Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Most Kansas Citians Have Poor Image of City

The Citizen Survey for 2007 has been released by the city. Not surprisingly, KC continues to lag behind most major metropolitan areas in citizen satisfaction.

The survey found that 53% of Kansas Citians have a poor image of the city. The survey seems to suggest that the negative view of the city is likely due in large part to the rampant crime and deterioration of the city's infrastructure.

For example, 76% of respondents were unsatisfied with the overall maintenance of city streets, buildings and facilities. Additionally, 70% feel that the enforcement of city codes and ordinances is not satisfactory.

The majority of citizens are also unhappy with KC's plans for growth. And 64% feel the city is unsafe. Thus, projects like the Power & Blight district and the professional soccer complex coming to Bannister may be dead upon arrival.

The downtown renovations seem to have little impact when it comes to changing the way Kansas Citians feel about going into the city. Almost one quarter of the citizens who responded didn't go downtown even once in the last year. While 77% continue to feel downtown is not a safe place to be after dark.

It would appear there is plenty of blame to go around, so we can't put all these negative opinions at the mayor's feet. 72% of respondents feel that city manager Wayne Cauthen and his appointed staff aren't doing an effective job. The mayor just might have been right in wanting to get rid of Cauthen.

But, it's not all bad news. The vast majority of Kansas Citians think the city is doing a bang up job of keeping the streets well lit, even if they don't feel safe enough to walk them.

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