Royals Fan and Business Owner Speaks Out on Stadium Sales Tax Vote and the Vibrancy of the Crossroads District

Businesses in Crossroads District maintain optimism as voters determine fate of sales tax proposal.

As a journalist, I had the opportunity to speak with Matt Adkins, a Kansas City Royals fan for 12 years who has recently decided that he may have attended his last Royals game due to recent events. He owns a business in the Crossroads District called The Pairing and is focused on maintaining stability amid the uncertainty surrounding a stadium sales tax vote.

Adkins expressed his concerns about the tension that has been rising in the past week, which has been keeping him up at night and causing him to experience heightened anxiety about the situation. He also shared his optimism, despite his worries, and emphasized the importance of solidarity with other business owners in the area who are feeling terrified, sleep-deprived, and mentally strained amidst the ongoing developments.

Jill Cockson, owner of Chartreuse Saloon, is another business owner in the Crossroads District who is closely monitoring the outcome of the vote while continuing to operate her business as usual. She views this vote as a critical turning point that will determine the next phase for businesses like hers in the Crossroads. Cockson highlighted the importance of maintaining the neighborhood’s status as a hub for culture and arts in Kansas City.

As we spoke with these two individuals, it became clear that their strength lies not only in their physical structures but also in their people. They believe that residents are resilient, creative, and hard-working individuals who contribute to its vibrancy. While they may not have large financial resources, their passion and determination make them an essential part of what makes the Crossroads a unique and thriving community.

As a journalist, I had the opportunity to speak with Matt Adkins, a Kansas City Royals fan for 12 years who has recently decided that he may have attended his last Royals game due to recent events. He owns a business in the Crossroads District called The Pairing and is focused on maintaining stability amid…

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