North Johnson County Shines

Shawnee Mission West has been an embarrassment to most of us living in this city for over 20 years now so this isn't exactly shocking (SM North is another craphole) news.  The media on the other hand are having a hard time grasping the fact that something like this could happen in Overland Park.

The 3 things that one should notice about this specific story
1.  How did a knife get inside the school
2.  The 14 year old boy was autistic
3.  The use of a tazer gun just killed someone yesterday.

More importantly 
The city has spent so much time developing Blue Valley and annexing even more properties south that they have neglected to maintain the property values of anything north of 103rd street.  This seems to be the norm in this town and all that you have to do is look at Raytown, Bannister, Shawnee, Lenexa, Gladstone etc.. to see examples of this and anyone that thinks that Overland Park is immune to this is wrong.  The shrinking attendance and demotion of Shawnee Mission South from 6a to 5a is an indicator that nobody can refute.

Sprawl kills all and the annexation policies of the city and county are going to be the downfall of our county.  Until this city decides to build up and and not out we will be screwed and if you don't act now your hood will be next.

1 comment:

  1. Until building up is cheaper than building out, sprawl will continue. It's not all bad. There are employment clusters other than downtown, which is good.

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