This is wonderful news. Congratulations to the JCAC.
You're way wrong there Connor. The pedestrian/bike bridge was paid for a long time ago. I paid for it along wil my neighbors, friends, family and lots of other people here in Jefferson City. Our tax dollars belong to us. We have a right to have them spent here. And that is what happened, along with private fund raising, and private donations.
One biker will spend over $100 on a room at a b & b or hotel. That doesn't include their meals, and if they spend a day here and do some sight-seeing, like go on a prison tour, they spend much more. Remember this story is about a fund raiser to help maintain the MSP site.
I have seen bikers at the Doubletree, they stay at the Baymount, our hiker friend stayed at the Truman Hotel. I've met groups of 7 or more retirees biking on the Katy Trail, people from all over the U.S. Families with school age children are coming to Missouri to ride the Katy Trail and experience the communities along the trail. Now that they can safely bike across the MO River they will happily come here and spend the night, eat in our restaurants, and SPEND THEIR MONEY. I spoke to a b & b owner in Hartsburg this evening, she doesn't advertise at all. She's pretty booked with Katy Trail bikers. If a little lady in Hartsburg is fully booked, with no marketing efforts, I promise you Jefferson City is getting a good number of heads in beds as a result of the Katy Trail.
Rob, maybe you would rather turn your back on the opportunity the Katy Trail offers, and the diverse type of people that want to come here and SPEND THEIR MONEY. But me and the motel owners are delighted with the business. Two reasons they come here is (Lifer, stop reading now, step away from the computer) the bike/pedestrian path and Lifer's favorite, the unique historic character of Jefferson City.
Oh, that reminds me, Lifer thinks all this history is rotten. I just saw a news story that mentioned there is one available retail space in the 100 block of High St. Yeah, all that historical stuff is ruining this town, bringing us down...down...down...
One more jab at Lifer, yes those old buildings will be standing in 2023, and some of they will probably make it to 2123. They were built to last, with materials that will stand for 100s of years if properly maintained. We're lucky if what we build now lasts 50 years.
Did someone say something about getting your head out? They must have been talking to you ol Rob. You're watching the wrong part of the bridge. One of these nice days in May or June, park yourself near where the pedestrian/bike path over the river starts, at W. Main and the freeway. Count the bicycle riders going south, from the north side of the river (Katy Trail) to the south side of the river (Jefferson City). There are a diverse group: young, old, middle age, people with kids, people with pets, people from all over the world. Last week there was a guy hiking the whole Katy Trail. He camped at most places, but a few towns and cities he got a hotel room. Jefferson City was one of them. The guy was walking over 200 miles, and he chose to spend a night in Jefferson City. People are coming to Jefferson City via the Katy Trail, and they are doing so because we have something to offer: great restaurants, unique night spots (Prison Brews, the Mission, Cork) even desirable desserts: Zestos, Central Dairy, Yo Yums. Oh, and did I mention they have money to spend?
Support the Discover Jefferson City Foundation, and you support a group of people working hard to preserve a major attraction - MSP. They are trying to prevent the place from deteriorating, and this fund raiser helps them with that effort. The better the MSP site is for tours, the more people we get here who want to spend their tourism dollars here.
You don't need to change any laws or constitution to take advantage of heritage tourism dollars. Studies have shown that people visitng a city for heritage tourism spend more than other tourists. We get much more of those dollars (via money going to businesses that pay employees, taxes, buy supplies and services here) than we would with many other more expensive attractions.
Like Mel said, this is a fundraiser. My husband and I did this a year ago. We wanted to support Discover Jefferson City, and we wanted to experience the ride. It was great. I encourage others to do it this year. In past years it was so popular they sold out.
When I read the comments people have made about this event, I suspect that the other posters have a problem with me and with people like me who think this was a worthwhile thing to support. People don't think twice about spending over $100/person at a concert, professional sporting events, casinos, college games, etc. But God forbid that the CVB or Chamber should sponsor an event that costs $100, because then they are the evil empire.
Some of you guys are a self fulfilling prophesy. You wine and moan about how awful it is here, no one wants to live here, there's nothing to do, blah, blah, blah. But when someone tries to do something to make Jefferson City better (like the Discover Jefferson City Foundation) and you wine and moan about what they are doing and how they are doing it. Who on earth would consider moving here when there's a bunch of cry babies posting the stuff you guys post on this forum. You make all of us look bad. Shame on you.
DD7, why do you say Gov. Nixon passed a bill to tear down the old MSP site? There are 142 acres on the site, the original master plan showed a campus of office buildings, a campus of retail/hotel/restaurants, and other things, with the most historically significant buildings restored. This newest plan to build a new state office building should be quite doable without destroying any historical buildings.
We absolutely need to keep the historic buildings on the site.
To the News Tribune, you need to have a permanent link to the 2001 Master Plan for the MSP site, adopted by the MSP Redevelopment Commission. I am sure you can pull that off. It would assist people in understanding what was planned for the site.
Well, let's try and discuss the content of the article, shall we? It sounds like an interesting book. Usually books like this are expensive, but it does cost a lot to publish historical books, especially if there are lots of photos.
I'm looking forward to getting it. Jerena Giffen wrote The House on Hobo Hill, in 1964, which was the history of Jefferson City schools up to that point. I'm not sure you can find a copy to buy now.
Michelle Brooks does a great job writing for the News Tribune.
I've heard good things about Nick's, but haven't gotten there. I've also heard that the golf course over by the Katy Trail Trailhead has good food.
Hopefully I'll get to both places this season.
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