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Why does DST hate America?

Did that catch your attention? Good.

More old money joins the Committee for Sensitive Transfers — or whatever they're calling themselves now — with a big contribution: Tom McDonnell of DST.

According to Prime Buzz, McDonnell and his company also helped bankroll the 2001 opposition group (it's all the same people now… surprised?). While acting as a mostly positive force in urban core development, DST is the recipient of lots of public subsidies and incentives. This begs the question: Why would McDonnell oppose a project that improves the infrastructure along 14-mile swath of the city?

Your guess is as good as ours, especially when you read this Business Journal quote from 2004:

"For several years, I have envisioned a downtown Kansas City enriched by the cultural and residential presence that I have encountered in other cities in the United States, Canada and Europe."

Yeah, that Europe. It's no coincidence that Europe had roads first and rail later. Why should KC be any different?

2 Comments so far

  1. D October 24th, 2008 9:26 am

    DST, like this post states, has been a force for good in the urban core. So, this does comes as a disappointment. Obviously, DST doesn’t get it. Kudos to those local employers, like Hallmark, that have stepped forward to support the pro light rail campaign.

  2. northlander October 25th, 2008 11:10 pm

    Hallmark because it goes by Halls Crown Center. If they would of let the Casino in at Union Station we could of had some 24 hour night life downtown,and able to keep the maintenance payments up. With low sales tax forecast in the coming months it don’t look good.Look for CLOSING SOON.

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