Where the sun don’t shine

This community-minded NewsDog is hoppin’ mad and no, it has nothing to do with the results of last week’s Presidential election.

No, our venom this week is directed at Downtown Council VP of Business Development Sean O’Byrne and Fourth District City Councilman Eric “Bicycle Bully” Bunch and their idiotic and short-sighted plan to erect a tent city for transients on the site of the recently demolished Chouteau Courts Housing Project, all done with zero, you read that right, zero, outreach and discussion with neighborhoods and stake holders in the Historic Northeast community.

City Scene Magazine, the house organ for the Downtown Council, broke the story last week with all the right heart-wrenching pictures of snow covered tarps and some poor, unfortunate sot kneeling in the snow somewhere near downtown. This dog finds it very interesting this dude’s jacket looked brand-spankin new and exceptionally clean for someone living on the streets. Certainly makes one wonder if the whole thing wasn’t staged in order to advance the Downtown Council’s narrative.

But the Dog digresses. It doesn’t take a lot of research to learn the former Chouteau Courts site is part of a $30 million dollar HUD, Paseo Gateway redevelopment plan that has for years promised mixed-use development on the site. The land in question belongs to the Housing Authority and apparently they didn’t get a heads up on it from this bunch of well intentioned do-gooders either. Also not part of the discussion was the $12 million Independence & Paseo intersection redevelopment plan, due to break ground in the first quarter of 2021. Councilman Bunch is privy to all of this information as a city official, yet he and O’Byrne moved forward with their meeting inside the vacuum of the ivory tower at the Downtown Council.

As noted earlier, representatives from the bordering Northeast neighborhoods and business groups were not in attendance at this little confab either. The Dog spoke with a number of small business folks and neighborhood residents in the Paseo West neighborhood who are already over-run with the transient population that eats, sleeps, and eliminates on their properties and not one of them was consulted about this proposal. Seems someone whose title is VP of Business Development, that’s you Mr. O’Byrne, certainly should have known the negative impacts on area businesses this little feel-good project would have had. But then again, this is all about you and your elitist brood lookin’ good and to hell with everyone else who gets in the way.

Also not taken into consideration is the fact that two other nearby cities, Wichita and St. Joseph, have shuttered all of their overnight shelter facilities and bus their transient population to the Kansas City Greyhound station a scant four blocks away. And what about that $200,000 this initiative is supposed to cost? That scratch better not be coming out of city taxpayer funds, especially when some municipal employees are being asked to take a one week unpaid furlough.

Here’s a thought, if helping these drunken, begging sots who refuse to go to a shelter is so important: how about housing them on some of the vacant floors down at 1000 Walnut where the Downtown Council offices? On site dry cleaner, food court, 24-hour security, who could ask for more? Better yet, if they’re so concerned about the “humanitarian crisis,” created by these individuals who actually like living off the grid, maybe Councilman Bunch or Sean O’Byrne can offer yard space for some pup-tents and poop shelters on their lawns.

Here’s the bottom line. We in the Northeast community are sick of getting dumped on. By design through government sponsored “programs” and “projects” the Northeast community has been the dumping ground for society’s flotsam and jetsam for decades, dating back to the late 1940’s when back-room meetings at City Hall decided to run a highway through the heart of the neighborhood and thus bring a once-powerful voting block to its knees.

The Downtown Council’s decision to place this camp on the site of the old Chouteau Courts housing project was not by accident, it was by design, given the number of social service agencies that are already close by that cater to these individuals. Well, we’re done. With all due respect, the Downtown Council can take their tent city proposal and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Inching toward local control

    January 13th, 2021

    On December 17, just prior to the City Council’s holiday recess, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas filed a resolution with […]

    “Gifts” from King Frank and the Legislators

    December 9th, 2020

    Yep, you read that right, the Christmas display sponsored by the Jackson County Parks Department down at Longview Lake was […]

    Missing In Action

    October 14th, 2020

    Oh-where-oh-where has Jean Peters-Baker gone, oh-where-oh-where can she be? Where’s Waldo? This civics minded News Dog would certainly like to […]

    Braggin Rights!

    October 7th, 2020

    Once again we here at the House of News have been honored by our peers in journalism for our editorial […]

    Voter Registration Deadline for the November Election is October 7

    September 30th, 2020

    State representative Ingrid BurnettGuest columnist This is the last week to register to vote in the General Election on November […]

    Follow the process

    September 23rd, 2020

    Diane EustonGuest Columnist I’m an historian who focuses on Kansas City’s unique and fascinating past who was one of the […]

    Time for action

    September 2nd, 2020

    We’re done. This News Dog is sick of the ongoing lawlessness and criminal actions of the vagrants who continue to […]

    Rearranging the deck chairs

    August 26th, 2020

    If you’ve driven by the intersection of I-435 and Winner Road/US 24/Independence Avenue over the last few years you’re more […]

  • City council gone rogue

    August 12th, 2020

    If ever there was a reason for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department to remain under state control, your gone-rogue, […]

    And the cop hate continues

    June 30th, 2020

    This community-minded News Dog normally likes to steer clear of neighborhood politics and operations. As a former neighborhood association president, […]

    A Department Gutted

    June 10th, 2020

    Last Thursday, in a carefully orchestrated and timed bit of political theater, the Jackson County prosecutor and the Kansas City […]

    Another Blue Ribbon Commission

    May 27th, 2020

    Last Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced the formation of another blue ribbon commission deployed to “study” the upward […]

    When you’re on your own, we are there with you.

    March 31st, 2020

    This week, the Dog is yielding space for a much more important message from The Missouri Press Association and the […]

    Support community journalism

    March 25th, 2020

    Over the last few weeks, this community-minded Newsdog has seen an outpouring of support on social media for local businesses […]

    I’ll take panic and hysteria for $500, Alex

    March 18th, 2020

    If anyone would have told this Newsdog a month ago that the United States would be living through what we […]

    Out of control

    March 11th, 2020

    Last week, the second fire in as many weeks broke out in a large transient encampment in the wooded areas […]

  • Northeast Newscast

  • Faces Of Northeast

  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.