When R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. died, it seemed personal to me even though I didn’t personally know him…
After some thought, I decided maybe it was the many concerts or American Royal events I’d been to at the venue with his name on it.
On a broader level, it is interesting how rich people can add identity to a city.
Our newest source of pride is The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts. It’s a world class gift from some rich folks. The Nelson-Atkins Museum is a similar shining example. The Hall Family to the extent that they can makes sure that Crown Center helps define us in part. The history of these kinds of contributions has continued uninterrupted.
Even Swope Park was a gift.
So when a Kemper or a Kauffman dies, it seems like a good time to rethink the current class warfare politicians in Washington are waging. Kansas City has many problems, but I personally don’t think that having rich people among us is such a bad thing.