The death of music as a physical commodity is now starting to sink in for this cowtown.
Of course, the next bit of news in this saga was the inevitable and not so serious effort to save the record store via a Facebook fan page and call to action.
This bit of nostalgia and sentimentality is nice but doesn’t really make any sense.
Hard as it might be: Kansas City needs to let this music landmark die!!!
The reasons are nearly limitless and have a lot to do with the free market capitalism Conservative Reactionary Teabaggers like to espouse but not practice.
So allow me to list my top 3 reasons to let the place die:
1. Collecting Vinyl Records is a niche hobby that won’t support such prime Midtown real estate. There just aren’t that many fans of vinyl to keep the place open. If there was we wouldn’t be at this point right now.
2. People are done paying for music – Don’t throw iTunes at me. ITunes represents just a tiny fraction of people STILL stealing music online. It’s quaint and makes 30 and 40 somethings feel like their meager middle management salary actually means something, but the people who really want music aren’t paying for it anymore.
3. Streetside was never really that great – Pardon me but a surly, tattooed and pierced d-bag making fun of my Top 40 selections was never my favorite part of buying music in the meatspace.
For these reasons and so many more, it’s better to let the market deal with the Westport building. Ultimately, they’ll find a use for it and I’m sure some rich developer will get a tax break for repurposing this bit of history.