This town’s quotient of “fail” was present at every social strata despite the fact that poor people and minorities take most of the blame for everything gone wrong in this society.
Still, the warmer, nicer weather just means that local homeless are going to smell even worse and given the current downward trajectory of the stock market — They might have more company than usual.
So, let’s take a look at the many ways this town stayed losing this week. Check it:
1. Doubts About The Big 12 – KCC’s own Greg Hall has a much more informed take on the imminent demise of the Big 12 but I’m surprised to notice that so few locals are in a panic about the devastation the bust up could do to this town’s revenues. Sure, the games are going to stay in Kansas City for awhile but for the most part we’ve now seen that the institution isn’t solid and is quickly coming apart. Sadly, for sports fans this isn’t as entertaining as the chuckles I get from watching the demise of dead tree media.
2. Kansas City’s Debt Load Gets Bigger – For me, the news that Mayor Funky’s Schools First Initiative was formally shut down the by Council was far more important than word that yet another massive bond issue was moving forward. However, putting things in perspective it’s nice to know that neither the Mayor nor the Council care about being “Smart With The Money” as this town’s seemingly enjoys watching our credit rating go down the tubes while we keep borrowing.
3. Kansas City Street Fights Continue – A 16 year-old was killed on local streets this week and the warmer weather often signals more carnage on Kansas City Streets. Meanwhile, I’ve noticed that Driver’s License Checkpoints are continuing to provoke the ire of minority communities who may not agree that surveillance is the solution to violence and murder on local streets.
4. Zach Greinke’s Losing Streak Is Crushing This Town’s Soul – I like to call him “The Great White Hype” and so far the followup to his Cy Young year has been abysmal. I don’t take pleasure in watching the guy struggle but it is kind of fun to see so many of his fans squirm as they try to defend his horrible performance this year.
5. Nothing Is Going On After First Friday – Sure, tonight Downtown Kansas City is going to be a hipster mecca. Tomorrow, not so much. This big budget blowout mentality regarding local urban development is a huge part of Kansas City’s problem. Big crowds provide a feeling of comfort for some business people and make for great PR but in the long run it’s better to be consistent and tonight’s crowd will be followed by an excruciatingly slow week for downtown revelers.
The bleak part of this all is that nothing seems to be changing regarding these trends. Sure there is hope in store regarding an upcoming election but from where Kansas City stands now this town isn’t really in a recovery but just at the outset of a yet another age of austerity.