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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wichita City wants new hotel—their last one is going broke

 From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;
Wichita doesn’t have any public transportation after 6pm. They lack a lot of services. But not when it comes to investing public money in downtown hotels.
According to The Wichita Eagle, the city will spend $30 million on a hotel on the southeast corner of Douglas and Broadway. Some citizens have launched the Wichita Petition drive to try to stop this money from being spent.
According to Voice for Liberty in Wichita;
“Wichita petition drive nears end
by Bob Weeks on December 1, 2011
It’s been a lot of work. Wichita city leaders ought to take notice that citizens are so opposed to their actions that they will venture out in winter to gather signatures in opposition.”

But the Wichita City Council seems to take care of those who pay for their campaigns, the local developers. Most likely they will just ignore the petition.
The city has allowed a growth program that encouraged people to move out to the edge of town and now mega marts and huge shopping centers are located at such places as 21st and Maize.
Now they wonder why they can’t revitalize downtown. They city has already launched a 10-year $2.4 billion capital improvements plan on the city-owned Hyatt Wichita, amidst a mountain of spiralling debt, according to The Wichita Eagle.
So far the Hyatt was supposed to be a part of a water-walk development that now looks like a huge white elephant. There are a few businesses along the river, such as a sporting good store, but not enough to draw people to a high profile hotel in that area.
The city also has a 10-year capital improvements plan, such as a new Mid-Continent Airport terminal, a new downtown library and the east Kellogg extension. The City Council is depending on a combination of sales tax-backed general obligation bonds and state and federal funding.
Once again we see the incompetence of city leaders who have grand ideas, listen to developers, and ignore the average people and their needs.

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