Kansas City Mayor Sly James is a KC Confidential reader for certain…
I wrote several stories about him when he ran for mayor – all backing him. I interviewed Sly twice and wrote both stories on kcconfidential.com. Now the mayor’s going with my plan to save the Plaza. As written here a couple days back. The plan to rid the Plaza of the large groups of unruly black youth on Saturday nights.
OK, maybe James thought it up on his own. But it’s exactly what I suggested here a few days back.
CURFEW OPTION HAS KC’S INTEREST is the Star‘s headline today. The Mayor said a new city-wide curfew would be in effect this weekend. Starting at 9 P.M.
The details are still in the works, but it will be an under 21 and you’re OUT curfew.
Westport tried this in the 90’s, but it kinda failed due to lack of police enforcement.
So we had to make our streets private since we didn’t have the police behind us. The Plaza being the Plaza, that shouldn’t be a problem. Just like the mayor, they’ll no doubt have the police in their pockets..
But it’s really the only short term solution.
As KCC has discussed in recent days, summer’s nearly over. The temps will fall and the crowds will soon not be showing up. That’s all true.
Last Saturday may have been the last really big kid’s hurrah of the summer. And by the way, this has been going on all summer, according to police. So why the mayor is just now dealing with the situation is anybody’s guess.
Maybe because he almost took a bullet?
Weather forecasts indicate the possibility of no more 90-plus degree days and nights. In fact, we could be down in the 70’s or low 80’s by next week. Which means post 9 p.m. temps of like 60 or lower. Not great "mob" weather. Then as it cools into October into the 40’s and 50’s, it’s game over.
So either way this problem will end; it will end until next summer.
Expect the usual ACLU shout outs over the curfew. Legal questions. And in the end it’s likely that not anything much will change for the long term. Like I said, this is a problem only time will change. Like 50 years of time when whites and blacks finally get along and racism is a THING OF THE PAST.
So once again, here I am predicting the future. Now if the Chiefs will just cooperate?