chingon wrote:Jesus, take a breath kids. Opposition to transit projects is normal. Everywhere. They sue in San Francisco to stop BRT routes from being built for Christ's sake.
Sometimes I wonder if they're right about millennials and participation trophies after all...
I also think people forget about this:http://kcur.org/post/heres-how-counties ... t#stream/0
It isn't that two factions are forming, as someone posited. It's that factions already exist.
Even in my dealings with folks on the Plaza, you've got these factions present, and it isn't just Republican vs. Democrat. It's how people think and what they value. Some like the city the way it is and don't want things to change. [Anecdote: In one meeting I attended, someone on the Plaza legitimately asked the Midtown-Plaza committee when they were going to stop approving projects because the Plaza is getting populous enough. Another complained they were having to walk to work because the traffic was getting too bad in their neighborhood.]
They like the perceived freedom and convenience of driving everywhere, and don't like the idea of having to share transit with other people. They also don't like the idea of having to walk around in our bipolar weather, they'd prefer to stay insulated in air conditioning and central heating as much as possible. To them, why should they pay for something they don't use, won't benefit from, and only causes further growth and change in a city that they like just the way it is? This applies to KCI as well.
A large number of people I've spoken with about KCI all don't support the city's plan because it will make the airport less convenient for them. They honestly don't care about bringing businesses or conventions to the city because it just causes more growth or less convenience for them. They like KC's "small town" feel, and don't want it to change. They look at cities like Denver, Portland and Seattle, and don't see cities that they like, either politically or in how they are built.
We've gotta start being honest, and I think the city and rail advocates (with Chastain being the exception because he's nuts, and doesn't live here) are honest, and that's why we have the TDD. They realize that the main people supporting and desiring the transit are in the city. Therefore they aren't making everyone else pay for it.
Yet you still have the pushback from the people who live in KCMO (and yes, even in the Downtown-Midtown region) pushing back because they don't want to see the city grow anymore.