« on: July 07, 2013, 07:32:28 pm »
As a KC born and raised member, I believe KC has continued to falter time and time again by following "what every other similar city does" attitude. This can go back to the revitalization of downtown while sacrificing the city's schools, including Power and Light, gentrification of Northeast, Strawberry Hill, the Crossroads, trolley car plan (?) and the current plan to follow other mid-size hubs and airports in fly-over-country and reduce our excellent airport to one hub instead of three.
Perry, I appreciate your perspective, and I too have been around and seen a bit of the world and how others do it. I don't think it is just to discredit your limited disc golf experience in KC either. I do, however, disagree with your opinion on pay-to-play. Our courses are among the top in the country, and hence the world, due to the PEOPLE and cooperation with local governments. The people are what make this place great. The need for the dolla-dolla-bill-y'all is not what makes disc golf here. It is the abundance of the dollars that made the parks and green space possible. Now it is on us to make something of it, and in my opinion, we are getting better not worse.
Privatization has done nothing good for government services in recent history, and I fear that ultimately pay-to-play leads to private, not public and the consumer, free or not, gets screwed. We have got a great thing going here. Let's make it better. Who says we want to be like other cities? We are already doing a great job. I am no elitist and that is where pay-to-play takes us.
Thoughts on Old Pike as a pay-to-play course?