We lament local violence and homicide and mark the tragedy of white people fallen victim to crime but then ignore so much death among people of color. We long for a government that works for “regular folks” when, in fact, the whole system is predicated on nothing less than keeping special interests happy. And worst of all, low self-esteem irrational exuberance regarding development by a cozy small town that’s remarkably different and some would say smarter than big city competitors and their expensive toys.
And all of this preamble is simply an effort to set the stage for a grand conclusion staring everyone right in the face: This town’s big gamble on the Downtown Renaissance never really paid off. Kansas City’s last big, shot at being a major league city met with remarkable failure.
So, we’re pretty much a horribly more violent and dangerous version of Omaha for the forseeable future.
Don’t worry, I have proof of this assertion.
To prove my axiom correct, look no further than The Sprint Center. So much celebration of this place overlooks one tiny, horribly inconvenient fact. I’ll pose it in the form of a question:
If the Sprint Center is sooooo great, such a success and a proof of the financial genius of former Mayor Kay Barnes . . . Then why hasn’t that success benefited the P&L District?
The fact is, the hype and hyperbole coming from The Sprint Center notes that the place is the second busiest and one of the best venues in the entire U.S. Still the runoff hasn’t been enough to keep the P&L District from bleeding red ink. Therefore, it is reasonable to suggest that the fate of the two are not intertwined. And that leaves KC without much hope of turning around its more expensive Downtown Experiment.
Additionally, I don’t really think The Sprint Center is all that big a deal, and for so much great PR the place doesn’t seem worth the price or the time for me to visit it. In much the same way that most Sprint Center visitors are skipping out on a P&L District excursion. So either KC’s Sprint Center celebration is overplayed or there’s no hope for The P&L District. Whatever the case, somebody has to lose and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s probably Kansas City Taxpayers.