Some people got up in arms, suggesting that a $1.2 billion project would be another Kansas City construction boondoggle. Others said KCI is a drab, lonely, inefficient space that needs a face-lift.
Then Kansas City Mayor Sly James did what big-city mayors often do when some new project creates a stir. He convened a task force full of people to talk about it
and make a recommendation at some future date. The city can follow those recommendations or ignore them.
Talk died down a bit after that, which is part of the beauty of a task force.
Now that task force, called the Airport Terminal Advisory Group, wants to hear your opinion if you have nowhere else you need to be, like at a job, at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The task force is meeting on the 26th floor of City Hall (414 E. 12th St.), opening up its get-together for public comment at 8 a.m. People are asked to limit their comments to two minutes.
If that time is lousy for you, the city promises to hold town-hall-style meetings early in 2014 to solicit further public comment.
For a refresher on the issue, read this
. Or watch a recent episode from KCPT's Ruckus,
in which they briefly revisited the matter. It's worth watching if for no other reason than to see R. Crosby Kemper III, the Kansas City Library CEO, get visibly annoyed at Kansas City Star
columnist Yael Abouhalkah's cheerleading for a revamped KCI. Follow this link
. The KCI discussion starts about six minutes in.
Earlier this year, there was all this talk about whether Kansas City International Airport should be reconfigured into a one-terminal facility.