Letter to Fairway neighborhood says Mission Walmart will attract ‘different class’

A Fairway resident says that when Walmart opens its new store in Mission, people of a "different class" will want to move to neighboring Fairway.
A Fairway resident says that when Walmart opens its new store in Mission, people of a “different class” will want to move to neighboring Fairway.

A letter that arrived at several homes in Fairway’s Fourth Ward last week has many residents scratching their heads, and others downright offended.

The letter appears to be from former Fairway city councilor John Ridenour, and opens with a claim that its author once again feels “the need to work for the betterment of our ward! Our property values are at risk from several directions!!” (Note that we were unable to connect directly with Ridenour to confirm he was the author and distributor of the letter).

The letter warns neighbors that the city is currently considering new zoning laws that “will ruin the ambiance of our neighborhood and our property values BIG TIME!!”

But the real shocker for many recipients came in the following paragraph:

“Walmart is closing it’s [sic] Roeland Park store when the new one is complete at Roe Ave. & Johnson Dr. When that happens all of their customers of the old store will shop at the new one. Our neighborhood will get noticed and some will want to move into it. BE HONEST with yourself. Most of them are of a different class in that they do not feel the desire of a beautiful neighborhood and maintaining property values. When they move in we will start to see junk cars in disrepair in front yards along with other trash, and down will go property values. BIG TIME!!!”

The author asks Ward 4 residents to meet him at the ward meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight at Fairway City Hall.

You can read the full letter below:

https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Ward-4-Letter0001-1.pdf