Blue Springs mayor who supported a bike-friendlier city leaves office

Greg Grounds, Blue Springs mayor who supported smart growth policies and transportation alternatives, has been voted out of office by 67 votes, according to a KCStar story:

He also had a role in insisting on professionalism at City Hall, preparing Adams Dairy Parkway for development, initiating the city charter, getting rid of strip joints, supporting public art, starting Channel 7 and blanketing the city with bike paths.

“When I came into office,” he said, “we didn't even require sidewalks.”

That was a long time ago, 1990, when the city had only about 39,000 residents. Today, Grounds estimates the population at slightly over 50,000. That's a lot of growth, but his opponents, many of them developers, insisted that it wasn't enough. Steiner said it was time for change, and 4,667 voters agreed.

That was a long time ago, 1990, when the city had only about 39,000 residents. Today, Grounds estimates the population at slightly over 50,000. That's a lot of growth, but his opponents, many of them developers, insisted that it wasn't enough. Steiner said it was time for change, and 4,667 voters agreed.