Saturday, July 15, 2017

Broken Windows Theory Reality Check: Will We Ever Clear Kansas City Vacant Houses?!?

The promise of community cleanup has been thrown around for nearly half decade with scant progress despite some important legislative work . . . Here's the latest try:

New law takes aim at abandonment in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Metro woman who has spent decades on the same block is excited to watch her street return to what is was during her childhood. A new Missouri law is cracking down on those who own abandoned homes and lots in KCMO, and neighbors are thrilled.

4 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Slie can't do everything

Anonymous said...

The city has had a vacant and rental registry site since 2008 according to their website, this won't do jack if the city attorneys don't enforce it and besides these people won't use it because there is no penalty

Anonymous said...

12:31pm hits the nail on the head.
Whatever state statutes may apply have to be monitored and enforced locally and there's been no interest in KCMO in this issue for decades. And there still isn't.
Which is one of the reasons so many neighborhoods are the way they are.
Also, if the levels of violence, crime, and even murders stay the same in these neighborhoods, which the city also ignores, no one with any sense is going to buy and renovate any properties like this.
All this abandonment took place for very good reasons and folks aren't coming back unless and until big big changes are made.

Silverback Sly said...

...or anything