Is a rivalry brewing between Westport and Power & Light? - KCTV5

Is a rivalry brewing between Westport and Power & Light?

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This is the time of year when there's plenty of attention on rivalries like Kansas and Kansas State. But there's another rivalry that has some folks in Kansas City talking.

This rivalry is between two entertainment districts in the metro: Westport and Power and Light.

"Oh my gosh, that is wonderful," said Janet Bloom, the owner of Tea Drops in Westport as she looked at a picture of a sign that was posted in her area Friday morning.

Bloom didn't even see the sign that said "Westport congratulates you on avoiding the Kansas City Power and Light District". A picture of it was shared on social media and it appears to have been right outside her door.

"But it is true because Westport has been really quiet and we appreciate any business we can get. Done tongue and cheek, I don't think it (the sign) was mean-spirited at all," she said.

Bloom also has a Tea Drops shop downtown, and she's noticed a difference in sales in the two stores.

"When people are here and there's a hustle and bustle and energy, it just helps the whole area," she said.

When Elijah Carter, who has only lived in Kansas City for a few months, saw a picture of the sign, he approved.

"Here you can sit back and relax," he said. "To see something like that is really refreshing. I think it's a really classy way to state something that a lot of Kansas Citians feel."

The sign was taken down by Friday afternoon. The Westport Regional Business League said it does not know who put it up or any of the other signs that have been popping up in the area.

Another sign KCTV5 caught in the area showed a cartoon Superman in his signature flying pose with the caption "Changing Station Straight Ahead." All appear to be professionally made and are usually attached to posts that also hold parking signs.

The business league said when they see a sign that does not belong, it will be removed.

"I think it probably inspires him to keep doing it and I'm sure they'll probably keep showing up," said Jess Jones, who lives in Westport.

Jones adds that he knows who is making the signs.

"It's not me I swear," he said. "It's creative people taking an initiative to take their own money and make people laugh or make people think really."

While the sign maker remains a mystery, Power and Light did not get back to KCTV5 to comment on the story. But people in Westport say supporting P& L and showing Westport a little love overall helps the city.

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