Our city is now one year older, but is it getting better? Are we on the right track? I see many good things happening. Sure, there are still issues and problems, there always will be. But are we moving towards overall improvement?
According to the Kansas City Star our retail business jumped way up these past few months. School starting is a big help. Even Legends, which has had problems like most shopping districts with too many restaurants, is way up in retail sales. In part by adding new stores like Charming Charlies.
The Plaza seems busier than it was in late spring and early summer and a couple of the newer restaurants like Gram and Dun have taken off. It’s much busier now than when I was down there late this spring.
South Johnson County is also on the upswing, with a new country night spot at 119th and Metcalf called Kanza Hall (alongside a smaller Fuel). And the nearby former Raoul’s is set to become Milieu later this fall.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like our going out crowds citywide are where they need to be, but it is clearly getting better.
So many of the slower places have closed, giving the new ones a shot to shine.
And hopefully they will.
Our sports team’s attendance is very good also.
Sporting KC sells out almost every game. The Royals are up 3,000 fans per game with a bad team and the Chiefs look to be the new darling of Kansas City.
KU football will have a rebirth with new coach, Charlie Weis and KU basketball is a lock to sell out in Lawrence and Sprint. And most people can’t wait to see how MU’s attendance will jump with them joining the SEC. It’s likely to go way up in both football and basketball.
Even KCMO schools are said to have improved. Okay, they’re still a major issue, but finally are getting better.
Kansas City leaders have been quiet, but at least none have been arrested lately or made fools of in the media.
Arrowhead, The Chiefs and maybe another warm fall/winter could make things even brighter as we end 2012. Maybe the economy will nudge up a bit.