It's true, the cronies hoping to hit it big on the massive $1.2 billion overhaul of KCI hit a road block yesterday when the Friends of KCI group announced they had obtained enough signatures to force a public vote on the project that nobody but politicians and contractors want. So the KC Star's Yael Abouhalkah came up with a better idea than letting the people decide how their tax money is squandered.
Build the new KCI in Kansas where no pesky citywide vote can get in the way.
Yael's reasoning is that a recent study of who uses KCI showed that 51% were from Kansas and only 43% from MO. In fact, only 20% were from the city of KC, one of the largest populations hubs in the metro. On top of that, the population growth on the Kansas side of the border continues to grow at a rate faster than Missouri, which means the growing trend of KCI flyers being from Kansas will continue.
To be fair, Yael does point out that building a new airport on the Kansas side is likely to cost more than the $1.2 billion estimate for rebuilding at the current location.
I have a few more good reasons:
KC already has a near useless out dated airport in the heart of downtown. Do we really need a second out in the northern boondocks?
Upwardly mobile, JoCo fat-cats like myself don't want your noisy, jets polluting our pristine Johnson County air and depressing our home values.
Oh yeah, then there is that whole thing about the current KCI being the most convenient and secure of all U.S. airports to consider. Or the fact the Southwest doesn't want a new KCI. Or the fact that similar airport overhaul projects have failed to meet inflated predictions.