I keep hearing the pros and cons on whether the Kansas City’s fountains should be turned on, or just left off to save money.
While I don’t live in Kansas City, I think that leaving the fountains off would be like having your front door boarded up. What a bad impression for anyone considering relocating to this area.
The remedy is simple: Get the public involved. The city could set up a “Flowing Fountain Fund” for the public to contribute to. You would then have businesses donating (they would oppose the negative image, too), “do-gooder” groups and children holding fundraisers, and even contributions from citizens like me who might send in a dollar or two.
This would go a long way toward paying the water bill. It would also have the added effect of fostering pride in our surroundings and a desire to help maintain them.
I have read articles that Kansas City is considering turning off the water fountains in an effort to save money. With that in mind, why are they spending a pretty good sum of money to rebuild the fountain at Ninth and the Paseo?
Turn off the fountains to save $160,000? Great idea. When the smoke clears, it will cost a quarter of a million to turn them back on due to the vandalism, graffiti and theft. The city won’t have that kind of money, so the fountains will sit idle.
Kansas City will no longer be known as the city of fountains. It will be known as the city of stupidity.