Chris Bembynista 
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Re: “Kansas City's 'Golden Age' showers down

I know I have posted like 800 comments on here so far, but I am just so fascinated by what I see here. The idea that anyone would say anything positive about the city clearly provokes some sort of immense anger and resentment in some people. Yet for the life of me I cannot figure out why this gets such a rise out of a certain group of people-and these same people will vigorously defend their position as though it were a political or religious belief. I mean you really have to wonder what has made these people so mad and so passionate about this position. One can understand having civic pride or a passion for making the city a better place, yet none of this is apparent in the cynical comments posted on this page or any of the aforementioned articles. It seems that the only goal for these people is to destroy even the most minimal amount of optimism in this city. Yet it is really bizarre IMO to have this level of commitment to such a backwards thought process that has no constructive value. I really get a kick out of how this group of people will tend to single out Kansas City as though its situation is so unusual that it is the only city that has whatever problem(s) they bring up. Yet these same people cannot actually bring up specific beefs they have nor can they actually point to how these problems are any different than those faced by other cities.
If Mr. Packham lives in NY now, why did he go through the trouble to write a rebuttal about some blog editorial in a city where he no longer lives? Yet he does not bring up anything about New York such as it being one of the most economically unequal and racially segregated cities in the nation (yes, worse than KC), not to mention that Gov. Cuomo wants to spend billions to build the world’s largest convention center, despite all of this (could you imagine the hysteria if this happened here), plenty of stuff to work with here, when he writes an equally scathing article about NY I would be more than happy to listen to what he has to say about KC.

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Posted by Chris Bembynista on 01/19/2012 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Kansas City's 'Golden Age' showers down

I am laughing, I'm laughing because I cannot believe that anyone actually believes this cynical bullshit about the city, personally, though if you give me racecars and a gentrified district of overpriced theme bars I'm perfectly happy. (to quote Joel Shields)

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Posted by Chris Bembynista on 01/19/2012 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Kansas City's 'Golden Age' showers down

To say that somehow because there is, for example, crime in the city that somehow Kansas City does not deserve such praise is ignoring reality. I have no doubt that there are many people this city that do not live well to say the least, but that does not change the fact that this city is full of rich amenities and tremendous opportunity. On that matter, what city does not deal with crime? Even cities that are considered so fabulous by our own local media have a great deal of crime in them, and yet these cities are reaped with praise by our own local and national media, despite these same people beating KC over the head with the same numbers that would show that these cities are rather close to Kansas City in terms of violent crime. A look at those crime rankings that get covered to death around here (even though positive rankings often go ignored, but that is another issue) would reveal that Baltimore, a city often praised for its revitalization is #11, Washington is right next to Kansas City, big wonderful Atlanta is 25, Indianapolis (which one blogger on here went out of his way to praise at the expense of KC last year, despite the fact that they have spent billions on a 1000 room hotel and expanded convention center, and despite the fact that this same blogger has criticized KC for trying to do the same thing) is 30, Philly is 31 (despite national praise for the revitalization of the city center area), even big wonderful Minneapolis is 48 (this is despite the fact that our local media has praised this city to death, I have never heard them mention this fact about Minneapolis, I guess they ignore reality too.) What I am trying to say is, yes, of course the crime rate here should be lower, but to say that somehow because of the crime rate the city cannot have a "golden age" is a little absurd and, again, ignores reality.

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Posted by Chris Bembynista on 01/18/2012 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Kansas City's 'Golden Age' showers down

I know, it's terrible isn't it that someone praises the city, right? God, we can't have that. In fact it is so bad that a point for point rebuttal is required. So brilliant.

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Posted by Chris Bembynista on 01/18/2012 at 12:00 PM

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