Vote Yes, You Provincial Twits
My opinion on Tuesday’s sports complex vote doesn’t matter. I don’t live in Jackson County. I don’t even like football. While I realize my comments on the tax proposal may backfire with all six of my Missouri readers, I just can’t refrain from offering my admittedly negative perspective.
I don’t know if the proposal is a fair deal for taxpayers. I don’t if the rolling roof will work. I don’t know if the Royals will ever win again. I don’t know if Larry Johnson is a creep. And I don’t know what will happen if the tax fails.
But I do know the following is true.
Kansas City’s best days are behind it. The forces that once made Kansas City vital- the confluence of two rivers, cattle slaughterhouses and pioneer trail heads- are gone or are no longer relevant. Demographic trends favor cities with more temperate climates and more desirable platforms for economic innovation.
It’s simply a matter of how quickly Kansas City’s remaining viability will evaporate. The deterioration would rapidly accelerate should the Royals and Chiefs leave town.
Don’t get me wrong. Kansas City is still a really nice place. But I encourage our youth to find their futures elsewhere. It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.