Friday, June 01, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TOP ECHELON INSIDER EXPLAINS HOW THE KANSAS CITY HOUSING CRISIS IS KILLING OVERLAND PARK!!!
Not all but many suburbanites believe that the problems confronting low-income residents of Kansas City, Missouri are nothing more than systemic social ills confined to the urban core which can be easily dismissed due to demographic bigotry or because middle-class American life is inherently detached from any real meaning.
However . . .
A TOP ECHELON INSIDER MAKES AN IMPORTANT CONNECTION AND REVEALS HOW KANSAS CITY GENTRIFICATION IMPACTS THE GOLDEN GHETTO!!!
Here's the word:
"Some of your commenters have it right. When they discuss rising crime in Overland Park they often deride low-income apartments and housing -- But they're skipping a step. Where do you think the need for more low income housing emanates??? Why are their more people desperately searching for housing in the suburbs?
"Answer: They're being displaced because rents and mortgages for decent dwellings in Kansas City proper are simply becoming unattainable for the working poor. Right now, it's cheaper to live modestly in an Overland Park apartment complex than struggling to pay some of the insane costs for an equivalent dwelling in KC proper. Meanwhile, Kansas City is adding higher income residents, compounding the drain on Overland Park which is now a full-on inner-suburb OR let's just call it a ghetto that's not so 'golden' any longer.
The final ingredient, of course is that the new lower-income residents are bringing their problems to the suburbs where authorities don't have the resources or experience of urban police departments which is unfortunate given the uptick in homicides, violence and theft we've seen in Overland Park over the past few years."
It gets worse and there's also a connection to gunplay at Oak Park Mall last night.
"The migration caused by the Kansas City housing crisis is obviously taking hold at the mall which is just one element of their problems in the age of Amazon and the death of brick & mortar retail. Look the average shopper: The consumer profile has dramatically shifted over the past 10 years along with the stores. Nordstrom's leaving for The Plaza is one just one example of the consumer shift at play. This trend has taken hold previously in the metro . . . At Bannister Mall. And the consequence is clear:
"The death of the mall drags down the entire community surrounding it."
"It's not just blight and certainly not strictly a racial dilemma given the increasing number of poor whites in OP as well. Instead, the dire situation is emblematic an economic factor at the root of the problem - The dearth of affordable housing. Also , I think it's important to point TKC readers toward research that offers more evidence which compounds the threat: Places with pronounced income inequality are more likely to have high rates of violent crime. So, again, citing the low-income resident influx and rising crime which correlates with the trend isn't something mentioned to encourage intolerance but merely a pattern of population study that has been proven.
"So, the KCMO housing crisis along with several other factors connect the metro in the midst of a low-income migration at the root of more violence at the mall and throughout Overland Park."
Of course it's inevitable that people are going to attach their politics or prejudices to this consumer and housing study. But the underlying lesson FROM THE TOP ECHELON KANSAS CITY INSIDER is one of unity. The information confirms that the metro is more interwoven than many residents believe and a problem in one part of town quickly becomes a growing concern throughout the entire community.
Developing . . .