I do remember seeing Staub at the Strong Towns events as well.
I certainly think a large city mayor not be willing to learn this stuff is dereliction of duty. At least, not taking it seriously.normalthings wrote: ↑Sun May 12, 2019 10:00 pmYou are essentially advocating for them to take a few StrongTowns lectures.
Strong Towns presented to local chambers and politicians last year. Mayor Alvey of KCK was a big fan. Surprisingly, Mayor James was not into it at all.
Justus is generally in line with a lot of what Strong Town proposes(neighborhood investment, complete streets, slowing traffic, transit options). Matt Staub is another candidate who is behind the same sort of proposals as StrongTowns.
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Today, at 319 square miles, Kansas City is nearly four times as large as it was in 1950, and most of that new land is outfitted with infrastructure. Yet the city’s population has hardly changed.
As a result, each resident is responsible for at least four times as much infrastructure as our predecessors.
While Kansas City grew more than most U.S. cities, many are in the same predicament. Geographical growth, without a corresponding growth in population, is fundamentally why cities struggle to afford the infrastructure they’ve built.
Over the past 70 years, we’ve extended our boundaries, but not kept-up with associated costs of infrastructure.
In 2019, Kansas City could afford to budget only 10 percent of what our Public Works Department recommended to return the condition of our streets to “fair” — not to good or great, just fair.