Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Studying The Tragic Kansas City Vacants

KCUR optimism and UMKC Kangaroo naivete offer this survey of all the nice crackhouse spots and dead body dumping points in this cowtown: "There are thousands of vacant lots in Kansas City, Mo., including at least 3,000 parcels in the city’s Land Bank, and most of them are located east of Troost Avenue. A team of University of Missouri-Kansas City students spent the semester investigating vacancy and mapping out creative solutions."

16 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does the "land bank" and other programs, revolve around niggers? Hell, they're what created the problem to begin with... In fact, most of Kansas City revolves around the fucking niggers!

Miss Sweetie Pie said...

Mr.n-word guy,
Even though it looks kind of cloudy, it just might turn out to be a beautiful day in KC. Do enjoy your day!

Anonymous said...

Of what value is a vacant lot in a crime infested area where decent houses sell for a few thousand dollars? It costs 100K to build almost anything and you can buy a decent house in those areas for 1/4 of that. Only some politician might think it a good idea to build.

Anonymous said...

The Land Bank is a tad difficult to deal with. The old Land Trust valued vacant lots at about .08 per sq. ft. The Land Bank values the lots at 2/3rds of what the arbitrary number the county puts the assessed value at. They don't seem to realize that in the parts of town where there are vacant lots, they're vacant for a reason--no one wants to build on them. The Land Trust was difficult to deal with, but it could be done. The Land Bank seems more inclined to hold on to property (keeping it a responsibility of the city to maintain) than it is to let go of it. I guess they're thinking there's going to be a sudden surge in value for that vacant land.

Anonymous said...

7:19am is right on the money.
NO ONE is going to build anything or invest any money in an area of such high crime, violence, and murders. And public safety IS actually a responsiblity of city government, NOT building houses and grocery stores, wringing their hands over the "digital divide" of Google fiber, or wasting millions on make-work projects like the Green Impact Zone.
FIRST, make the neighborhoods safer for the few people who already live there, most of who are low income and elderly. Then it might be possible for some private money to actually invest in building houses and commercial buildings east of Troost.
But right now, if you talk with investors and developers, they're just waiting for it all to fall down and then start buying property cheap on the west edge and gradually move east from there.
Doing the same thing over and over again and at great expense to the taxpayer is totally irresponsible public insanity.

Anonymous said...

The new Land Bank rose from the disastrous ashes of the last KCMO housing authority through which millions of dollars simply disappeared into thin air.
So it might be good to take a really close look at the names involved this time around, not just on the "board", but also in the rings of influence around any formal organization.
And just WHO on the council is going to provide any oversight to this latest go-around?

Anonymous said...

Well 7:14, it is indeed, a glorious day and one without niggers. Those kind are the best.

Anonymous said...

If the Land Bank would just let go of these lots cheap, maybe they could get the neighbors to buy them. That way the city would not have to mow and the people who would buy them would pay tax on them. Holding on to vacant lots in the inner city makes about as much sense as building a streetcar. Oh, wait...

Anonymous said...

8:16: True, but that's a stated goal, and if the lots are larger than a certain size, there's no discount, so there's not much of an incentive for anyone--even neighbors.

Anonymous said...

There are so many vacant buildings because the white flight of previous decades has become generalized, multi-ethnic flight. Everybody of whatever race (excepting some rich people and hipsters) wants to get the hell out of KCMO if they can. Can't blame them. My black and Mexican neighbors are here in JoCo for the same reason everybody else is: safer streets that actually get plowed when it snows, and decent schools. Shocking as it may be to some people who hang out on this blog, quite a few of us white folks are happy to have them here.

Anonymous said...

Was Mensa boy involved in the creation of the Land Bank? It's a lot like the streetcar. If we build it they will ride. If you price vacant lots high, they will buy.

Abcnkc said...

Coloring in school is not adult life, maybe they can find a great old house to live in for a few years to learn life's real lessons.

I was young and idealistic once also. Maybe things have changed enough to make this all possible. I wish them good luck.

Anonymous said...

Just one example of why the Land Bank is not working. The following is listed as asking $64K:

"4 Bedroom 2 bath single family residence. Property is in severe disarray and needs many repairs to bring it up to code. Property could also be demolished and used for new construction... ."

Right. Someone is going to buy this, tear it down, and build a new house. Dream on.

Right. Buy

Anonymous said...

Yep. Sounds like Mensa boy was involved. Shoulda stuck to the streetcar.

Anonymous said...

Once the usual suspects get involved, none of this will have anything to do with accomplishing anything more than funneling into thin air.
Look at the names involved, watch any of the elected officials look the other way, and then try to follow the money.
By the time anyone noticed what happened last time, the city owed the Feds tens of millions.
No results; no accountability; no consequences.
KCMO government at its best.

Anonymous said...

This would be a perfect place for Caleb-Michael Files. Remember, he hates cars. He can just put up a tent and live off the land.