Ridership for the toy train has plummeted since the pandemic and locals are too scared of COVID-19 to risk a downtown jaunt in order to enjoy overpriced drinks.
However . . .
New designs offer a glimpse at the end game of the Kansas City toy train.
A KANSAS CITY CASINO HOPES TO SERVE AS THE STREETCAR LAST STOP!!!
Don’t get it twisted . . . This idea actually makes sense given that vice & gambling have always funded this town’s construction game.
Still, the streetcar transforming into a glorified casino shuttle in the midst of the COVID economic depression isn’t exactly an optimistic vision of the future and certainly makes it clear that advocates of the controversial light rail scheme were never out to save the world.
Of course there’s risk that comes with this plan . . . A few casinos have been forced to declare bankruptcy and shut down or sell out in recent years . . . Still, the number of cowtown gambling dens that rolled “snake eyes” isn’t anywhere close to all of the local suckers who have been driven into the poor house because they couldn’t control their betting addiction.
Accordingly, here’s a peek at the designs and a reminder that the “new” economy isn’t so very different from “classic” models which also took money from fools who didn’t deserve to keep it.
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KC Biz Journal: $61M Casino KC renovation could include restaurant, hotel and streetcar stop
A peek at impressive drawings . . .
Deets on big plans to lure back Kansas City compulsive gamblers:
“Rhode Island-based Bally’s Corp., formerly known as Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc., seeks to build a 35,596-square-foot modernized retail and dining addition in front of the existing casino off Front Street, according to documents uploaded Friday to the city’s development database.
“New plans depict a seven-story, 150-room hotel in place of what previously was delineated as space for bars and a spa, as part of a second development phase.
“An expansion of the casino’s existing parking garage will see its 609 spaces doubled, with an additional 162 spaces bolstering the current 384-space western parking lot — bringing the property to 1,946 spaces total, up from 1,175.
“The new plan also would build an amphitheater in the southwest corner, behind the existing casino sign. Rounding out the proposal are a future streetcar stop and terminus just north of the parking lot.”
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