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January 30, 2012

Streetcar waste in KC

We need a downtown streetcar project like we need more holes in our heads.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James was in Washington, D.C., lobbying for $25 million to start a downtown streetcar project? That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $100 million for the starter project.

This is at a time when the city of Kansas City is pouring millions of dollars into an underperforming tax increment financing project, better known as the Power & Light District.

City officials cannot fully fund the city’s pension system. They want to dump money into tearing down Kemper Arena and rebuilding something new in its place.

And we have a crumbling infrastructure that led to a record number of geysers from broken pipes spouting up out of our streets during 2011?

Sounds to me like Yael Abouhalkah needs to find a different entity within city government to direct his ire rather than emergency services and a retired union leader.

Brian Acker
Kansas City

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