the talk of a “Downtown Renaissance” or local resiliency against a recession: Economically, this is one of the worst periods in local history since The Great Depression.
Again, dealing with this cold hard fact is essential if things are ever going to get better. A quick look at the current snow removal controversy is a great indication that this town is currently without two nickels to rub together.
More importantly to everyday people on local streets:
The recent cold stretch during this Great Recession is testing the resources of local charities with so many people in need of assistance.
As much as I’d like to believe in optimists that keep touting a recovery, in the dead of winter it just doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon. Again, this isn’t all bad news if only because broke chicks tend to lower their standards and that has always worked in my favor.