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March 21, 2008

Another bad day for one of the city’s premiere neighborhoods.

Filed under: kansas city — Tags: , , — akcb @ 2:14 am

And another rolling gun battle, this time in the heart of Brookside.

Some friends from Brookside are always making fun of my neighborhood and joking about locking their car doors when they come over. I mean, sure, I can’t keep a potted plant on my porch for more than three days, and if you move too slowly some Crack Creature will steal the fillings out of your teeth to sell to the scrap metal place down on Troost, but today I’m content not to live in Brookside.

What resident’s of the city’s “nicer” neighborhoods and suburbs seem to forget is that if you live anywhere in the metro, there’s a really good chance that you’re living near people who have no money, few opportunities and little to lose. It’s easy to bag on Midtown, Downtown & the dreaded “East Side,” but as the economy sinks further into the crapper (until the Miracle Checks save us all!), I predict an upswing in violent crime in “safe” neighborhoods whose residents always considered themselves far removed from violence & despair. As the divide between “us” & “them” narrows, maybe we can work together to give everyone a leg up. But we’ll probably just build bigger fences, get fancier alarms systems and piss & moan about the “way things used to be.”

Damn, I used a lot of double quotes in this post.


  1. I live in Brookside and I never lock my car doors. The trick is to never leave anything worth stealing in your car. My wife ALWAYS locks her car doors.

    So one night a thief hits all the cars on the street. My wife’s window gets broken out, but nothing to steal. The bad guy just broke the window, rummaged around the car and left. They went to my car next. Opened the door, rummaged around and left.

    So the moral of the story is, DON’T lock your car.

    Oh, do they really steal your plants or where you just joking?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 22, 2008 @ 12:58 am

  2. Yeah, plant theft is a spring & early summer tradition in big parts of Midtown. Longfellow & Hyde Park are usually hit pretty hard. I think they take them to the flea market to sell. This spring I’m thinking of stamping “This plant was stolen from ” on my pots and see if its a deterrent. Our CAN officer told the neighborhood association that they caught a family of plant thieves in Hyde Park last summer. It sucks, but that’s life in the big city.

    Comment by spooneb — March 22, 2008 @ 2:41 am

  3. You can always move out to small-town Kansas where the sex offenders thrive!

    Comment by LA — March 24, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

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