History be damned, we have an agenda

Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Northeast News
March 19, 2014

This newshound would like to thank local architect Bruce Best for his spot on analysis of the former Thacher Elementary School and its “phenomenally well built” bones. If one were to believe the school district, and trust me, one shouldn’t, the stately edifice was in danger of tumbling to the ground in a good windstorm.

Then again, this school district’s facilities management program is a joke. Most of the vacant schools are problematic eyesores the district would just as soon see turn to rubble in a landfill as they would an adaptive re-use plan that benefits the surrounding community. The district’s record of being a good neighbor is downright abysmal. The strategy, of course, is to let the building decay to the point that demolition is the only option. One look at the number of

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    It’s About Community

    Northeast News
    March 12, 2014

    Most of the time, this space is dedicated to our staff Newshound railing against the folly of city government and its inability to do anything efficiently. This week however, this crafty newsdog is praising some Historic Northeast neighbors for their restaurant, strike that, café makeover at the Towfiq Café at Lexington and Brooklyn Avenues.

    We spotlighted this in last week’s edition but we’d like to give those responsible for marshaling some business resources some extra credit. Ringleader Kristin Johnson

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    Throw more money at it – that’ll fix it.

    Northeast News
    March 5, 2014

    This crafty, conservative newsdog has long been a vocal critic of the city’s Aim4Peace program. Aim4Peace is supposed to reduce the number of homicides by hosting barbecue dinners and group hugs after a violent incident in the urban core.

    Heh.

    Its budget has swelled over the years, most recently with a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department, geared toward reducing teen violence. Late last month, a national Aim4Peace representative testified before a Kansas City, Mo., city council

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    This Newsdog loves KCI as is

    Northeast News
    February 26, 2014

    Congratulations Kansas City, Mo. You, the voter, will have a hand in the future of the Kansas City International Airport. Thanks to Dan Coffey and the Friends of KCI grassroots group, Mayor Sly James and aviation director Mark Van Loh can’t railroad, pardon the pun, the taxpayers into shellin’ out over a billion dollars (with a “B”) for a new, single terminal design airport.

    This newsdog thinks the measure, which will appear on the ballot next fall, should and will go down in flames. The

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    Destination: Rubble. Not so Fast.

    Northeast News
    February 19, 2014

    Thacher Elementary School will take the spotlight this Saturday as a rally will take place on the school”s site in an attempt to draw attention to saving the historic edifice that housed thousands of Northeast elementary school students over its tenured history.

    This newsdog is on board with the fight and thinks the district should grant title of the building to an area non-profit so it can be properly moth-balled and re-purposed in to a viable, tax producing property. Sadly, however, those best laid

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    Snow removal, Kansas City style

    Northeast News
    February 12, 2014

    Does this look like effective snow removal to you? Yeah, didn’t think so. This ol’ newsdog is wondering where all the snowplows were last week because this street hasn’t seen a plow since the snow started initially last Tuesday. But to hear the mayor talk about the job that city crews are doing, everything is just dandy in this cow-town when it comes to snow removal.

    Take a look at the picture, Mr. Mayor; this is your city

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    When cleaning ain’t cleaning

    Northeast News
    February 5, 2014

    February is once again upon us here in HNE and this li’l news doggie is just flat fed up with the cold, the snow and the inability of this city to properly clean streets.

    By the time this edition breaks, it’s a pretty safe bet that it will land on about six inches of fresh snow. Even this dog brain understands that it’s February in the Midwest and we should expect this kind of icebox weather. But the street cleanin’ this never-happy canine is referring to doesn’t involve snowplows, it involves the street sweeping machines and the mess they

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    Doing the right thing

    Northeast News
    January 29, 2014

    As negotiations move forward for the Kansas City Museum and its pending separation from Union Station, one issue that could be a sticking point is the city’s residency requirement for city employees. Under the current city charter, city employees must live within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo. Museum staff was exempt from this requirement as they were employees of Union Station Kansas City (USKC). This newshound has learned that museum staffers will have about a 9-month “grace period” after the May 1 separation date to get their affairs

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    Are you sleeping?

    Northeast News
    January 22, 2014

    Last Thursday morning while most of us were working to pay our taxes, a city council committee decided we weren’t taxed enough and put another tax increase on the August ballot in order to fund the expansion of the yet to be built toy train streetcar. This overtaxed li’l news-pooch is about finished with all this tax and spend nonsense.

    The ballot initiative would establish a taxing district that makes up most of Kansas City’s urban core, running from the Missouri River to 85th

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    As the wrecking ball swings

    Northeast News
    January 15, 2014

    It’s not popular, especially down at 11th and McGee where the Kansas City Public Schools’ re-purposing offices are located, but a latecomer to the party, a group called Save Thacher, has gotten some pretty big attention recently in its efforts to save Thacher Elementary School from the wrecking ball.

    For the record, this news-dog is on board with the effort. District officials should seriously consider donating the building to a local non-profit in order to save the $200,000-plus in demolition costs and preserve a major

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