Seriously, the last time this town was so enamored with something this large and pale — Jared Allen was playing for The Chiefs. And we all remember that ended in disappointment as well.
In this instance, what’s so disgusting is that the price tag has been underplayed. $11 million is just the beginning of the expense to keep Kansas City’s Polar Bear in nicer digs than most people in this town will ever enjoy.
Let’s really put that number in perspective:
I haven’t been outside in days because this heat had killed as many as four people locally. Earlier today, KMBC reported that “A disabled woman has been sleeping on a porch after her electricity and water were shut off last week.” Meanwhile, The Polar bear at the zoo is enjoying 65 degree water thanks to Kansas City Taxpayers. Obviously, there’s no real interest in helping the poor or less fortunate from so many clueless d-bags taking their cues from The Tea Party and other privileged interests.
But the money dedicated to the polar bear might represent Kansas City’s leaders putting their faith in a theory that has been consistently proven incorrect.
They call it “Tin Cup Urbanism” and it’s a school of thought that encourages metropolitan areas to take on HUGE AMOUNTS OF BAD DEBT in order to draw crowds and then enjoy the (theoretical) revenue produced. We all know how this story works out: From Union Station To The P&L District and now the Polar Bear at The Kansas City Zoo — There is NEVER a payout for these pricey undertakings. The P&L District bleeds more than $12 million a year in red ink, Union Station is empty and the City recently tried to pawn off The WWI Museum on the Feds. Kansas City simply has a losing record on developing attractions that pay for themselves. Maybe next time we should just go ahead and buy a White Elephant to clearly demonstrate this town’s lack of acumen when it comes to developing revenue producing projects.