In fact, the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon reached the streets of Kansas City (right in front of the Federal Reserve Bank) last week. The Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading throughout the nation--We Are the 99%-encrusted pins, handwritten signs, shouting protestors and all.
But we're not here to ask you to occupy Wall Street. We're asking you to do something much different.
We are asking you to Reoccupy Main Street. Now that's something that we want to fight for.
It wasn't too long ago that Kansas City's Main Street was buzzing with energy; the progressive era brought life and vibrancy to the city with the implementation of the Country Club Plaza, Ward Parkway, numerous downtown taverns and even TWA. In fact, in the 1940's Kansas City was becoming known as the Crossroads of the World. Take a look at the picture below for proof.
|Main Street, Kansas City, 1936.|
There's no doubt about it; entrepreneurship is booming in Kansas City. It will only be a short matter of time that Main Street is reoccupied with new (and flourishing) small businesses, driven and hard-working entrepreneurs, and disruptive technology startups. But we're going to do much more than just wait for that to happen--we're going to make it happen.
|Downtown Kansas City.|
Written by Allison Way