The day we’ve all waited for is finally upon us: after an unrelenting crush of forums, receptions, and appearances, Dowtowners have an opportunity to voice your opinion for city council representatives and mayor for the coming stages of a newly energized downtown. I encourage you all to vote on June 23, 6am-7pm, and to remain engaged with the process in the days and weeks to come. The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5:00pm today, June 22, downstairs in Union Station with the Board of Election Commissioners.
The growth in size and energy downtown in the last decade has been significant, with acceleration in the last few years remarkable. The increased engagement and participation by downtown residents in municipal boards and commissions has increased the impact and relevance of the downtown voice. The continued involvement of all Downtowners — through attending hearings and public information meetings, voting, and providing feedback to the council, mayor, and city manager — is vital to the success of plans underway to make downtown and the entire city a premiere destination to live, work, and play.
Much has been made of the abysmal voting behavior of this city and its young people in particular. In the most recent primary, only 10 percent of registered voters turned up, and the turnout among the “under 30” set was little better than a rounding error. I embrace the notion that our elected officials take the views of all citizens seriously, but they must know and hear those views.
Transportation solutions that yield positive outcomes for visitors and residents of downtown are important, as are clear and prudent rules governing business. The city must hear from you on how to proceed with this and other issues. Share your thoughts at the polls and in person. I would again encourage to you make a plan to vote on June 23rd. The success of your downtown depends on it.
Your vote works for you
Your "I voted" sticker is worth something! Downtown residents can show their sticker Tuesday night at Cleaver & Cork in the Power and Light District for a free drink courtesy of DNA. Any KCMO resident can show their sticker for drink specials at Kelly's in Westport.