Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Again. Roving bands of
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City Mayor Sly James vowed Sunday that he’d take steps to end large, nighttime gatherings of unsupervised teenagers and preteens on the Country Club Plaza by holding parents to account.
How, he didn’t know.
But whatever plan is developed, it will be a joint effort of the mayor and the City Council, James said after consultation with school officials, police and the juvenile court, among others. And James promised that the plan will be in place before next weekend.
It may or may not include an early curfew, as some are calling for.
“We can’t expect that imposing a curfew is going to stop some 15-, 16-, 17-year-old from bringing a gun to anywhere,” he said at an afternoon City Hall news conference. “On the other hand, we should be able to expect parents not to have their 13-year-old children on the Plaza getting shot.”
His announcement came a day after the Saturday night shooting that saw three youths wounded and the mayor forced to the ground by his security team. James, along with former Councilman Alvin Brooks and a group of ministers, was at the Plaza talking with kids and assessing the crowd problem in response to calls from Plaza owner Highwoods Properties and others to roll back the current midnight curfew on weekends to 9 p.m.
“A curfew would have merit in our view, but that is a decision our capable mayor and his team of municipal experts need to weigh,” Highwoods said in a statement issued Sunday.
The shootings occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday near 47th and Wyandotte streets. When shots rang out — witnesses reported hearing five or six — James was about 50 yards away. His two bodyguards pushed him to the ground and drew their guns.
“They basically forced me into the flowerbeds by the Cheesecake Factory,” James said.
He was uninjured. But two boys and a girl — 13, 15 and 16 years old — were wounded. A bullet grazed the girl’s face, and the two boys were shot in their legs, police said. None of the injuries was life-threatening. James said all three youths were in stable condition on Sunday.
Kansas City police continue to investigate the shootings and interview witnesses. Police believe some witnesses know the shooters’ identities but are reluctant to reveal their names.
The Plaza has been the scene of large crowds of underage people both this year and last, mostly on warm weekend evenings in the spring, summer and fall. Some come to see a movie and others are there simply to hang out, James said.
Generally, they are well behaved, but there have been sporadic bouts of violence and disorder.
The first notable occurrence was on April 10, 2010, when as many as 900 youths, some as young as 11, converged on the shopping and entertainment district that Saturday night. Police responded to reports of vandalism and assaults. One group of teens robbed and beat a couple from Grandview. A girl in a prom dress was shoved into a fountain. Fights broke out.
Police used pepper spray to disperse groups who refused to move along when instructed to do so.
Afterward, city officials and community leaders expressed their concern by staging a summit to look for ways to deal with the situation. The general agreement was that kids needed more activities.
At the time, City Councilwoman Cindy Circo said she would put together a “youth master plan” to see where there might be gaps between programs like Night Hoops basketball and other activities. However, no plan was developed. Circo now says she is unconvinced that more city-sponsored activities are the solution.More on Kansas City Black problem at the Country Club Plaza can be found here.
Many major cities try and build outdoor malls to attract new businesses and investments, chain restaurants, anchor stores, huge movie theaters, and - most importantly - white shoppers to bring their purchasing power back into an economically blighted area since this clientele bolted for safe a Whitopia's. Every major city - well, save Detroit - has a trendy area of town like the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. It's a great place for a date, catch a movie, do some shopping, and people watch. Every major city has multiple deserted malls - what we call Mall Envy - and these monuments to consumerism are a somber reminder of the economic activity that once flowed in the area before the Black Undertow forced white shoppers to find a safer mall to shop at and ultimately drove stores out of business, replaced with nail salons, Black beauty accessory stores, and Dollar Stores.
Cities bank on these type of commercial ventures - outdoor malls- as helping to revitalize a blighted area ruined by true climate change. No, not the scientifically dubious concept of man-made global warming/cooling, but the scientifically valid concept of what transpires when white people flee an area that has been overwhelmed with the Black Undertow. All across the nation climate change is discernible and formerly thriving metropolitan areas offer a glimpse into the ecological devestation that follows the abandonment of cities to the debasement of the Black Undertow.
In essence, the Black Undertow is unsustainable, as any equilibrium with nature before its arrival is thrown into disharmony. Green spaces and parks - once a refuge - become unsafe and overgrown with weeds and reprobates, a dereliction of duty by the new Black leadership of the city.
These cities become unsafe for bikers, joggers, dog-walkers and other outdoor (read white people) enthusiasts, individuals with disposable income and a tendency to volunteer -- the kind of people who make good, productive citizens. I've noticed that cities that have a shortage of bikers and joggers tend to be those overwhelmed by the Black Undertow, where neglectful public servants would rather have potholes go unfixed and cities swamped in criminality then attract gentrification that would eventually jeopardize the Black vice on the city. Look no further then Atlanta and Washington D.C. to see the aforementioned dynamic playing out.
Going Green Week at SBPDL does not mean we are going to start eating granola, joining animal rights activists in attacking whaling ships, shopping at Whole Foods with our reusable bag; advocating for solar energy and declare war on the internal combustible engine and always check for our carbon footprint. No. It means that we will point out the greatest ecological threat currently facing America and why it is paramount we finally address it if conservation, environmentalism, a desire to keep water tables high and potable water available to subsequent generations, and, most importantly, to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels to true energy independence.
What is that great ecological threat? The Black Undertow, which has been on display all summer long in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, Kansas City, and other cities and serves as a constant reminder why white people fled into formerly pristine land to create new cities out of the wilderness that will inevitably be consumed by the Black Undertow.
You can recycle all that you consume; buy those new energy saving light bulbs; drive a Prius or some other electric car; but if the Black Undertow problem is not addressed, white people (and other racial groups hoping to raise their children in "good" - read white - areas with thriving schools) will continue building new cities further away from major metropolitan areas.
The Black Undertow makes utilizing public transportation a dangerous proposition (and unattractive), forcing white commuters to spend hours each day driving to and from work. This is yet another reminder of climate change.
Black-Run America (BRA) runs counter to concepts of sustainability and conservation, because the Black Undertow and the continued toleration of its proliferation ensures climate change throughout the nation.
Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, like many ideas for Urban Renewal (well, more like building an economic oasis in the middle of the Black Undertow) are doomed to fail. They are unsustainable.
True conservation is only possible when the Black Undertow is addressed. Perhaps that's why Portland, Seattle, Austin (Texas), Boulder, and Boise have so few Black people...
It should be noted that Kansas City, like so many other cities plagued by Black criminality, will soon implement a curfew. "Curfews" are only needed in times of war, martial law, or when the Black Undertow overwhelms a city.
Efforts for conservation, going green and sustainability are like dust in the wind as long as the Black Undertow is not in the discussion.