Friday, July 25, 2014

Kansas City Stays Losing Vacant Blight Fight

A rare fact check on yet another local broken promise . . . Despite pledge, dangerous buildings still stand in Kansas City . . . "Officials concede they are only halfway to meeting the goal they set for themselves two years ago to tear down 1,000 dangerous buildings."

8 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Threee points:
Sly is little more than a PR hack and couldn't care less about trying to actually be the mayor and help govern KCMO.
The reason there is an endless exodus from the east side is because of the violence and crime and the consistently terrible school district.
When KCMO can borrow $10 million for streetcar planning and then make interst-only payments by stealing money from PIAC funds, the observation that the city has a shortage of money is laughable.
The folks running the show don't care about residents having to live for years after dilapidated buildings unless and until their block becomes a route for visitors and media for the All Star Game, and then that derelict house comes down in a heartbeat.
Hendricks is probably hoping to interview people who he thinks are inside the fake storefronts at 18th and Vine.
Don't any of the "reporters" at the Star have any real idea of what's going on?

Anonymous said...

Hmm.....I seem to recall an obese Mayor staging a media photo-op with him in the cab of a backhoe, tearing down a dilapidated building. That was a long time ago!

I guess tearing down unsafe/condemned structures for community safety and improvement just doesn't compare to promoting a TOY TRAIN that is unnecessary and cost exorbitant.

Anonymous said...

The first comment on this post is right on the money! Especially the points made on the streetcar raid on taxpayer funds that could be used to take care of the vacant property issue. Take a look at the KCPT WIR interview that featured Sly during the mayoral campaign against Burke in which they drove thru a trash filled Marbough neighborhood. Mr James made many promises to change the way city hall would respond and clean up this neighborhood. The conditions are still the same - FIRE Shulte, Woods, and James for poor performance!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with all of the previous comments. I believe that if the city was interested in stemming blight, there would be aggressive codes enforcement and campaigns for residents to clean up their property. Use the media to focus on building a mindset of having a safe, clean city. Codes enforcement should be driven by doing what is necessary to get rid of blight and not by complaints. Complaints are made if residents believe the complaint will be addressed.

Anonymous said...

Come on, tearing down vacant buildings is boring, no ribbons to cut, no shovels to turn. Besides, these houses are in black neighborhoods so no one important cares. If some black Rev gets upset we will throw him a few dollars and he will shut up. The Star reports on this then moves on to supporting the streetcar so why should we bother?

Anonymous said...

My vote … NO Streetcar expansion; NO MODOT tax; YES for improved Neighborhoods & Schools; NO second term for Sly, Wagner, Davis, Glover, and Brooks - New Council need to FIRE City Manager & Economic Development Director!

Anonymous said...

What a JOKE the City's Neighborhood Plan http://kcmo.gov/neighborhoods/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2013/12/NeighborhoodActionPlansFinal.pdf

Wouldn't be great if we had a serious newspaper in this town to investigate how taxpayers are being screwed?

Anonymous said...

A gallon of gas and a match would go a long way to clearing up some blight.