It’s finally happened; Westport has joined all the other entertainment districts in KC that matter…
Read my lips: No more hip-hop clubs, no more rap music, no more young, urban crowds.
With America’s Pub closing after New Year’s, the question was, how long it might take for the crowds to increase.
Kelly’s staffers say business has almost doubled on weekends since the area has completely dumped urban dance. Wow.
In fact, I’ve driven through Westport and the P&L District and Martini Corner the past few weekend nights and Westport is moving quickly towards having the biggest crowds. They’re 90% young and white with some older people mixed in at places like Harry’s and McCoy’s.
And Westport has added three new restaurants in just this past eight weeks; Green Room Burgers, The Boot (Italian) and Sama Zama (Japanese). Meanwhile nightclubs like Gusto and the Union are wall-to-wall weekend nights playing Techno for mostly white crowds. They’re packed – it’s hard to move – man, it reminds me of the 80’s and 90s..
Westport is following a national trend by eliminating the large young urban crowds.
Crowds that have demonstrated time and again the desire to act poorly and create violence. My trips to LA and Vegas echo what Westport has done. The P&L District got a bad rap being called Power & White. They’re just trying to survive.
In time Westport will again become KC’s No. 1 entertainment district – it already has on weeknights.
They have the only decent nighttime crowds during the week. During which time, barring a special event, the P&L is dead.
Here’s something you may not have noticed.
To demonstrate how strong the trend against hip hop and rap is, almost no young, urban films are being made today because movie theaters also don’t want those crowds either.
Even though the movie THE HELP – which was a well done Academy Award quality picture – took the blame hit for the Plaza mini riot last summer because of the kids outside the theatre there to see that movie that night!
Hollywood has all but dumped the "black gimmick" films.
No more glorified gang pics. In fact television has quietly dumped shows that even hint at anything close. Why? Advertisers are thin for those shows.
Radio has followed, with even KPRS having slipped badly in the last few years. The Rock 98,9, 101 The Fox, Q104 and Mix 93.3 now battle for the top slot KPRS used to hold but no longer does.
Westport is on the way back to the top. The Kellys and Bill Nigro, James Westfall, Aaron Confessori and the rest of its owners have decided to eliminate all violence and crime. And they’re close now – very close.
In fact, this summer the extra cops and barracades may be toast.
Thats right, BACK TO THE FUTURE.
Freeing up as many as 30 KCMO cops to work the streets on the weekends can only help the city. Meanwhile the mayor and new police chief remain silent over the clear movement of young urban crowds out of the entertainment zones.
"We are so sick of the violence and trouble it has caused, enough already," one KCMO cop told me. "It’s time to move on."
And as Westport adds new restaurants, bars and festivals, its numbers will continue to grow.
Way to go Westport.