Thursday, July 24, 2008

Candidate forum, Part II

State Rep. John Burnett and three-time challenger JJ Rizzo will again square off in a public debate here in Northeast.

The two exchanged several sharp jabs at their last outing at Melrose United Methodist two weeks ago. As the Primary election edges closer, the debate is only expected to get a little more rowdy.

The Forum is at 7 p.m. at Scuola Vita Nuova, 544 Wabash Ave.

The forum is sponsored by non-partisan League of Women Voters Kansas City/Jackson, Clay & Platte Counties and Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

The public is invited.

Free dental screenings

The Kansas City Royals, Willie Wilson Baseball and Team Smile are providing free dental health education, screening and treatment.

The event will be on Saturday, July 26, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Thornberry Unit, located at 3831 E. 43rd Street.

Registration is limited to the first 150 registrations. Appointment times will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Dental screenings will be provided to children ages 5-18.

To secure your child’s appointment you must register with the Boys & Girls Clubs.

What: Free oral health education, screening, and treatment
When: Saturday July 26, 2008 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Thornberry Unit
3831 E. 43rd Street

Appointments will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. To secure your appointment, call Eutisha McClain at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City at 816-361-3600 x237

Take this argument for a walk

This little pooch loves a good walk as much as the next. However, in a recent survey, Northeast fared poorly when it comes to actually grading Northeast’s walking potential.

In a survey done by, a Web site that promotes homes sales in neighborhoods that cater to walking and public transportation, Northeast’s walking score looked rather dim despite the amount of walking that is done by many of its residents throughout the neighborhoods.

Kansas City overall ranked 34th out of 40 major cities surveyed. Researchers at were mostly looking for how reliant residents had to be on their own vehicles or public transportation to get around in their neighborhoods.

Out of a 138 neighborhoods in Kansas City, Northeast’s neighborhood fell mostly in the middle of the pack with many of our streets being deemed unwalkable — mostly meaning you have to have a car to get around.

But what struck this dog as interesting was how looking at the maps generated by the Web site showed some of the most walkable regions of the city are in areas that city leaders think need MORE public transportation and resourced invested for walking traffic.

Already the downtown loop and neighborhoods to the south — all the way to the Plaza — rank as highly walkable and easily accessible through public transportation. But city leaders and the Mayor are ignoring this fact and seem bent on dumping more resources and tax dollars in an area where it really is not needed.

What this map and its data should be telling city leaders is that places like Northeast, where not everyone can afford a car or the gas to fuel it, need light rail, improved bus routs and more resourses, not the Power and lLight District or bars downtown.

In all, here is how Northeast's neighborhood ranked against other neighborhoods in the city:

1 - Old Westport
2 - The Country Club Plaza
3 - Plaza Westport Neighborhood Northeast

24 - Pendleton Heights
25 - Independence Plaza
39 - Indian Mound - South
51 - Lykins
53 - Sheffield
55 - Indian Mound - North
59 - Scarritt-Renaissance
64 - Blue Valley