Kansas City: Beyond the Tipping Point

 

Living in Kansas City today is incredible. Being a Kansas Citian means you are part of something. Something bigger, and exciting, and different. Something to be cherished because it's a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing. Being a Kansas Citian means having pride for your city.

Things in Kansas City are working. We are working.

We have a streetcar running down our streets, World Series and Open Cup champions in our backyard, two of the top five museums in the country. We have world class art and artists, innovative chefs that showcase our local ingredients, talented musicians that add to our rich history, a thriving start-up community, a hip mayor, but most of all we have each other. We are feeling Kansas City and Kansas City is feeling us. 

Kansas City is at a tipping point, and we need to push her over.

When I read the article, “Royals fans are caught between the impossible and entirely possible" by Grant Brisbee in SB Nation prior to Game 3 of the 2016 World Series, I got goosebumps.

"[Royals fans are] waiting in the middle of two Royals realities right now. It's the exhilarating tension between being and becoming."

What I realized, what a lot of us realized, is this isn’t just the verge of a baseball championship, this the verge of Kansas City achieving what we thought was impossible for too many years. 

Kansas City is already a great city. But we are on the verge of being more than a cool city in the middle of the map. We are on the verge of moving from the ‘surprising’ list to the ‘great American cities list.’ 

So now, our challenge: believe in the future, do our part.

We are writing Kansas City's history and the sense that this is a special chapter is real. But the work to keep that chapter engrossing is far from over. Now is the time to push forward, to improve our education, to create jobs, to support local businesses, to erase dividing lines, to get involved in whatever it is you care about.

To quote Malcolm Gladwell:

“Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not, With the slightest push - in just the right place - it can be tipped.” 

It's up to us to tip Kansas City. What can you do to be part of the push?