Saturday, November 04, 2017

Is The Kansas City Blight Fight Working???

Local news celebrates one success story in an ongoing struggle to clean up an estimated 11,000 vacant homes within Kansas City, Missouri before a great many of them burn this coming Winter.

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City hopes restoring blighted homes will attract more people to KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For years, the white house with a grey roof and grey trimming on Forest Avenue has sat empty. The windows were boarded up and the back of the home slowly began to deteriorate as it sat on a list of available homes for sale in Kansas City.

12 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Nobody but a hood wants to move into the hood.

Anonymous said...

It’s not working, land bank sold a bunch of houses over the last two years and the majority of them the new owners haven’t lifted a finger on.land bank won’t put any pressure on the owners because they don’t want the houses back. They don’t even follow up with inspections or phone calls to see if anything is going on. It’s run by city lawyers who play too much golf during the day, they never put in 40 hr work weeks

Anonymous said...

The City thinks because Ted Anderson sued so many defensless, blinsided people in a corrupt, biased Jackson courtroom through eminent domain laws that qualifies him to lead Land Bank. Well, it has been five years. Nothing has changed.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love Kansas Shitty. They go around fucking with the elderly over their grass, trash and wood piles in their yard and then head straight to boon town to waste money on shacks. Must be that white privilege thing, eh?

Anonymous said...

The city only goes after the elderly to improve their number of convictions and increase the fine money they get. the elderly are easy targets for them. They can’t help themselves anymore because they are broke and physically unable to do anything. It’s all a scam to take money from people. They don’t do shit to out of town owners but by god if your an old person and you are a decent human being you’ll answer that phone or return that call to city inspectors who by the way are forced to go after people just for the sake of making city hall happy. This crap has to stop

Anonymous said...

If old people let their property go to shit they're part of the problem too. Age isn't an excuse to let things go to shit. My grandma is 93 and he told house is immaculate. My grandpa has been dead for 17 years so it's not like he's taking care of it. If you can't afford the upkeep, you can't afford the house. Move to an apartment. Plenty of old people keep up their houses. Funny how they don't in the hood.

Hyperblogal said...

You'd be safer buying a trailer home in Syria.

Anonymous said...

9:52 a.m. Wow, thanks for blaming people for getting old. When you reach your 90's (if you do), then you can say with certainty how diligent old folks should be as they try to keep up their homes. And moving into an apartment? Do you know how much they cost to rent? Do you know what the average income is for old people? Find out and then make an intelligent comment. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you can buy one of these places for $200, IF you have the $40-$50,000 on hand to fix the place up to the ever-changing City Requirements in the generous 18-24 month period the City allows!

KC can let the absentee owners neglect these places for decades without lifting a finger, but they do everything they can to screw over anyone trying to do something with one of these shacks.

KSHB used to run stories about the trials and tribulations heaped by various City Departments upon the poor folks who stepped into this trap, but I guess they've downed the Kool-Ade that City Hall dispenses if you want access to their Lofty Sanctorum for news coverage.

Anonymous said...

Here's a suggestion for City Hall.
There is on record an address for the property owner. Send a certified notice to that address outlining the measures required to bring the property up to City Codes, and giving the owner six months to effect the required repairs. If this has not been accomplished in the six months, obtain a Court Order granting City Inspectors entry to the building, inspect it again, and send a second notice to the Address of Record, giving two more months, and secure the premises as uninhabitable. If not corrected after the Final period, FIX THE PLACE UP, BRINGING IT TO CITY CODES! Place a lien on the property for all costs, including monthly interest charges! After one year, Sell the property for unpaid taxes and liens!

Now the purchaser has a property that meets codes, and any losses are borne by the negligent party.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Homesteading Authority is doing great work, and congratulations to this first time homeowner!

Wait for the new grocery store on Linwood said...

Dont forget to vote NO on the airport. City does a great job in neighborhoods... said no one ever!