Public debate continues over plans for a new convention hotel project for downtown Kansas City, Mo. As the council prepares to move forward, the Kansas City Star offers its editorial support. Acknowledging serious problems in the plan, the paper says the project could be a "game changer." Meantime, Library Director and prominent political activist Crosby Kemper III is ramping up his opposition by bringing in an "expert" to presumably point out the project's shortcomings. At this point in the process, is the project unstoppable?
There may be reasons to think the city's passage of a minimum wage ordinance is fraught with unintended and unexpected problems. With the first incremental increase less than a month away, the city has insufficient staff to enforce the ordinance. The Human Relations director says he needs five more employees and three more vehicles. Also, the ordinance may be in conflict with state law and litigation is bound to occur from opponents of the wage hike measure. There are also concerns about the impact of the hike on teenage employment opportunities. The ordinance applies to anyone 17 and older. There are three types of unintended consequences: Unintended benefit; Unintended drawback; Perverse result. Which one or ones are we seeing in the council's well-intentioned effort?
After 18 years of operation, the Kansas City Jazz District at 18th and Vine continues to fall short of its earlier expectations. Despite public and private investment of $70 million, the district is still dependent on taxpayers for a third of its annual budget. Business development is slow in the district. Last week, the CEO of the Jazz Museum resigned, apparently under pressure. Not for the first time, plans are being developed to restructure the district's apparently chaotic management structure. Why are people not flocking to 18th and Vine? Is it possible to salvage?
(4/4) more government money is not going to solve the problem at 18th & Vine. Leadership will. #RuckusKC
(3) Add planters to storefronts & class up the Blue Room. Right now it looks like an awkward hospital cafeteria. #RuckusKC
(2) If you want 18th & Vine to succeed, it needs actual leadership. It's never had any. #RuckusKC
Super frustrating to watch #RuckusKC and hear folks talk about the future of 18th & Vine while blaming the city.
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