Maybe it was the fact the Kansas City Royals played host to the St. Louis Cards…
That likely brought 15,000 out of town folks in for the weekend and that’s a lot of bodies. Maybe it was the cooler weather Friday and Saturday and people were tired of not getting out on the town.
Whatever it was, man this town rocked these past two nights.
There was good news almost everywhere. Legends looked to have its best weekend of the summer. Even the fireworks drew thousands of smiling faces to the shopping area. I left Legends and headed to Westport to visit my pal Bill Nigro.
And yes, I’ll admit it, I took Black Barbie with me. Maybe she helped light things up.
And people, Westport was just unreal.
It looked like 1979!
Packed, a good-looking crowd – no hip hoppers for the most part – and a boatload of hotties. By far it’s the best I’ve seen Westport look in years. I mean years. Around midnight there were lines to get into most of the clubs. Wall-to-wall everywhere, from Kellys to Guesto.
Impressive is an understatement.
You have to hand it to the leaders of Westport, from the Kellys to James Westphal. Damn.
What an amazing turn around in just one year. And sans the barricades, thank God. Well done.
It gets better.
Power and Light was packed as well. They did have a large number of urban youth around the outside of the entertainment district. And when Monique and I got inside there lines everywhere. Even in the courtyard there were thousands of people dancing.
It was a more mixed crowd than Westport.
Can you believe Westport had the cleaner cut crowd?
Likely this is because of the dance clubs in the P & L being more hip hop and rap oriented. Westport is almost total Tech, a grunge atmosphere for 20 somethings.
Both areas boasted mostly 20-30 year olds – young, hip – and a ton of talent if you know what I mean.
It’s the new Facebook Generation. I was practically the lone Boomer.
Westport had strong security as did the P & L. I did witness one incident outside Power and Light. About 10 cop cars, and five officers on foot tackling a young black guy. He was running down the street doing who knows what but they seemed to have it under control.
It was that all too rare example of a happening Kansas City.
Bring in some out of towners that want to party, offer up some well run entertainment districts and boom! Totally busy. It was the perfect storm. I thought, why can’t it be this way more often? Too bad our city leaders don’t go out and LEARN what is right and wrong with this city, its economy, its lack of almost any tourism that matters.
A footnote: KCMO wants to give Cordish Company the money to turn a condo downtown into apartments. Aren’t these the same folks who built the P & L then told the city to fuck off when it came to payments, tax evaluations and concern about its failure?
Understand this though; Cordish is correct. This is the right move. The only way to get ANYONE to move downtown is apartments.
The condos concept has failed. Nobody bought them.
Today less than nobody is buying downtown. The apartment style is the way to go, maybe citywide. We need more people living here.
Kansas City is a truly nice town. I’ve always said we have so much to offer, but few people come here except to see grandma or for a ball game or two. It will take the kind of marketing and leadership KCMO does not have. They have almost none. Haven’t for 50 years.
Before that KC was on the map in a big way. Hey, maybe there’s hope after all.