According to Paynter's article, the building occupied by XO is 300 feet from Jim Grow's home. Should XO and the rest of Westport be responsible for Grow's negligence in not researching the neighborhood properly before making a home purchase? If Grow didn't see the incredibly large building that is XO, he is blind or he didn't look. Either way, it's the fault of no one but himself. Jeff Holloway's airport analogy was especially apt. Logical people don't buy homes in Tiffany Springs and then insist that the airport be moved or shut down to accommodate their whimsy.
Westport has been the city's nightclub district for decades -- why would a person who is disturbed by nightlife willfully choose such an area? As an occasional patron of XO, I can certify that the club's music is sufficiently quiet to enable normal-volume conversation at the front door. Even at the bar area near the dance floor, I rarely have to raise my voice when placing a drink order.
People like Jim Grow and his cronies should put their homes on the market and move to a place that tolerates whining bastards who are looking to capitalize on a situation they chose to put themselves in. No one is forcing Jim Grow to stay, and frankly, I'd be happy to see him go.
Kansas City, Missouri
About ten years ago, a man got mad at one of my tenants over an on-street parking dispute, and he took a listing of my properties to the city, wanting the city to cite me. It seemed like a good thing for the city to take a look. It has been a witch-hunt ever since. Properties all around mine are worse but not bothered.
The citations are usually minor -- a missing downspout, trash and debris, storage of unapproved items, a car not tagged or parked on a nonhard surface, peeling paint, a cracked window. We would have gotten to many of these things in time anyway. And many times, something across the street would be worse. The two houses that were torn down were fire jobs, and I couldn't fix them fast enough for the city.
I think Logan did a pretty good job in the last part of the article. I think [his article] does indicate that my properties were singled out and cited when others were not bothered.
A point he missed is that as people buy into these older areas at low prices, then spend bundles upgrading, then want their neighbors to upgrade -- this pushes the prices up, and the poor have to leave. Many of the poor don't make $25,000 a year, and they need low-cost housing. Is it fair for the man with the money to kick the poor out of their affordable housing?
I do not expose myself at City Hall, wear my pants crotch-down to my knees or consider myself snot-nosed.
I also do not feel that I cause blight, therefore I am not the Captain thereof.
Kansas City, Missouri
1. Hella props to you guys for cold bustin' out the TIF money that should go for the ATA Bus(ted) system but instead is going to developers' pockets (Casey Logan's "Busted," October 23). I'm sure the bus system could use all the tax money and then some. I, too, thought that all the tax money was going to the bus system. But Logan's story told how wrong I and most of your readers were for thinking this. I'm starting to think that TIF should stand for This Is Fu***d!
2. Again, mad props to the Pitch for exposing the free family and friends lunch program at City Hall (Joe Miller's "Hey, Big Spender," October 30). Maybe that's why my ass stays narrow -- 'cause I can't eat all I want and have taxpayers pay for it.
3. And finally, I died laughing on the Sewer Creek Duck Derby race between the rat and the ducks (Kansas City Strip, October 30). I, too, was pulling for the rat to win. I wonder, whose idea was it to have a "derby" in something that resembles four elephants' bath water? How much alowack were they on? (Alowack -- the process of being on ALcOhol, Weed, and crACK all at the same time.)
Keep up the good work. Some of us appreciate your magazine.
Kansas City, Missouri
I am a Puddle of Mudd fan and think Nathan did a wonderful job not only in giving Mr. Scantlin the credit he deserves but also in shedding some light on the people left behind, the ones who feel betrayed. However, it seems to all boil down to the one who wanted it the most, the one who put in the most time and effort and got to taste the fruits of his efforts. I'm sure in another scenario, Mr. Scantlin would have helped out his friends, but business just isn't like that.
I would also like to comment on the picture posted with the article, which I am not so fond of. Drawing parallels between Wes Scantlin and Jesus Christ is inappropriate and really distasteful. I am not a religious person, but I am almost offended by that picture.
Mudd wrestling: The Letters section of the December 11 issue has people either slamming or supporting Puddle of Mudd. One letter slams on other area bands and says that the labels have already come here and liked nothing. This is actually not true. I just returned from L.A., where we were setting up a tour, and was told by many people that A&R reps have not been to KC for many years -- since the early '90s, actually. So to put down area bands is ridiculous. We all work as hard as anyone in the music scene -- known or not.
I love it when a local band makes it big. However, Wes and his mom are trying so hard to convince us how great it is that this Kansas City band has made it big, but this is not a Kansas City band. Period. It's a handpicked Fred Durst boy band from the West Coast with a former Kansas Citian as a singer. We are all sick of the bullshit lies with all the local media saying hometown band makes good and local band makes it big when this is not a band from here. Period. No amount of lies will change this. By the way, Wes wasn't even living here when he signed this deal with Durst and Co. I have no ill feelings about it other than the fact that all of us in Kansas City bands are tired of having a band that isn't even from here rubbed in our faces.
Jealous? No. I am not, and many of my friends in other local bands aren't, either. Glad the guy found a way to make it, but he moved out of KC to make it happen, like many, many people before him. We are happy for our fellow musicians when they break out ... Get Up Kids, anyone? Go Generation? Tech N9ne? Esoteric? Origin? All friends of ours, and all doing great.
Kansas City, Missouri